Healthified GF Orange Chicken

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Chinese food is good. Really good. Orange chicken was always one of my favorites so I was super excited to re-create it using better, healthier ingredients. I also like to know where my chicken comes from (and that it’s actually chicken).

This meal also takes about 30 min to make since I used a frozen vegetable blend and an air fryer. It is super easy to make when you’re short on time but want everyone to think you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen.

Here are the 3 things you’ll need:

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I also threw in some fresh broccoli because I had it but these stir fry vegetables work well just on their own.

Instructions:

  • Place frozen chicken into the air fryer at 350 for 20 min. ( I like mine extra crispy but you could do anywhere from 15-20 min depending on your preference)

  • Cook noodles according to package

  • Sautee stir fry veggies in olive oil. I added some sesame oil, coconut aminos, ground ginger, and sriracha to really add some flavor to the veggies.

To make the orange sauce:

  • Heat a small pan over medium heat

  • Add juice of 2 oranges (or 1/2 cup or orange juice)

  • Add 2 tbsp coconut aminos (can also use soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, whatever you have on hand or prefer)

  • Add 2 tbsp arrowroot starch

  • Add drizzle of honey (optional, but recommended)

  • Start whisking! It will bubble and thicken quickly so you have to pay attention and make sure you are whisking pretty constantly.

  • Once it gets to desired thickness and consistency, pour the sauce over the cooked chicken in a bowl.

  • Mix well until all sauce is distributed, and serve with noodles and veggies!

Dana halsey