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Easy Keto Low Carb Orange Chicken

This Easy Keto Low Carb Orange Chicken is the perfect meal for healthy take-out at home! This sugar-free version can be made with either juicy chicken thighs or breasts and is drizzled with a decadent sauce and tossed with sesame seeds.

keto low carb orange chicken on a white plate with sesame seeds

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Healthy take-out at home? Yes please! No need for Panda Express or takeout when you have this recipe!

vinegar, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, and baking powder in separate bowls

Are Oranges Keto?

Oranges have a good amount of sugar, which makes it hard to keep them keto friendly. Most orange chicken recipes are made with orange juice. So are a lot of the restaurant versions. Orange juice has more sugar than the actual fruit. An 8 oz glass of orange juice is the equivalent to about 4 oranges. Yup, lots of sugar!

The actual zest from the orange peel has a small fraction of the sugar and carbs you will find in the actual orange and in orange juice. That’s what I use in the recipe. You still get the same great flavor of using an orange.

orange zest, sweetener, water, and an egg in separate bowls

What Type of Chicken to Use

I love to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they are loaded with so much flavor, they are also super juicy. You can also use chicken breasts or any cut of chicken you wish. It will not alter the cook time.

raw chicken thighs sliced on a cutting board

What Type of Sweetener to Use

To lighten up this recipe, I use granular monkfruit sweetener (to substitute white sugar). These sweeteners are natural, zero-calorie, zero-carb, and won’t spike blood sugar. I love that sweetener doesn’t have an aftertaste.

If you use something like stevia, you can follow the standard method you use for converting refined sugar to stevia. Monkfruit sweetener measures 1:1 like refined sugar.

raw chicken thighs in a glass bowl

How to Make Keto Orange Chicken

  1. Add chunks of chicken to a large bowl. Add a beaten egg to the bowl and stir. Add baking powder, salt, and pepper and stir. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.
  2. Bake or air fry.
  3. While the chicken cooks, add sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, sweetener, soy sauce, fresh ginger, orange zest, water, and vinegar to a saucepan on medium heat. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until the sweetener has melted and the zest disintegrates.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the sauce to a small bowl with xanthan gum and stir. When it thickens, add the mixture to the sauce and stir continuously. It will take several minutes to thicken.
  5. Coat the cooked chicken in the orange sauce.
raw chicken thighs in a glass bowl with raw eggs and baking powder
raw chicken thighs in an air fryer

How to Thicken the Sauce

I use xanthan gum. You only need 1/4 of a teaspoon. Once you have all of your ingredients combined for the sauce, add 2 tablespoons of the sauce to a small bowl with the xanthan gum and stir. When it thickens, add the mixture to the sauce and stir continuously. It will take several minutes to thicken.

Another low carb substitute for xanthan gum is the Keto Wheat Flour from King Arthur Baking. Combine one tablespoon with 1 tablespoon of water and add the mix to the sauce. Stir to thicken.

If you aren’t concerned with the carbs you can use a tablespoon of either flour or cornstarch along with 1 tablespoon of water. Combine the two in a small bowl and add it to the mixture.

collage photo of 4 photos showing how to make orange chicken sauce in a pan and tossed with orange

How Many Carbs

The dish has 7 net carbs per serving. 4.5 net carbs in each of the servings is from the orange zest. You can reduce the carbs by using something like orange extract. I prefer to use the real thing, and have not tested it. You will have to experiment with how much is appropriate to use.

What to Pair with the Dish

keto low carb orange chicken on a white plate with sesame seeds

How Long it Will Last in the Fridge

It will last in the fridge tightly sealed for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

The best way to reheat it is using the air fryer. I recommend 350 degrees for a few minutes until it’s warm. You can also use the microwave.

keto low carb orange chicken on a white plate with sesame seeds

Freezer Tips

The chicken will last in the freezer for 3-4 months, tightly sealed. Defrost in the fridge overnight.

keto low carb orange chicken on a white plate with sesame seeds

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keto low carb orange chicken on a white plate with sesame seeds
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Easy Keto Low Carb Orange Chicken

This Easy Keto Low Carb Orange Chicken is the perfect meal for healthy take-out at home! This sugar-free version can be made with either juicy chicken thighs or breasts and is drizzled with a decadent sauce and tossed with sesame seeds.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword healthy orange chicken, keto orange chicken, low carb orange chicken, sugar free orange chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 381kcal

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts Cut into 1 inch chunks.
  • 1 egg Beaten
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar Unseasoned and unsweetened.
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger If using ground ginger start with 1/8 teaspoon and add more/adjust to taste if necessary.
  • 2-3 garlic cloves Minced
  • 1/3 cup zero calorie sweetener
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest This is typically one orange, but will vary based on size. The zest should be very fine.
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum See notes for substitution.

