Gluten Free Grilled Orange Chicken Recipes

Gluten Free Grilled Orange Chicken Recipe

You know how sometimes you are at the mall, famished from all the shopping and bag carrying, and you go to the food court and some enthusiastic teenager pushes a piece of orange chicken at you to taste? Yes? Well I have a confession – sometimes I really wish I could have a taste. I know it is fried and filled with gluten and probably about a thousand calories in just that one taste and that I shouldn’t want to taste it, but I do. I don’t taste it – I WANT to taste it!  After all, eating orange chicken used to be an integral part of my whole mall experience.

I kind of want to hurt that guy for bringing up the idea of orange chicken to me in the first place. Here I was all set to have a nice healthy salad for lunch and now all I can think about is orange chicken. And so with some disappointment and resentment I eat a salad. And a gelato. And … well … never mind.

If you, like me, miss the taste of orange chicken at the mall you will be happy to know that you can make a much healthier grilled version very easily with the help of some honey and gluten-free Orange Sauce from San-J. With a little forethought, I can have this recipe mostly prepared and waiting in the fridge for me when I return from shopping and finish my mall experience at home.

Now if I could just get Nordstrom to open up a shoe store in my living room …

Gluten Free Recipes Grilled Orange Chicken

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Gluten Free Grilled Orange Chicken Recipes
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Gluten Free Grilled Orange Chicken Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Marinate20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 336kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup San-J Orange Sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  • Cut chicken into 1½ inch pieces. Combine the San-J Orange Sauce and honey and put half in a medium mixing bowl, reserve the rest for later. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and toss to combine. Let chicken marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature or for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.  If you are marinating in the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature for 20 minutes before grilling.  If using wooden skewers, soak 4 in water for 20 minutes.  Pre-heat the grill to moderately high heat (450 degrees on a gas grill).
  • Divide chicken pieces onto 4 skewers allowing the chicken to touch but do not cram together. Brush grates of grill with oil.
  • Grill for 4 minutes with the lid to barbeque closed. Turn skewers over and grill another 4 minutes covered. Brush the reserved sauce onto the chicken and cook for another 2 minutes, turning several times, or until the chicken is cooked through but still juicy. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Grilled Orange Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 161mg54%
Sodium 153mg6%
Potassium 437mg12%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 41IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Anita
    September 14, 2011

    I hope you get the Nordstrom in your house! In the meantime these look amazing.

    1. September 15, 2011

      Wouldn’t that just be amazing?!

  2. September 15, 2011

    I love orange chicken – I’ll be making this! Thanks!

    1. September 15, 2011

      It is pretty yummy and so easy! Enjoy!

  3. Joy
    September 15, 2011

    I love Orange Chicken too! Can’t wait to try this.

    1. September 15, 2011


  4. September 15, 2011

    Gorgeous! Sometimes those ideas and memories “stir one up.” This recipe is a lovely way to get one’s orange chicken fix! ;-)


    1. September 15, 2011

      Thanks Shirley!

  5. September 15, 2011

    I have not yet seen this San-J Orange Sauce. Love their teriyaki though. But now you have ME thinking about orange chicken! I’ll just have to whip up my own orange sauce…I do have OJ and San-J wheat-free tamari here in the house. And chicken. I know what’s for dinner!

    1. September 15, 2011

      There you go! Almost as easy too :) And just FYI they launched their grilling sauces recently and they should be showing up on grocery store shelves more and more. They are already on my local store shelves and I live in a fairly small town. Enjoy your orange chicken!

  6. September 15, 2011

    Wouldn’t you prefer tangerine chicken? :-) I would go for the gelato any day, but this recipe sure looks good.

    1. September 15, 2011

      Hmmm, now you have me thinking about tangerine chicken! I will have to try that.

  7. September 15, 2011

    Amazing and simple! Love this Carol.

    1. September 15, 2011

      Thanks Alisa!

  8. Audrey J
    September 15, 2011

    I was all excited until I read the ingredients on the orange sauce. No soy for us!

    1. September 15, 2011

      Oh no! Well, maybe you can make your own using Braggs liquid aminos instead of soy sauce?

  9. September 15, 2011

    It sounds yummy!! It’s on my dinner list for the next week but I’ll use organic boneless chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins. Thanks for the recipe – it will be so easy to do after a busy day at work.

    1. September 17, 2011

      Thanks Lynne, the chicken breast will make it even lower in calories! ANd yes, it is soooo easy, perfect for after work.

  10. September 21, 2011

    I love recipes with less than 5 ingredients!!!

  11. September 29, 2011

    What a way to make chicken, simple yet still a delicacy. Can’t wait to try this. Nice photo

    1. October 4, 2011

      Thank you!

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  30. Maude
    August 23, 2016

    Again: a pre-made sauce is NOT cooking! You can’t possibly call yourselves a healthy cooking source when you are dumping processed, pre-made short cuts with unknown ingredients into your food and calling it cooking, or a recipe. Ugh

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