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Gluten Free Orange Chicken (WAY Better Than Take Out)

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Homemade gluten free orange chicken. There’s no way it could ever be as good as takeout, right?

Wrong!!

Orange chicken is one of those dishes that hubby and I get a craving for every now and then.

But, rather than going down the street and eating at Panda Express and loading up on salt, MSG, soybean oil, canola oil, etc., why not make it at home?

It is much easier than I once thought and I don’t know if I want to eat takeout orange chicken ever again!

Served with steamed rice, cauliflower rice, and/or steamed veggies, you’ve got a meal that is sure to satisfy.

Honestly though, the gluten free orange chicken is delicious on it’s own and I often just snack on it by itself!

A Few Notes About this Gluten Free Orange Chicken Recipe

1. You can use whatever flour you have on hand. If you tolerate grains, use your favorite grain-based flour. If you are grain- / gluten-free, use almond, coconut, or your favorite gluten-free mix.

2. The palm shortening (affiliate link) is a great fat for frying because it is very stable at high heats and has a neutral flavor that is not transferred to the chicken. I ONLY buy my palm products from Tropical Traditions because they are harvested sustainably and DO NOT come from Indonesia where habitat and animals are being destroyed.

3. If you don’t want to use corn starch, you can use arrowroot or tapioca. If you do use cornstarch, always make sure it is from organic, GMO-free corn.

4. The key to crispy fried chicken is the process of coating it. You want to do dry –> wet –> dry. In my recipe’s instructions, that would be corn starch/arrowroot –> egg –> flour.

5. Some people have seemed concerned about the amount of sugar in this recipe. Let’s not forget that a dish like this should be considered a treat and is not one you want to consume regularly. I make this dish maybe twice a year.

If you want to reduce the sugar, you can reduce the amount of honey. Since we don’t consume high-sugar foods often, I don’t mind eating extra honey for this meal.

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Now, time to dive in! This recipe has a lot of steps, but it is worth it for special occasions. The prep time and sugar content are two reasons why this meal should be reserved for treats and not made regularly. :)

Better Than Take Out: Homemade Orange Chicken (Gluten and Wheat Free)
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
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  1. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAUCE
  2. In a medium sauce pan, combine all ingredients, except the corn starch and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, while whisking regularly to keep the honey from burning.
  3. In a small bowl or cup, mix the corn starch with the chicken stock or water. Mix well until there are no clumps.
  4. Slowly pour the corn starch mixture into the orange sauce, while whisking vigorously. Lower heat to medium-low and continue to stir. Once the sauce has reached your desired thickness, you can reduce the heat to low, or turn the burner off. If you leave the burner on, make sure you stir it regularly. I usually turn off the burner and let the sauce stand while I am preparing the chicken. It will stay hot for quite some time! If it has cooled off too much by the time you have your chicken ready, just re-heat over low heat and stir often.
  5. Make Ahead Tip: You can make this sauce in large batches ahead of time and freeze for fast dinners. The key is to prepare the sauce as directed, except do not add the corn starch. Portion and freeze. When you're ready to prepare it, re-heat and add the corn starch as directed above.

