Orange Chicken

Ever get a craving for Orange Chicken? I have a weakness for Panda Express’s deep fried sinfully delicious spicy sweet Orange Chicken.

About to make the turn for Panda Express one night, I decided to keep my wheel pointed towards home to try my luck at recreating the dish.

It was a huge success! I grilled the chicken instead of opting for the deep fryer and made my own orange sauce using honey, fresh oranges, and red pepper flakes.

Pan searing the chicken will work well too. You don’t have to grill it if you don’t own a grill or grill pan. If you consider honey to be under the paleo umbrella (I do – if eaten rarely), then this recipe is paleo!

What to eat it with? I put my orange chicken over a bed of fresh mixed lettuce greens. The extra sauce drizzled down over the lettuce and makes for a great dressing.


Orange Chicken

Total Time 0:00 Yields 4 servings
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  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast
  • zest of 1 medium sized orange
  • 4 medium sized oranges, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • sea salt for seasoning
  • cracked black pepper for seasoning
  • fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Wash and cut the chicken breast into 1 inch size cubes.
  2. Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper. Grill or pan sear until cooked through.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the honey, orange juice, red pepper flakes, orange zest, and coconut oil.
  4. Simmer the sauce for about 5 minutes.
  5. Once the chicken is finished cooking, add to the orange sauce and toss.
  6. Top with fresh cilantro and serve!


Recipe Notes

Approximate Nutrition Facts:

Serving size: 1/4th portion

230 Calories; 6 g Fat; 24 g Protein; 15.5 g Sugar


17 Responses to “Orange Chicken”

  1. #
    JGposted April 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Awesome! What a flavorful zesty orange chicken …move over Panda!

  2. #
    inherchucksposted April 16, 2012 at 1:11 am


  3. #
    momwhearinglossposted April 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Reblogged this on MOMWHEARINGLOSS and commented:
    Orange Chicken – my favourite!

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      fedandfitposted April 16, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Thanks for the reblog!

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      momwhearinglossposted April 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks for the recipe – I’ll be making this recipe as soon as I get a chance1

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    Laura Leigh Goyerposted April 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    This looks delicious! I have all this stuff in the house too so I may just give it a try.

  5. #
    Dani Leeposted April 25, 2012 at 10:23 am

    this is going to be the centerpiece of my dinner party this evening 🙂 Excited to try it.

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      fedandfitposted April 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

      How exciting! I hope everyone loves it 🙂

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    Julianne Pierattposted September 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Delicious! I added some arrowroot powder (dissolved in water first), in order to thicken the sauce, because the orange chicken was, in my meal, served as a separate component than the salad. I appreciate you sharing this recipe!

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      fedandfitposted September 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, Julianne!

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    christineposted September 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I must not really know what a medium-sized orange is because I think mine had way too much juice. I had to pour over half of it out, then compensate for the other ingredients I lost (the honey and coconut oil). It turned out well after all, but can you specify how much juice you came up with from your oranges?

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      fedandfitposted September 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Christine! I’m sorry you had trouble. I would have to guess no more than 1/2 a cup of OJ. I’ll remake this recipe soon so I can confirm the amount. Thanks for your feedback!

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    sgarth05posted October 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I too had way too much juice but I took the recommendation of another poster and grabbed my arrowroot to make a nice marmalade type sauce. Yum!! We scooped ours over caulifried rice!

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    Julie Leonhardtposted November 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    This is very good. I’m eating healthier but miss the days of Panda Express. I use the frozen already cooked Tyson natural chunk chicken, when I’m in a hurry…like always!

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    Crystal Carverposted December 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Cooked my chicken a little long on the barbie :-/, but overall I loved the flavor. I did use arrowroot for a thickening agent and it worked. Next time I might throw all of it in a crockpot? Thanks for the recipe. Btw, love your blog. Cheers!


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