This keto orange chicken recipe only has 6 grams net carbs per serving! It tastes even better than takeout and only takes 45 minutes.
I love it when I create a recipe that saves me money and a trip to the drive-through. This recipe tastes restaurant-good – and your family is going to agree! Make this on a night that you are craving Chinese food. The chicken comes out crispy and in a sticky-sweet sauce, just like your favorite Chinese restaurant makes it, only without all the sugar and carbs.
One Of My Fav Easy Keto Chinese Recipes
From start to finish, this recipe only takes 40 minutes to make. That’s less time than it takes for DoorDash to arrive with your food! I love how incredibly simple it is. Plus, when you make your own healthy recipes at home, you’ll save money too. There is so much to love about this sweet recipe.
Healthy Orange Chicken
Every single ingredient in this recipe is good for you. From the almond flour breading on the outside of the chicken to the fresh orange juice, this recipe has a bold, fresh flavor.
Here is what I used in it (all the amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post)
- Chicken Thighs – you can use chicken breasts instead. Chicken thighs come out juicier, so I prefer to use them.
- Almond Flour – used almond flour, not almond meal.
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Pork Rinds – use unflavored pork rind crumbs. This is what makes the chicken crunchy.
- Garlic – fresh is best. If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can use a teaspoon of garlic powder.
- Ginger paste
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Soy Sauce – low-sodium is healthiest, but you can use any type of soy sauce.
- Orange juice
- Orange zest
- Sugar-free honey
- Chicken broth
- Green onions
- Cauliflower Rice – this is my favorite cauliflower rice recipe, or you can use frozen cauliflower rice to save yourself time.
Are Oranges Or Orange Juice Keto?
Oranges are usually not keto-friendly, especially not orange juice. That’s why I only used a few tablespoons of orange juice in the entire recipe. It did increase the carb count slightly, but not enough to disqualify it as a keto dish.
Homemade Keto Chinese Food
There are lots of ways you can serve this. If you want to try and stay authentic like the restaurants, serve this orange chicken with some cauliflower rice.
I enjoyed just eating it by itself with some steamed broccoli on the side. You can also pile the orange chicken on some lettuce wraps too for a mess-free lunch.
There are also quite a few ways you can customize this recipe. After you make the nuggets, you can make any variety of low-carb sauces for it. Try a keto sweet and sour sauce or make some keto chicken teriyaki.
Best Keto Orange Chicken
My family and I love this recipe! It’s not only kid-friendly but it is budget-friendly too. Make a big batch of it because it will last for about a week in the refrigerator. It’s the perfect protein for your meal prepping.
For a vegetarian version of orange chicken, use cauliflower florets in place of the chicken pieces.
Keto Orange Chicken Recipe
Here is the entire list of ingredients you’ll need for this recipe. Exact measurements can be found within the printable recipe card below
Keto Orange Chicken
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
Net Carbs: 6 net carbs per serving
Skinless chicken thighs
Heavy whipping cream
Pork rind crumbs
Rice wine vinegar
Fresh orange juice
Sugar free honey
1. Place the almond flour into a shallow bowl or plate. Add the egg and heavy whipping cream to a small bowl and whisk to combine well. Put the pork rind crumbs into a shallow bowl or plate.
2. Dip the chicken pieces into the almond flour, then the egg mixture, and finally into the pork rind crumbs.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Cook the chicken evenly on both sides until it is completely cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
5. In a bowl, whisk together the orange juice, zest, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar free honey and chicken broth until well combined.
6. Place the minced garlic and ginger paste into the skillet over medium heat, and saute for 15-30 seconds.
7. Pour the sauce into the skillet, and saute until it thickens a bit.
8. Add the chicken back into the skillet, and toss to coat in the sauce.
9. Serve the chicken over cauliflower rice, and top with green onion for garnish.
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Keto Orange Chicken Recipe
This keto orange chicken recipe is a budget-friendly meal that tastes just like takeout!
- 1 lb chicken thighs boneless, skinless, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup pork rind crumbs
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
- 2 tbsp sugar-free honey
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup green onions
Place the almond flour into a shallow bowl or plate. Add the egg and heavy whipping cream to a small bowl and whisk to combine well. Put the pork rind crumbs into a shallow bowl or plate.
Dip the chicken pieces into the almond flour, then the egg mixture, and finally into the pork rind crumbs.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Cook the chicken evenly on both sides until it is completely cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the orange juice, zest, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sugar-free honey, and chicken broth until well combined.
Place the minced garlic and ginger paste into the skillet over medium heat, and saute for 15-30 seconds.
Pour the sauce into the skillet, and saute until it thickens a bit.
Add the chicken back into the skillet, and toss to coat in the sauce.
Serve the chicken over cauliflower rice, and top with green onion for garnish.
Net Carbs: 6 Net Carbs Per Serving
The nutritional information for this recipe is calculated as a courtesy and is an approximate only. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipes on this site.
Easy Keto Chinese Recipes
If you enjoyed this keto orange chicken recipe, then you will love these Asian-inspired dishes too. They are some of my go-to dinner ideas.