  6. INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHICKEN
  7. In a large frying pan, start heating two cups of palm shortening over medium to medium-high heat.
  8. Cut your chicken into bite sized pieces and dry off.
  9. Place the corn starch in a Ziploc bag and add the chicken. Toss the chicken pieces around until they are completely coated. Like I mentioned above, you don't have to use corn starch. I find that tossing the chicken in corn starch first yields a much crispier breading. If you don't want to use corn starch, you can substitute whatever flour you want.
  10. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk together.
  11. In a separate bowl, mix your flour, sea salt, and pepper together.
  12. Remove about ⅓ of the chicken pieces from the Ziploc bag and place them in the egg mixture. Coat each piece of egg and then place in the flour mixture. Coat each piece in the flour.
  13. Shake off any excess flour and place chicken in the hot oil, careful not to overcrowd the pan. I usually fry mine in 3 batches to ensure each piece gets crispy and golden.
  14. Flip each piece and allow to cook until the outside is golden brown. You may need to adjust your burner, depending on your stove. I sometimes have to lower my burner down to medium from medium-high. The pieces should be pretty small, so they will cook through in just a couple minutes.
  15. Remove the chicken from the pan and repeat for the rest of the chicken pieces. If I'm making a really big batch, I'll keep my cooked chicken on a sheet pan in a warm oven.
  16. If you want, when you're done frying the chicken, you can fry the slivers of orange peel. That is one thing that sometimes sets take out orange chicken apart. You get these crunchy bits of fried orange peel and I really enjoy those somewhat bitter morsels. My husband doesn't like them, so this is totally an optional step!
  17. You're ready to serve! We like to just add the sauce over our chicken, rice, and veggies. You can toss the chicken in the sauce if you'd like, but it will get soggy rather quickly.
  18. Enjoy!

What is your favorite Chinese take-out dish? Leave a comment below!

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Jessica is a real food nut, coconut everything enthusiast, avid reader and researcher, blossoming yogi, and animal lover. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

Discussion

16 comments

  1. Sounds delicious!

    Did I miss something? Once the chicken is fried, do you put them in the sauce? Will the sauce make the coating squishy?

    Thx in advance

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    Manal
    Posted 06/15/12

    • Hi Manal – You did not miss anything. I simply forgot to address that. I have added that into the instructions. We like to just pour the sauce over our meal, rather than tossing the chicken in the sauce, because it’s soggy if you toss it. But, if you’re going to eat it all for that one meal, it would be fine. We always have leftovers, so that’s why we keep it separated.

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      Jessica
      Posted 06/15/12

  2. Looks yummy! Do you save and re-use your palm oil? And do you know of any good deals on palm oil right now? I want to order some. Thanks!

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    Anne
    Posted 06/15/12

  3. I just tried this recipe, still in the process of finishing the sauce, its been on med-low for about 20-30 min, but adding the corn starch was a catastrophe. It was nearly a solid paste when added to the orange sauce, and now it is sitting in the pot not dissolving

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    brian
    Posted 07/03/13

    • Hi Brian – Did you mix the cornstarch with some water prior to whisking it into the sauce. Cornstarch can be finicky and you must mix it with water first, then slowly add it to the sauce, while whisking vigorously or else it will get clumpy. If you do end up with clumps, you can always whisk the sauce through a strainer to get it smooth again. Hope that helps!

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      Jessica
      Posted 07/05/13

  4. I’ve made this now twice, it’s great!! The sauce is fantastic.

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    lindsey
    Posted 07/11/13

    • Thanks Lindsey! Glad you enjoyed! This is my go-to comfort food! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 07/12/13

  5. I could kiss you!

    I made this tonight – it took forever, but was so worth it. I had to change a couple things due to what I had on hand, but it’s an amazing recipe. Kudos!

    I’ll be singing your praises for some time to come!

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    lydia
    Posted 02/18/14

  6. I always hate it when people 2nd guess a recipe by asking if a certain ingredient is paleo, but it is an honest question, not meant to be critical. Is buttermilk paleo? I have been off the dairy since going paleo, but I wasn’t sure if buttermilk was an exception I hadn’t heard about. If not, is there something to use in its place?

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    Veronica
    Posted 09/13/14

    • Hi Veronica – Dairy is not considered a “paleo” food. The primal diet allows for dairy if tolerated. Really, it all boils down to eating foods that you tolerate and that create wellness in your body. If you can tolerate dairy, then I don’t see anything wrong with incorporating it into your diet, provided that it’s from a clean, grass-fed/pastured source. I get tired of the “paleo police” who say that the diet has to be followed like a religion. I say experiment with foods, see what works for your body, and then go with that! Don’t worry about putting a label on your diet. :)

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 09/14/14

  7. Is there any way to print without the ad in the middle of the page?

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    Cheryl
    Posted 01/07/15

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