Sugar Free Low Carb Orange Chicken that is easy to make.
This delicious chicken is full of sweet and sour goodness in every bite with a hint of a sweet citrus flavor.
What to know about Sugar Free Orange Chicken.
This orange chicken recipe is for those of us who like orange chicken but, do not like all of the (brown) sugar that comes with it.
I like that this 'skinny-version' method of making orange chicken is also a bit more friendly to the average diet as well.
Did you try my Low Carb Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe?
That cauliflower fried rice is another 'skinny' version of a favorite Asian dish.
Cauliflower rice is the perfect side to share this orange chicken with!
To make this recipe you will need sugar free orange marmalade. You can find sugar free orange marmalade here.
Frequently asked questions about orange chicken.
Orange chicken is a popular dish in the United States which is said to have been inspired by General Tso's Chicken. When compared to General Tso's chicken, orange chicken is more mild (less spicy) than its inspiration.
Orange chicken is a breaded chicken which is first fried or cooked in a pan. The chicken is then combined with the sweet and citrusy sauce before serving with rice or a vegetable of choice.
The flavor of orange chicken is influenced by the 'orange' elements that are added to it in addition the the sweet elements. That is, orange chicken is both sweet and sour thanks to the balance of the ingredients listed.
In addition to the orange and the sweet elements, the flavor of this chicken can also be influenced by the vinegar (acid) and the hoisin or soy sauce (Asian) that is added to the sauce. Lastly, adding seasonings as desired, such as salt and garlic, can make this recipe even more flavorful and personalized to a palate.
Tips for making low carb orange chicken.
Orange chicken is normally made with the darker meat from a chicken however,my recipe features chicken breast, or the light meat. Feel free to use the chicken of your choice.
More helpful tips for you.
- My chicken is made using a low carbohydrate flour alternative to regular flour in order to keep the carbs down. Feel free to use the flour of your choice as long it can be used like regular all purpose flour.
- If your sauce seems too thin to your liking you can thicken it up. Try mixing in a bit more of cornstarch or (low carb) Xanthan gum.
- My orange chicken is sweetened with the marmalade that is added to it. If this is not sweet enough for you, you can add additional sugar alternative as desired. I really like a brown sugar alternative for this recipe.
How to store sugar free orange chicken
This orange chicken should be stored in an airtight container and refrigerator for up to four days. Orange chicken can be easily reheated on low heat. Adding a teaspoon or two of water can help the consistency of the sauce if needed.
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About this easy recipe for Orange Chicken made with no added sugar.
This simple recipe for orange chicken is based upon a standard recipe/
However, this recipe can be made without the added sugar and carbohydrates.
There are three parts to this recipe.
We will start by cooking the chicken. Then we will make the sauce before combining the ingredients together to make a great dish.
Ingredients needed to make Sugar Free Low Carb Orange Chicken
For the chicken.
- Boneless Chicken Breast- Cut these into 1- 1 ½" bite sized pieces.
- Eggs. The eggs should be whisked or whipped.
- Flour Alternative. You can find flour alternatives, such as carbalose (my choice) here.
- Oil. Olive or Vegetable oil can be used.
Ingredients needed to make a sugar free orange sauce.
- Orange Zest. This helps the chicken get that 'true orange flavor'.
- Orange Juice. We are using a small amount of fresh juice with no added sugar. You can alternatively use chicken broth for part or all if you are concerned about the sugar.
- Sugar Free Orange Marmalade. Marmalade adds both sweetness and orange flavor to this recipe.
- Rice Wine Vinegar. Make sure that you are using vinegar that has no added sugar.
- Soy Sauce. This is used as an alternative to hoisin sauce for an authentic flavor.
- Sesame Oil. Adds a bit of fat and flavor to the sauce.
- Xanthan Gum. This is added to help thicken the sauce to a good consistency.
- Garlic. Your garlic should be minced.
- Optional toppings. Chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
Expert Tip 👉 This recipe can be made in a skillet, wok, or saucepan. You may need to make adjustments in cooking as needed depending on the pan you are using.
How to make Sugar Free Low Carb Orange Chicken
- Prepare your chicken by cutting it into bite sized pieces if it has not been done yet. Also mince your garlic to get it ready for adding to the sauce.
- Start by creating a two shallow bowl dredging station with the whisked eggs in one bowl and the flour alternative and xanthan gum whisked together in the second bowl.
- Preheat your skillet with oil on medium high heat. Meanwhile, you can start by dipping the first piece of your chicken in the egg mixture and then dredge it in the flour, shaking off the excess ingredients as needed.
- Cook the chicken in the heated skillet until browned and no longer pink on the inside. While the chicken is cooking, you can line a plate or rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. When each of the pieces of chicken is done cooking you can place them on to the paper towels to sit until all of the chicken is done cooking.
- You can use a clean whisk to combine together the remaining ingredients to make the sauce. When your chicken is done cooking in the skillet you can then transfer the sauce to the skillet can cook the ingredients until it has thickened, whisking as needed.
