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Sticky Orange Chicken

January 10, 2017

 Dinner just got a healthy makeover with this Sticky Orange Chicken Recipe! Made with 100% pure orange juice and organic baked chicken tenders in an almond meal crust, this tangy and sweet dinner recipe is a perfect weeknight meal.

Dinner just got a healthy makeover with this Sticky Orange Chicken Recipe! Made with 100% pure orange juice and organic baked chicken tenders in an almond meal crust, this tangy and sweet dinner recipe is a perfect weeknight meal.

I’m convinced that everyone needs a good chicken recipe up their sleeve. Just like chocolate chip cookies or a great cocktail, you never know when duty calls so you better be prepared with a go-to chicken recipe.

It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally I find myself hosting a spontaneous dinner party that requires me to whip up a hearty meal FAST. That’s exactly where I found myself last week when I may or may not have had an extra glass of wine and suddenly invited 5 people over for dinner with absolutely nothing on the menu.

Now, I am so my mother’s daughter where dinner parties are planned well in advance. I’m a slightly toned down version (she labels her dishes so she knows what to plate on!) but generally if I’m hosting I like to have a menu in mind.Dinner just got a healthy makeover with this Sticky Orange Chicken Recipe! Made with 100% pure orange juice and organic baked chicken tenders in an almond meal crust, this tangy and sweet dinner recipe is a perfect weeknight meal.So here I was with a room full of 6 people and absolutely no preparation done. In these cases, simple is best. But I’m also not going to pretend like I don’t love a good show-stopper meal so I had to come up with something on the fly. C and I eat these baked chicken fingers once a week but unless my best friend (who also has the taste buds of a 5 year old – sorry Sab!) is coming over, I generally won’t serve chicken fingers to my guests. So I needed some serious improv to up the ante on that recipe.

I looked in my fridge and I wasn’t working with much, but per usual had a carton of orange juice on the shelf. Orange + chicken is always a good idea. So I decided to attempt a sticky orange chicken recipe, without having any sort of high expectations.

Dinner just got a healthy makeover with this Sticky Orange Chicken Recipe! Made with 100% pure orange juice and organic baked chicken tenders in an almond meal crust, this tangy and sweet dinner recipe is a perfect weeknight meal.This sticky orange chicken was made with ingredients I already had in my home (win!) and was surprisingly easy to make (extra win!). You guys know I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking so hacks like using Tropicana® 100% Orange Juice make my life infinitely easier. Ain’t nobody got time to hand-squeeze oranges so I always have Tropicana OJ in my house for when I want 100% pure orange juice with nothing added.

With a side of rice and steamed green beans, the meal turned out better than I could have imagined and yes, it successfully show-stopped my guests! I’ve since made it 3 times and it’s now officially added to my dinner-party roster.

If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner recipe or last-minute dinner party idea, try this Sticky Orange Chicken. If your kitchen is stocked anything like mine, then you should have most of the ingredients on hand already. And if you do make it, be sure to share by tagging the image on Facebook and Instagram with #thehealthymaven, so I can check out your photos! I love seeing which recipes you guys make. Hope you enjoy!

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Sticky Orange Chicken

PREP TIME 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins

Ingredients

For The Chicken

  • 1 1/2 lbs organic boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

For The Sticky Orange Sauce

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp tapioca starch (mixed with 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp hot water for "slurry")

Instructions

    For The Chicken:

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.
    3. Crack an egg into a medium bowl and whisk.
    4. In a separate bowl combine almond meal, garlic powder, chili powder and sea salt.
    5. Using your left hand, place chicken piece into egg and then place into the almond meal-spice bowl. Use your right hand to coat chicken piece. Place chicken on a baking pan.
    6. Repeat process until all chicken is coated.
    7. Bake for 20 mins.
    8. Remove from heat and set-aside.

    For The Orange Sticky Sauce:

    1. Add coconut oil to a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic and saute for 1-2 mins or until lightly browned.
    2. Add in orange juice, rice vinegar, tamari and sesame oil and bring to a boil.
    3. In a small bowl combine tapioca starch and hot water. Mix well to form slurry.
    4. Add slurry to orange sauce and stir until well combined. Keep on high until sauce has thickened and then set temperature to low.
    5. Add in chicken and coat well with orange sauce.
    6. Serve with rice and veggies for a complete meal.

