Chinese Orange Chicken: Authentic, Paleo, Gluten-Free
- 2 pounds chicken breasts cut into 2-3 inch cubes
- 1 cup cassava flour or coconut, tapioca or almond flour
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- 2 Medjool dates pitted
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons salt divided
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder divided
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Optional: 2 teaspoons arrowroot flour to thicken the sauce
- Mix flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder together in a large bowl. Add chicken cubes. Toss with your hands until equally coated.
- Heat avocado oil and ghee in a large skillet until melted and hot.
- Add some of the chicken cubes (do not overcrowd the pan) using tongs, and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Remove and set on a plate. Repeat process with remaining chicken until all are cooked. Note: you may have to add additional ghee and oil to the pan if doing more than 2 batches.
- For the sauce: in the same pan, add orange juice, coconut aminos, almond butter, sesame oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, minced ginger, vinegar, 5 spice seasoning, pepper and dates. The dates will not be covered by the sauce but that’s okay. Just ensure to flip dates over as sauce comes to a simmer.
- Bring to a simmer for 5-10 minutes, until all ingredients are combined and dates are soft. Remove from heat and pour into a food processor or use immersion blender to blend dates into the sauce.