Paleo Orange Chicken

Paleo Chinese Orange Chicken Chinese food, without the MSG.


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 3 T fat (coconut oil works well here)
  • juice of 2 oranges*
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 t fresh ginger
  • 3 T coconut aminos or wheat-free soy sauce
  • 1 t chili garlic sauce or sriracha
  • 3 green onions, chopped


In a medium size sauce pot, add the orange juice, zest, ginger, coconut aminos and chili garlic sauce or sriracha. Set over medium heat and let simmer to reduce and thicken while the chicken cooks. In a saute pan, heat 3 T of the fat of your choice, over medium high heat. Add the chopped chicken thighs and cook until a nice brown crust has developed on the chicken pieces, about 6 minutes. Add the chicken to the sauce pot and stir to coat with the orange sauce. Serve topped with sliced green onions. *Taste your oranges. If they don’t taste orange-y, then neither will this dish. Use tangerines if you gotta or add a teaspoon of sweetener until you’re satisfied with the flavor.

142 thoughts on “Paleo Orange Chicken

  1. Melisa Reply

    This is such a yummy dish! My whole family loves it! Never any left overs….

  2. Natalie Browning Reply

    This was as amazing as everyone has said! I substituted grapefruit for the oranges and it added another kick to it! Along with ground ginger instead of fresh as that’s what I had in the house :) SOOOOO good with cauliflower mash with caramelized onions and garlic. But next time I think I will try the veggies on the side with snap peas– the chicken is the star so it needs something a little simple to pair. Wonderful dish thank you so so much!

  3. Tatyana Reply

    I used chicken breast, ground ginger and it came out way better than any resturant I’ve ever been to. I am so glad to have another recipe to use my coconut oil with. Couldn’t find any soy sauce that said wheat free, but the one we have at home is fine, so it isn’t completely paleo, but I enjoy this. Making things from scratch. Thank you for this recipe.

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