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    Dinner just got a healthy makeover with this Sticky Orange Chicken Recipe! Made with 100% pure orange juice and organic baked chicken tenders in an almond meal crust, this tangy and sweet dinner recipe is a perfect weeknight meal.

    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tropicana® Canada. I was compensated for my time, however all opinions expressed are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make THM possible!

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    • Reply
      Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday
      January 10, 2017 at 9:41 am

      This looks amazing – and so simple. Definitely going on my to-make list!

      I love hosting and planning dinner parties! I wish I could say I have a go-to menu, but I tend to try new things almost every time. Fortunately, it usually works out 🙂 A few of my repeat dishes are simple roasted honey mustard salmon with roasted veggies and seared balsamic chicken breasts with roasted grapes, though. Depending on the guests and my mood, I’ll make a fruit crisp or something ridiculously chocolatey for dessert.
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      Bethany @ Athletic Avocado
      January 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      I love a quick and easy chicken dinner like this sticky orange chicken! So flavorful and such a crowd-pleaser that no one will assume it’s healthier than takeout!
      Bethany @ Athletic Avocado recently posted…Low Carb Buckeye Brownie Banana Muffins + Break your sugar addiction

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      Casey the College Celiac
      January 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      I love how simple the sauce is! What a great, healthy-fied version of an old fave!
      Casey the College Celiac recently posted…5 Surprising Facts No One Tell You About Eating Gluten Free

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      Will Henss
      January 12, 2017 at 12:18 am

      Thank you for sharing this orange chicken recipe! This is a very healthy meal and at the same time it’s easy to prepare. We love doing potluck parties at work and I also host dinner and lunch parties sometime. I hope I can try this meal soon because I know this will be appreciated by the people who will taste this.

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      Leslie
      January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Wow you really nailed it! I love orange chicken! I also like to cook it with coke ( just a little) and beer sometimes. It’s a whole different experience!

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      Marianne
      January 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Looks delicious! My daughter has a tree nut allergy. Is there something I could substitute for the almond meal?

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        Davida @ The Healthy Maven
        January 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

        Any other nut or seed flour can certainly be used in place i.e. sunflower, cashew meal etc… You could try regular flour but I haven’t tried it myself!

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      ACKTIVE LIFE
      January 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

      This looks DELICIOUS and I was so happy to see your email this morning! I have missed your posts and I have absolutely LOVED your photos and messages on Instagram. You ROCK woman! XOXO
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        Davida @ The Healthy Maven
        January 13, 2017 at 11:31 am

        Thanks babes! Sorry for dropping the ball on the emails. Been a bit crazy around here! Happy to be back 🙂

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      Heather @ Creative Life Explored
      January 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I love it! This could totally satisfy my Asian food cravings and be a healthy alternative (and it probably even tastes better!). Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to hear all about your latest trip! Happy 2017!
      Heather @ Creative Life Explored recently posted…Chicken and Butternut Squash Bowls with Garlic Mushroom Sauce

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        Davida @ The Healthy Maven
        January 13, 2017 at 11:31 am

        Thanks, lovely!!! I’ve made this so many times. Totally replaces any asian food cravings! Next trip recap coming this weekend 🙂

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      Wayne
      January 18, 2017 at 10:14 am

      I love, love, LOVE the sticky orange sauce on the chicken on rice. I definitely am trying this for our family this week and pinning it 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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      Elizabeth
      January 24, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      I just made this and it was delicious! Family approved 🙂

      Love your blog, great writing and recipes.

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      Hannah Cross
      February 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Do you think i could use corn starch in place of tapioca starch? I wasn’t sure if that would change the texture or flavor.

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      Jennifer
      April 9, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      I’m just curious how thick the sauce is supposed to be. Mine was quite thin, even after I added the slurry. It was still delicious, though 🙂

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        Davida @ The Healthy Maven
        April 10, 2017 at 10:48 am

        That’s so odd! It always turns out thick for me. Sometimes the temperature of the water can affect the slurry. Glad it was still tasty though!

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      Catherine Flannigan
      May 4, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Hey! How can we find out the calorie count of your recipes please?

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