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Homemade gluten free orange chicken. There’s no way it could ever be as good as takeout, right?
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. 🙂 Making homemade orange chicken is much easier than you think, and I don’t know if you'll want to eat take-out orange chicken ever again! Make your own homemade chicken stock or broth here. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases. IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!!! This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered from Nutritionix and we often find their calculations to be slightly inaccurate based on the whole food ingredients we use on this site. Nutrition information can vary for a recipe based on many factors. We strive to keep the information as accurate as possible, but make no warranties regarding its accuracy. We encourage readers to make their own calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.
Better Than Take Out: Homemade Orange Chicken (Gluten and Wheat Free)
CRISPY FRIED CHICKEN
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 610Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 512mgCarbohydrates: 86gFiber: 5gSugar: 15gProtein: 45g
Making homemade orange chicken is much easier than you think, and I don’t know if you'll want to eat take-out orange chicken ever again!
Make your own homemade chicken stock or broth here.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!!! This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered from Nutritionix and we often find their calculations to be slightly inaccurate based on the whole food ingredients we use on this site. Nutrition information can vary for a recipe based on many factors. We strive to keep the information as accurate as possible, but make no warranties regarding its accuracy. We encourage readers to make their own calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.
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
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.
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!
You’ll want to toss the palm shortening after each use. It’s not worth saving, IMO. I get my palm shortening from Tropical Traditions: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_palm_shortening.htm. They also carry palm oil, but I don’t fry in palm oil because it has a very strong flavor. Many people don’t like the taste of palm oil: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/red_palm_oil.htm
OK, thanks! I didn’t even think about the distinction between shortening and oil.
No problem! 🙂
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
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!
I’ve made this now twice, it’s great!! The sauce is fantastic.
Thanks Lindsey! Glad you enjoyed! This is my go-to comfort food! 🙂
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!
Wow Lydia, thank you! That really means a lot! So happy to hear you enjoyed! 🙂
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?
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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Hi Cheryl! I have fixed that for you! 🙂
Delish! We made it tonight and it was great. The only thing is that it is rather hands-on and it required lots of attention.
Hi Jenn! So glad you liked it! Yes, this is a pretty detailed recipe, but that’s good because it keeps us from eating it every night! 🙂 It’s definitely a dish reserved for special occasions in our house! 🙂
Hi! I was just curious…the recipe says that it serves 4. How big of servings would that be? I have two teenage boys, so trying to decide if I should double the recipe. Also, does the sauce allow for a generous amount per serving?
Hi Meagan – The recipe only uses 1 pound of chicken, so each serving would be roughly 1/4 pound. Depending on what you serve it with, that might be plenty. We always have lots and lots of steamed veggies to go with it and sometimes rice. That said, you know your boys better than me, so you may feel that you need to double it. The sauce makes a lot. Sometimes I have enough leftover for another round of chicken, unless the people I’m serving it to want it extra saucy. Hope that helps! 🙂
This looks delicious. However, since we don’t typically fry our foods, I’m thinking that the sauce would be just as wonderful over grilled, broiled, or sautéed chicken! And I love the make-ahead idea for the sauce!
Yes, it would! It’s delicious on pretty much anything! 🙂
Jessica, you always have the best recipes. I can almost always count on yours not having foods that
are problematic for me. If they do have problem ingredients, there is always an easy substitute. I
enjoy following your blog and facebook page. I always tell those looking to change their diet that you
have the most user friendly, easy, and delicious recipes, and that the can find a substitute for anything they miss. Thanks for your excellent work. Rose
Hi Rose! Thank you so much for your kind words! I really appreciate them! 🙂
Made this for dinner tonight after making some of your muffins all day. Like others said, yes, a very exhaustive recipe…it took all 3 of us to help make dinner tonight but it was awesome, def BETTER than take out and I feel so satisfied! This is the first of your recipes I’ve made that left no leftovers…Well, except some leftover sauce. You mentioned the sauce freezes well before adding the cornstarch but what about after?
LL – Yay! So glad you guys liked it! Yes, the recipe is quite a bit of work, but that keeps us from eating it every day! 🙂 It’s definitely reserved for once in awhile around here. 🙂 You can freeze the sauce after it’s had the cornstarch added. When you re-heat it, it may break (thin out and separate). That’s OK, as you can just add a little more corn starch to thicken it back up. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
I was wondering I can’t use dairy right now. Is there something I could substitute?
Hi Jenny – You could use coconut milk, almond milk, etc. in place of the cultured buttermilk! Enjoy! 🙂
Made this tonight – great recipe! The only adjustment I made was using only half the honey. And it was sweet enough! Thanks Jessica! This one’s a keeper! : )
Hi Gail! Thanks for stopping by! So glad you liked it! Woot! 🙂 🙂
I used coconut oil instead of palm oil and it turned out great! Good find. I haven’t had orange chicken in years.
Hi Sarah – Yum! So glad you liked it! The coconut oil would add just a great flavor to this recipe.