No gluten? No worries! We’ve recreated a Chinese food favorite to make it gluten-free with flavors that rival the popular fast-food menu item. Our Orange Ginger Chicken recipe is a healthier, nutrient-dense, homemade version of the traditional coated and deep-fried Chinese take-out meal. The key to this lightened-up restaurant classic is simply that we saute lean chicken breast instead of fry it! We love how the pieces of white meat chicken and fresh citrus sauce simmer together to create a delicious and nutritious one-pan dish that is loaded with refreshing winter orange and warming ginger. Our chicken is tender, juicy, and infused with sweet and tangy flavors from fresh orange juice, garlic, and plenty of ginger. Our recipe does not include any unnatural sweeteners and is only made with real, nourishing ingredients. This Orange Ginger Chicken is so easy to make and can be prepared even quicker than delivery service– a healthy, cook-at-home meal that takes the temptation out of take-out!
Nutrient Booster: Ginger
Ginger is one of the healthiest and tastiest spices, loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that benefit the body and brain. While ginger is best known for having an abundance of digestive health benefits, it is also teeming with many other nutritional properties. Research shows that ginger can help lower fasting blood sugar in individuals with type 2 diabetes as well as improve various heart disease risk factors in these patients. Ginger can also help lower bad cholesterol in the body which is important for maintaining a healthy heart. Ginger has long been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It is a common ingredient used to make tea, in sweet recipes such as cookies, gingerbread, and ginger ale, and in savory dishes such as curries and stir-fries, like our Orange Ginger Chicken. Fresh or dried, ginger adds both spice and nutrition to a variety of recipes.
Our Orange Ginger Sauce is DELICIOUS–good enough to eat by the spoonful but even better to coat your chicken, grains and veggies! For a nutritious, well-balanced meal, serve this chicken dish with Wondergrain sorghum and your favorite veggies. We love pairing this dish with sorghum, not only because it is a tasty, gluten-free grain, but also because it provides so many health benefits. Plus, sorghum absorbs the flavors of the ingredients when added to recipes which makes it the perfect pair for this flavorful dish. This sauce can easily be doubled and generously ladled over any extra whole grains or vegetables too!
Orange Ginger Chicken
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, optional
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ cups fresh orange juice
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth
- 1 ½-2 tablespoons ginger, sliced or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
Optional (For Serving)
- 1-2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 teaspoons fresh mint, chopped
- 2 ½ cups cooked sorghum
Place the chicken in a plastic zip-top bag and pound it using a mallet or an empty bottle to an even thickness of about ½ inch. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large saute pan or grill pan over medium-high heat. Place the chicken in the pan and sear until browned, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. When done, place the chicken on a plate and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Add remaining coconut oil to the pan. Add garlic and saute until lightly brown about 1 minute. Add orange juice, broth, and ginger and bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced by half or about 3 minutes.
Place chicken on a cutting board and slice it into medium sized pieces with a chef's knife. Add the chicken to the saute pan and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked to 165 degrees F°.
Transfer the coated chicken to a platter leaving the sauce in the pan. Remove the ginger slices, and stir the balsamic vinegar and mint into the sauce, if desired. Mix some of the sauce in with the sorghum then ladle sauce over the chicken, and serve warm over cooked sorghum.
Serving size: 4 ounces chicken + 1/2 cup sorghum, Calories: 395 calories, Fat: 10 grams, Saturated fat: 6 grams, Carbohydrates: 40 grams, Sugar: 9 grams, Sodium: 205 milligrams, Fiber: 5 grams, Protein: 30 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams