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Baked Orange Chicken

This baked orange chicken recipe combines crispy oven baked chicken with a simple orange sauce that’s unbelievably low calorie. Seriously, other than a touch of olive oil, the sauce has <100 calories! 

You can serve this baked orange chicken with rice, veggies, or even on its own. And it reheats really well so you could make a big batch and have lunch meal prep squared away for the week.

You'll love this healthy Chinese take-out alternative! This baked orange chicken is loaded with sweet and spicy flavors and every serving has a super filling 40g of protein with just 4 WW SmartPoints!

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Baked Orange Chicken Ingredients

The baked chicken portion of the recipe is almost the same as my General Tso Chicken. The orange chicken marinade is the only difference, with the substitution of orange juice instead of soy sauce. 

For the breading, you’ll need breadcrumbs and grated parmesan. Like I mentioned in the General Tso recipe, you can swap the breadcrumbs for crushed pork rinds or gluten free breadcrumbs if you need a lower carb or gluten free substitute. 

how to make the crispy baked chicken for baked orange chicken

You can also skip the parmesan if you need a dairy free option. The chicken will be slightly less crispy after baking, but it still holds up fine in the sauce. 

The baked orange chicken sauce ingredients are pretty straightforward, and I bet you have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. If you’re new to my recipes, the Walden Farms syrup may pop out.

This is a calorie-free syrup option that I’ve used in everything from honey chipotle crockpot chicken to protein granola. Feel free to swap for other sugar free syrups, honey, or even brown sugar like I used in my General Tso recipe. 

how to make orange chicken sauce

Other than that, I’ll add that you can get away with using another vinegar if you’re missing rice vinegar. And you can use your choice of oil to start the sauce. If you like spicy orange chicken, chili oil packs a serious punch. 

Final Recipe Notes

I made the same nutrition facts mistake from the General Tso recipe and didn’t get the weight of the entire recipe. So, the recipe is divided into 4 servings. If you’d like to find the weigh of each serving, weigh the entire cooked recipe and divide by 4 (or however many servings you’d like). You could also count the total chicken pieces and divide that way. 

Rice is always the right pairing idea. If you’d like a lower carb option, check out my air fryer fried cauliflower rice.

And I think that’s all ya need to know. I’d love to know what you think about this baked orange chicken. You can leave a recipe review or take a photo of your creation and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff.

healthy baked orange chicken recipe

Baked Orange Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Crispy oven baked chicken tossed in a sweet and spicy orange sauce.

Ingredients

For the Baked Chicken

  • 1 1/2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) Rice Vinegar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 3/4 C (90g) Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp (15g) Grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, optional

For the Orange Chicken Sauce

Instructions

For the Baked Chicken

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and place a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. Zest an orange and set the zest aside for the sauce before juicing the orange into a large bowl. Add the egg, rice vinegar, and black pepper. Whisk together.
  3. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and add to the orange juice mixture. Stir to coat the chicken. chicken breast pieces in egg mixture
  4. Mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan in a large bowl. Dip the chicken pieces in the breadcrumbs and add to the wire rack. If you have leftover egg mixture and breadcrumbs, you can run a few pieces back through a second time. baked chicken before baking
  5. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the largest pieces reach an internal temperature of 165F.

For the Sauce

  1. Mix the chicken stock, soy sauce, pancake syrup, orange juice, and crushed red pepper together, reserving the orange zest for the end of cooking. Set aside. mined garlic and ginger, orange zest, and orange chicken sauce ingredients on a cutting board
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat before adding the ginger and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds. ginger and garlic cooking in olive oil
  3. Add the chicken stock mixture to the pan. Continue cooking, stirring often, until the sauce thickens. This should take 6-8 minutes or about the same time as the chicken comes out of the oven. orange chicken sauce before reducing
  4. When the sauce thickens, remove from the heat, add the orange zest, and stir before adding the baked chicken and stirring to coat. Top with sesame seeds, additional orange zest, green onion, and serve over rice or vegetables. orange chicken sauce before adding baked chicken

Notes

Each serving has 4 Smart Points.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Servings Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 11gCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 40g

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Annie

Monday 1st of February 2021

I made the orange sauce with the Tyson air fried chicken breast’s (because I am not a cook and it saved time). Wow! I used the Aldi brand of the Trop 50 orange juice to save some calories and it worked well! Great flavor and it thickened up.

Grace A

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

This chicken is fabulous! I have been gluten free for many years and it is so easy to modify with gluten free breadcrumbs. Even my husband who can still eat regular chinese thinks this is the best homemade chinese we make! It’s easy and a crowd pleaser. We love to pair with roasted broccoli and cauliflower rice, especially the kind from Trader Joes.

Melissa H.

Monday 20th of July 2020

I have tried several of your recipes, and not been disappointed with any of them. After following the WW program for over 5 years I had never found a satisfying substitute for take out Chinese, that ended here!! We have this at least once a month and I pass it on to everyone! Mason you nailed this one!!😋 The only thing I do differently is use my air fryer to cook the chicken because I don’t have a rack to do it in the oven. No other change is needed.

Angie

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

This recipe has been my lunch each day this week. So yummy! I made a little extra sauce and tossed it with cauliflower rice. It gets better each day!

Amy

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

My family has asked for this again and again. It is the ONLY good orange chicken recipe that I have found. I have used both boneless thighs and breasts and both are delicious. I love that it is low in sugar.

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