Orange Chicken on a white platter with orange zest on top

Gluten-Free Orange Chicken

Thanks to the use of coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and arrowroot starch instead of flour, this Gluten-Free Orange Chicken recipe is a great option for those on a Paleo diet.

3.80 from 5 votes
Orange Chicken on a white platter with orange zest on top
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Gluten-Free Orange Chicken Recipe

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 6
Calories: 339kcal


For the sauce:

  • 1 cup (240 mL) fresh orange juice
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) coconut aminos
  • tablespoons (23 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons (8 g) coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) grated ginger root
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup (120 mL) gluten-free chicken stock or water

For the chicken:

  • ¼ cup (60 mL) coconut aminos
  • 1 large egg , whisked
  • 1 cup (128 g) arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) sparkling water
  • 2 cups (475 mL) neutral fat, for frying (we use duck fat, ghee, or vegetable shortening)
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs , rinsed and cut into 1-2 inch chunks
  • 1 orange , zested, for garnish
  • Green onion , thinly sliced, for garnish


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine all the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow the sauce to reduce by a quarter, about 10-15 minutes.
  • While the sauce is reducing, make the batter. Whisk together the coconut aminos and whisked egg. Slowly add the arrowroot powder until you have the consistency of a thick pancake batter. Gently stir in the sparkling water.
  • Place the cooking fat in a heavy stockpot over medium-high heat, using a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature. When it reaches 375°F, dip the chunks of chicken into the batter and then place them in the hot fat in batches, so as not to overcrowd the pot. Fry until fully cooked and crispy, about 4-6 minutes. Remove and allow to drain on a paper towel.
  • Toss the fried chicken with the sauce. Garnish with the orange zest and sliced green onion and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Orange Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 171mg57%
Sodium 576mg24%
Potassium 544mg16%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 258IU5%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Asian Chicken Chinese Orange Paleo Primal Palate
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  1. Michelle
    June 29, 2021

    The arrowroot is way too much. My “sauce” turned into a brick. Once I diluted with more sparkling water and coconut aminos, it was fine. I used coconut oil to fry it. It turned out delicious. Would recommend if you cut in half the usage of Arrowroot and then slowly add IF NEEDED.

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