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Simply For Life Healthy Orange Chicken Saute

This chicken recipe from Simply For Life Calgary/Airdrie is a great alternative to the popular orange chicken found on many Asian take-out menus. It is lower in sugar and salt, but not on flavour! It makes a quick weeknight meal and leftovers are great for lunch the next day.

Adapted from Simply For Life Calgary/Airdrie by Antonia Harvey, P.Dt

Makes: 4-6 servings



1 tbsp coconut oil or margarine

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces


1/4 cup low- or no-salt added chicken broth

3 tbsp honey or maple syrup

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp orange zest

3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 tps hot sauce (or more, depending on preference)

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 pinch red pepper flakes

1 tsp sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


Photo used with permission from Simply For Life Calgary/Airdrie Facebook page.



  • Heat coconut oil or margarine over medium heat in a large frying pan. Add in the chicken pieces and stir fry until browned and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from frying pan and set aside.

  • While the chicken is cooking, whisk together the chicken broth, honey or maple syrup, garlic, orange zest, soy-sauce, hot sauce, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. After the chicken has been removed from the frying pan, pour the sauce into the pan.

  • Cook the sauce, stirring often, until the sauce has thickened, and coats the back of a wooden spoon.

  • Add the chicken back to the frying pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Remove from heat.

  • Serve chicken over brown rice and cooked broccoli. Top with sesame seeds if desired.


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