- Turn the heat down to low and add the cooked chicken to the sauce in the skillet. Then you can cook the ingredients until warm and the chicken is fully covered with the sauce.
- Top your orange chicken with optional sesame seeds and chopped green onions before serving with cauliflower rice or as desired.
Expert Tip 👉 Cooking your chicken in batches is recommended as needed in order to prevent crowding of the chicken which can also result in uneven cooking.
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The Recipe Card for Sugar Free Low Carb Orange Chicken
This delicious recipe for Sugar Free Low Carb Orange Chicken is so good that it tastes just like the real restaurant version. No added sugar, gluten free, low carb.
Sugar Free Low Carb Orange Chicken
- 4 Chicken Breast -skinless, boneless, cut up
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Xanthan Gum - or as needed
- ½ cup Carbalose -see post for details and alternatives
- 3 tbs oil
For the sauce
- 1 tsp Orange Zest
- ¼ cup Orange Juice -see post for details and alternatives
- 3 tbsp Sugar Free Orange Marmalade -see post for details and alternatives
- 3 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
- 2 Garlic - minced
Optional toppings. Chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
- Prepare the chicken by cutting it into bite sized pieces if it has not been done yet. Also mince your garlic to get it ready for adding to the sauce.
- Create a two shallow bowl dredging station with the whisked eggs in one bowl and the flour alternative and xanthan gum whisked together in the second bowl.
- Preheat your skillet with oil on medium high heat.Meanwhile, dip the first piece of chicken in the egg mixture and then dredge it in the flour, shaking off the excess ingredients as needed
- Cook the chicken in the heated skillet until browned and no longer pink on the inside. While the chicken is cooking, line a plate or rimmed baking sheet with paper towels.When each of the pieces of chicken is done cooking you can place them on to the paper towels to sit until all of the chicken is done cooking.
- Use a clean whisk to combine together the remaining ingredients to make the sauce. When the chicken is done cooking in the skillet transfer the sauce to the skillet can cook until it has thickened, whisking as needed.
- Turn the heat down to low and add the cooked chicken to the sauce in the skillet. Cook the ingredients until warm and the chicken is fully covered with the sauce.
- Top with optional sesame seeds and chopped green onions before serving with cauliflower rice or as desired.
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This recipe was recently updated. Here is the original recipe.
First of all, What you will need to make this Sugar Free Low Carb Orange Chicken
- Chicken Breast- six skinless and boneless breast halves. Cut these into 1- 1 ½" pieces. However, chicken breast normally weighs 6-8 ounces , thus, each depending on the chicken.
- Flour alternative- ¼ cup. You could use regular all purpose flour or make this recipe gluten free by using gluten free flour instead of regular flour. Or, you can make this recipe low carb by using low carb Carbalose flour.
- Chicken Broth - 1 ½ cups. Followers of a low sodium diet are welcome to use a lower sodium chicken broth
- Sugar Free Orange Marmalade-⅔ cup.
- Rice Wine Vinegar- 1 tablespoon. However, look for one that has nothing with carbohydrates added to it.
- Soy Sauce- 1 tablespoon
- Garlic- 1 clove minced (can omit).
- Red Pepper Flakes- 2 teaspoons (can omit).
Lastly, How to make Sugar Free Low Carb Orange Chicken
- First start by sauteing or cooking the chicken until it begins to brown. Secondly, you can also use a vegetable spray on the skillet or use your preferred method of browning chicken.
- Meanwhile, we will make the sauce. Start by whisking together the flour alternative, chicken broth, and marmalade in a saucepan on low to medium heat. Next, stir in the remaining ingredients.
- When the sauce begins to bubble and the ingredients are combined, you can thus add the chicken to the sauce. First, lower the heat and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes.
- Alternatively, lastly you can place the cooked chicken into a prepared baking pan and also pour the sauce over it. Then bake this at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until it thus appears to be ready to serve. However, adding some vegetables such as broccoli is an idea when you are baking this orange chicken. As a result, you will have a great tasting meal.
Yes, there is a way to make Sugar Free Low Carb Orange Chicken.
I however, like that this sugar free orange chicken actually , in conclusion, also lastly tastes good as a result as well.
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Why is there no carbs in the ingredients box? There has to be some carbs.
I am not sure why the carbs are not showing. I use a third party calculator that should show the carbs. I can tell you that the carbs that are added come mostly from the Carbalose which is a low carb flour alternative. The marmalade may also add a couple of carbs. thanks
I like this very much
Thank you! It is really good 🙂
Where do I find carbalose never heard of it
Hi. You can find Carbalose here. Thank you!
Could I air fry these after to make them crisppier? I love the recipe but I’m worried I won’t like that the chicken isn’t fried, or could I fry some chicken and use this sauce?
Hi. I think it would take a bit of experimentation. I have not tried this in the air fryer. If you do, please let me know how it goes for you.
Has anyone tried using almond flour? Or coconut flour?
Hi. If you try using any of these flours please let me know how it works for you. Thanks