Optional Garnish

Instructions

Chicken Assembly

  • Add the chunks of chicken to a large bowl. Add the beaten egg to the bowl and stir. Add the baking powder, salt and pepper and stir. Ensure the chicken is fully coated.

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.
  • Place the coated chicken in the air fryer.
  • Air fry on 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Open the air fryer basket and flip the chicken. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the coated chicken on a sheet pan and in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. (Flip the chicken halfway through.)

Sauce Assembly

  • While the chicken cooks, add all of the ingredients (except for the xanthan gum) for the sauce to a saucepan or skillet on medium heat. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until the sweetener has melted and the zest disintegrates.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of the sauce to a small bowl with the xanthan gum and stir. When it thickens, add the mixture to the sauce and stir continuously. It will take several minutes to thicken.
  • Coat the cooked chicken in the orange sauce. Serve with sesame seeds if desired.

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Notes

  • Since orange juice isn’t used, the dish may look more brown than orange. This is fine.
  • Taste the sauce repeatedly and adjust to suit your taste. The first time you make it, I recommend starting with half of the sweetener noted in the recipe. Continue to taste and adjust as needed. The same goes for the other ingredients like the ginger and soy sauce. Add more or use less in order to fit your preference. 
  • Double the ingredients for 4 servings. I would start with 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and adjust to taste if necessary. Start with 1/3 cup of sweetener (as noted in the recipe) and adjust to taste if necessary.
  • Monkfruit sweetener measures 1:1 like refined sugar. If you want to use table sugar you can use the same amount noted in the recipe.
  • Another low carb substitute for xanthan gum is the Keto Wheat Flour from King Arthur Baking. Combine one tablespoon with 1 tablespoon of water and add the mix to the sauce. Stir to thicken.
  • If you aren’t concerned with the carbs you can substitute xanthan gum for either flour or cornstarch along with 1 tablespoon of water. Combine the two in a small bowl and add it to the mixture.
  • I recommend using a citrus zester to zest the orange. You want the zest to be super fine so that it easily disintegrates within the sauce mixture. You can also use the fine side of the cheese grater. If your zest isn’t fine enough and you run into trouble getting it to incorporate with the sauce, you may need to strain it. Ensuring it’s fine in texture prevents this.
  • You can reduce the carbs by using something like orange extract. I prefer to use the real thing, and have not tested it. You will have to experiment with how much is appropriate to use.
  • Macros use chicken thighs. Feel free to use a calculator of your choice and adjust as necessary.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 18g
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Recipe Rating




Angele D

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Very full of flavor and zing! Forget the Chinese takeout you have this recipe now!

Hayley

Wednesday 20th of January 2021

This recipe should really be called “The Only Orange Chicken Recipe You’ll Ever Need” because keto or not, this is delicious! It hits all the right flavour notes and is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and salty. A great choice for weeknights, you’ll love how well time managed this recipe is! You can whip up the sauce, some (cauli) rice and a veg all while the chicken bakes and enjoy a healthy and balanced dinner in about 30 minutes. Thank you Brandi for another amazing recipe!

staysnatched

Thursday 21st of January 2021

haha I love that! Maybe I will change the name.

Erin

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Loved this recipe! Brandi always provides the best information in her posts to guide you through the recipe. This will definitely become a staple. Served it on riced cauliflower as she recommended and it was delicious. Can’t wait to reheat the rest for lunch this week.

staysnatched

Thursday 21st of January 2021

Yay! Such a great lunch option.

donovan wettlaufer

Monday 18th of January 2021

I really love this recipe along with other recipes you have on here!

staysnatched

Thursday 21st of January 2021

So glad you enjoyed the orange chicken!

donovan wettlaufer

Monday 18th of January 2021

I really love this recipe along with other recipes you have on here!

staysnatched

Thursday 21st of January 2021

I'm glad you enjoyed it!