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orange chicken plated with mini baked potatoes and veggies

Paleo Orange Chicken (Whole30)

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2-4 1x


This healthy paleo orange chicken recipe is cooked on the stovetop and covered in a homemade orange sauce.  It's paleo, whole30 and free from added sugar.


  • 1.5 - 2 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice*
  • zest from one orange (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp grated raw ginger
  • 1/2 tsp tapioca starch (or arrowroot)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (optional for color)
  • sesame seeds (optional garnish)


  1. In a large frying pan, heat avocado oil.
  2. Once hot, add the chicken and garlic.  Cook on medium-high heat until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, orange zest, coconut aminos, ginger, tapioca, salt and turmeric.  Whisk until the tapioca starch has completely dissolved.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked through, pour the sauce over the chicken.  Lower the stovetop heat to medium and continue cooking the chicken, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens.
  5. Top with sesame seeds (optional).
  6. Best served immediately.


*You'll need 1-2 large oranges, so get 2 just in case.  I used Navel oranges for this recipe.

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