One of my families favorite meals is Chinese food. We live in a relatively small town so the Chinese food we have to choose from is usually deep fried chicken, white rice and maybe a couple slices of carrots or celery.
The truth be told . . . it’s not like the real Chinese food I experienced when visiting China. There I tasted healthy recipes with lots of fresh vegetables and a little bit of meat. I don’t remember ever eating anything fried.
So, when my family suggested Chinese food, I cringe. There is one flavor I love with Chinese food though – orange chicken. Unfortunately, again, it’s usually deep fried and covered in some syrupy sweet sauce full of corn syrup and food coloring. But I love the flavor of orange and chicken together . . . so, I set out to make a healthy recipes version of my favorite Chinese food.
A Few Orange Chicken Tips
- It’s really important to brown the chicken very well. This will make the chicken almost crispy without any frying.
- Cook the sauce down until it’s very syrupy. The sauce will cling to the crispy chicken which is really, really tasty.
- If they chicken is getting overcooked and the sauce is still too liquid, add 1/2 tsp. of arrowroot to quicken then thickening process.
- Although the green onions are optional, I highly recommend them as they really make the flavor stand out.
- 6-8 chicken thighs
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ tsp ghee
- 3 Tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp peeled, grated fresh ginger
- Chopped green onions (optional)
- Pat chicken dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle chicken with sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Heat ghee in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned.
- While chicken cooks, grate rind and squeeze juice from orange to measure 1 teaspoon rind and ¼ cup juice.
- Add orange rind, juice, honey, and ginger to chicken. Scrape bottom of pan to loosen any browned bits.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and orange mixture is syrupy.
- Sprinkle with chopped green onions.