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Easy Whole30 Chinese Orange Chicken: Paleo, Gluten-Free

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Easy Whole30 Chinese Orange Chicken: Paleo, Gluten-Free



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This easy Whole30 Chinese orange chicken is the best takeout fake-out ever sometimes you just need some orange chicken in your life and this version is much healthier and there’s no delivery feel it’s also a Paleo orange chicken recipe, which makes it gluten free and made from real ingredients so you can skip the MSG.

In a past life it was not uncommon of me to order Chinese delivery at least once a week it was my favorite go to I would almost always order the orange chicken it still remains one of my favorite flavors which is why I knew I needed to figure out how to make it Paleo and Whole30 this Whole30 Chinese orange chicken obviously isn’t the real thing but I will say it’s a really great takeout fake out.

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When I started making this for myself and my boyfriend he prompted me to add it to the blog to go along with the other Chinese inspired recipes I have here it took a little refining and tweaking to get it blog ready but hey neither of us complained about having to eat it multiple times.

In the Whole30 orange chicken recipe, I do suggest using cassava flour. However you can make it with alter
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s like coconut flour you could use almond flour but it won’t have exactly the same consistency once cooked and be more gritty.

Cassava flour has become my favorite for breading things. In this case it gives it a lighter more “fried” taste than coconut flour does, in my opinion cassava can be found at many health food stores nowadays, like Whole Foods but it’s also available on Thrive Market and Amazon.

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Chinese 5 spice is another spice you will need for the Whole30 orange chicken I’m not sure how common it’s included in most of our spice cabinets if you don’t already have it you can pick it up at Target, Whole Foods, Amazon, Hy-Vee, and a number of other grocery stores it’s sometimes called just “5 spice” on the label if you can’t find Chinese 5 spice they are the same thing though not to worry.

You can serve this Paleo and Whole30 Chinese orange chicken over cauliflower rice roasted or sautéed broccoli or throw it into a stir fry.

Ingredients


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  • 1.5–2 pounds chicken breasts cut into 2–3 inch cubes
  • 1 cup cassava flour or coconut, tapioca or almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup orange juice 1.5 tbsp zest
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1.5 tablespoons creamy almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons arrowroot flour to thicken the sauce

Instructions


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  • Mix flour 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder together in a large bowl add chicken cubes toss with your hands until equally coated.
  • Heat avocado oil and ghee in a large skillet until melted and hot.
  • Add some of the chicken cubes do not overcrowd the pan using tongs, and cook till browned, about 2 minutes per side remove and set on a plate repeat process with remaining chicken till all are cooked. Note: you may have to add additional ghee and oil to the pan if doing more than 2 batches or replace the oil halfway through.
  • For the sauce: in the same pan, add orange juice, zest, coconut aminos almond butter sesame oil, 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder, minced ginger, vinegar 5 spice seasoning, pepper and dates the dates will not be covered by the sauce but that’s okay just ensure to flip dates over as sauce comes to a simmer.
  • Bring to a simmer for 5-10 minutes till all ingredients are combined and dates are soft remove from heat and pour into a food processor or use immersion blender to blend dates into the sauce.
  • Transfer the sauce back into the pan and add the chicken bring to a simmer again and stir frequently to evenly coat chicken if you prefer a thicker sauce at this time mix arrowroot flour with 1 tablespoon water in a small dish until dissolved and then pour into the pan stir to combine and allow to simmer for another 2-3 minutes to thicken.

Notes

Optional: you can skip the breading step and just cook diced chicken and serve with the sauce which makes the process much quicker

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