Healthy Orange Chicken (Gluten Free) – a healthier spin on your favorite takeout meal. This Healthy Orange Chicken is simple to make, gluten free, and full of flavor!

I’m a huge fan of making healthier versions of our favorite takeout meals at home. It’s easier than you think and is a great way to save on excess sodium and extra calories often found in restaurant meals. With just a few healthy ingredient swaps, you can have this Healthy Orange Chicken on the table in under 30 minutes, perfect for weeknight meals or anytime you want some delicious and nutritious comfort food!

Ingredients for Healthy Orange Chicken

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – click here for my favorite organic chicken!

Avocado Oil

Orange Juice

Coconut Aminos

Chicken Broth



Arrowroot Powder

What Makes This Orange Chicken Healthier than Takeout?

First of all, the chicken is not breaded and/or deep fried in unhealthy vegetable oils, but simply sauteed in avocado oil.

Coconut aminos is used in place of soy sauce and no extra salt or MSG is added, making it lower in sodium.

Arrowroot powder is swapped for cornstarch to thicken.

Raw honey is used to add natural sweetness, rather than refined sugar.

How to Make Healthy Orange Chicken

Begin by cutting your chicken breast into bite sized cubes. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook in avocado oil until done.

Make the sauce while the chicken is cooking by combining the remaining ingredients in a small bowl or mason jar. Whisk or shake vigorously until completely combined.

Pour the sauce over the cooked chicken and simmer until the sauce has thickened.

How to Serve

This Healthy Orange Chicken is excellent served the traditional way with a side of rice (white or brown) and steamed broccoli.

For an extra protein boost, try serving the orange chicken over quinoa.

Steamed green beans and stir-fried bell peppers are also great side dish options.

For a low carb option, serve over cauliflower rice.

Can I Freeze Orange Chicken?

Yes! After cooling, add to a freezer safe container, seal, and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply thaw in refrigerator and warm in the microwave or in a skillet.

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bowl of orange chicken, rice, and broccoli

Healthy Orange Chicken (Gluten Free)

Healthy Orange Chicken (Gluten Free) - a healthy spin on your favorite takeout meal. This Healthy Orange Chicken is simple to make, gluten free, and full of flavor!


  • 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup orange juice, fresh, if possible
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional


  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken to the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink.
  • While chicken is cooking, combine the orange juice, coconut aminos, broth, honey, garlic, and arrowroot powder in a small bowl and whisk well.
  • One the chicken is cooked through, add the sauce to the pan, stirring until it begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring, until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa with a side of steamed broccoli for a complete meal.


Calories: 285kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 915mg, Potassium: 637mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 133IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

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