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A Healthier Orange Chicken Recipe

Make your own healthy version of this classic Chinese takeout dish right at home.

Are you having a craving for your favorite Chinese takeout dish? Dreaming of chicken dunked in that deliciously sweet orange sauce? Thanks to this recipe, you don't have to wait for the delivery person to enjoy some orange chicken right at home! Plus, this version slashes the calorie count of your usual orange chicken takeout. So enjoy a healthier take on this classic Chinese takeout dish with our easy-to-make orange chicken recipe.

Nutrition: 380 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 212 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 18 g sugar, 30 g protein

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1/2 tsp. orange zest
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup bite-size strips red bell pepper
1 cup snow pea pods, halved diagonally
2 cups hot cooked brown rice
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
4 orange slices for serving (optional)

How to Make It

  1. For sauce, in a small bowl stir together orange zest, orange juice, the water, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper.
  2. In an extra-large nonstick skillet or wok heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken, pepper strips, and pea pods. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Stir sauce mixture and add to skillet. Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Serve over rice; top with green onions and, if desired, orange slices and additional orange zest.

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