Baked Orange Chicken

No need for takeout when you have recipes like this healthy Baked Orange Chicken recipe! It’s just as good, if not better, than anything you can order without any of the grease!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Chinese food! Like really love it! While traditional Chinese food is much healthier than the kind you order at the mall food court, I am not going to lie. I am always down for the food court, greasy stuff!

As much as I love it, it is not the best option in terms of health. Loaded with sodium, grease, and lets not forget MSG, it is less than ideal when you are trying to be health conscious.

While that is enough to deter me, the clincher lately is that even if I was tempted, I couldn’t order it because it is loaded with garlic and that is a no-no for me these days.

Close up of a plate of saucy Baked Orange Chicken.

Healthy Baked Orange Chicken

This Baked Orange Chicken recipe takes care of all those concerns! It is made with wholesome ingredients that I can feel good about and is baked instead of fried cutting down the grease factor big time!

Sometimes healthier versions of takeout favourites sound good in theory but, while passable, don’t quite deliver the same flavour impact. This is not one of those recipes! It really and truly does taste like the real deal and I don’t feel like I am making any compromises!

I might even go so far as to say it is better than the real deal! While I love ordering Orange Chicken at restaurants, it can sometimes come out dry. Baking the chicken in the oven produces nice, moist pieces that are way better in my opinion!

Ingredients in Baked Orange Chicken

  • chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • flour
  • cornstarch
  • oil
  • water
  • egg
  • orange juice
  • orange zest
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • honey
  • ground ginger

How to make Baked Orange Chicken

  1. Preheat oven and prep the chicken: Preheat oven to 400F and grease a baking sheet with oil. Cut chicken thighs into 1 inch cubes. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Prepare the batter and coat the chicken: In a large bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, oil, water, and an egg to form batter. The batter should have the consistency of a pancake batter. If it is too thick, add more water. Add the chicken to the batter and mix to coat. Place chicken on the baking sheet, shaking off any excess batter. Ensure the chicken is in a single layer for even cooking and to prevent sticking. Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  3. Prepare the sauce: Meanwhile, over high heat in a saucepan add all of the sauce ingredients except for the cornstarch and water. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce heat to medium heat. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Add it to the saucepan and whisk to combine. Once the sauce thickens, remove from heat.

  4. Toss and serve: When chicken is cooked, combine the chicken and sauce in a mixing bowl or the baking dish. Toss the chicken to coat it in the sauce. Serve over rice.

Making Baked Orange Chicken even healthier!

While this dish is already significantly healthier than its takeout version, you could make it even healthier by omitting the batter for the chicken. Instead, season the chicken with salt and pepper and place directly onto your baking pan. Bake in the oven until cooked through and then toss it in the orange sauce. Super yummy and super healthy!

Plate of baked orange chicken served over rice.

Bon appetit!

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Close up of a plate of saucy Baked Orange Chicken.

Baked Orange Chicken

Herbs and Flour
No need for takeout when you have recipes like this healthy Baked Orange Chicken recipe! It's just as good, if not better, than anything you can order without any of the grease!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 532 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg

Sauce

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F and grease a baking sheet with oil.
  • Cut chicken thighs into 1 inch cubes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, oil, water, and an egg to form batter. The batter should have the consistency of a pancake batter. If it is too thick, add more water.
  • Add the chicken to the batter and mix to coat. Place chicken on the baking sheet, shaking off any excess batter. Ensure the chicken is in a single layer for even cooking and to prevent sticking. Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, over high heat in a saucepan add all of the sauce ingredients except for the cornstarch and water. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce heat to medium heat.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Add it to the saucepan and whisk to combine. Once the sauce thickens, remove from heat.
  • When chicken is cooked, combine the chicken and sauce in a mixing bowl or the baking dish. Toss the chicken to coat it in the sauce. Serve over rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 24gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 644mgPotassium: 466mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 294IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 3mg
Keyword chicken, chicken breast, chicken thighs, citrus, orange, takeout, takeout fakeout
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One Comment

  1. Koula Koliviras

    5 stars
    Made this tonight for the first time and it was a hit!! It’s was amazing!!

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