Healthier Orange Chicken and Vegetables

Healthier Orange Chicken and Vegetables – Skip the takeout and make this healthy chicken recipe tonight! Orange chicken sauce, chicken, and lots of veggies!

4 bowls of healthier orange chicken and rice with a bowl of white sesame seeds and black sesame seeds on the side

This orange chicken recipe is one of those rare recipes. It’s a unicorn if you will. When I serve this to my family for dinner, EVERYONE EATS IT. Not only eats it – but also LIKES IT.

As much as I love takeout, I don’t like how takeout makes me feel after eating it. It can be greasy, heavy, and while taste great going down, not so good later.

pan of orange chicken and vegetables

I recreated one of my son’s takeout favorites – Orange Chicken – and made a healthier orange chicken and vegetable version that we can eat more often and without the guilt (or bloat).

Another plus of this recipe is that you need to have everything prepped and ready before cooking. You can prep this in the morning or even a day ahead of time. It’s great for a busy weeknight. When you are ready for dinner, fire up your pan, and dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes.

ingredients for healthier orange chicken and vegetables

Ingredients //

This easy orange chicken is not breaded or fried or full of empty calories. It is browned with a little oil, and gets flavor from green onions, ginger, garlic, and The orange chicken sauce is made with fresh orange juice, honey, hoisin, sriracha, and chicken broth.

Hoisin Sauce. You can find hoisin in the Asian foods aisle of your grocery store. It is often described as a Chinese barbecue sauce. It helps thicken the sauce and adds tons of flavor.

Orange juice. You need orange juice for orange chicken. Squeeze fresh orange juice whenever possible. It adds so much brightness to the dish.

Chicken breast. I use organic chicken breast whenever I can. We don’t eat a lot of meat, so when we do, I buy the best quality that is available at the store.

How to Make // The Steps

ingredients and pan preparation for orange chicken on stove

This healthy orange chicken recipe starts with some whisking and chopping and comes together in no time. The most important part of this recipe is that you need to have everything chopped and ready before you start cooking.

Once it goes into the pan, it goes fast! So have make sure you have everything ready to go before you turn on the heat.

TIP – If not using a wok, make sure that you are using a pan that is large enough to hold everything. I am using an All-Clad 12″ fry pan.

process shots for making healthier orange chicken and vegetables
  1. Whisk chicken broth, orange juice, honey, hoisin, and sriracha in a large measuring cup. Set aside.
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat large saute pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken and sear until chicken is brown. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining chicken.
  4. Add vegetables and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Set aside. 
  5. Add more oil to the pan if needed. Add garlic, ginger, and green onions. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Add chicken and vegetables back to the pan.
  7. Pour in orange juice mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce begins to thicken.
  8. Serve over rice. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. 
side view of pan on gas stove cooking orange chicken

What sets this Healthy Orange Chicken and Vegetable Recipe Apart?

  • It’s lighter and less heavy than the takeout version. The chicken is not breaded or fried and the sauce is not overly sweet.
  • It can be prepped ahead of time and is on the table in less than 30 minutes.
  • The fresh orange flavor is bright and refreshing. It beats bottled sauces any day of the week.
close up shot of healthy orange chicken and vegetable dish

Variations //

This takeout chicken recipe is very easy to customize to make paleo, low-carb, gluten-free, or to meet your dietary restrictions.

  • Instead of serving with white rice, serve with riced cauliflower or chickpea rice.
  • If you prefer your orange chicken made with crispy chicken, prepare the orange chicken sauce and saute vegetables, and toss with air-fried chicken pieces.
  • You can use any vegetables you like in your stir-fry. It’s a great recipe to use to clean out your fridge.
two bowls of healthier chicken and vegetables and rice with two forks and two side bowls of black and white sesame seeds

More Weeknight Chicken Recipes //

If you make this recipe, I’d love to know how it goes! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too!

bowls of healthier orange chicken and vegetables with two forks and two bowls of sesame seeds

Healthier Orange Chicken and Vegetables

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Healthier Orange Chicken and Vegetables - Skip the takeout and make this healthy chicken recipe tonight!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut or vegetable oil
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups vegetables (broccoli, peppers, carrots, sugar snap peas, anything you like)
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

For Serving

  • rice for serving
  • sliced green onions (optional)
  • sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk chicken broth, orange juice, honey, hoisin, and sriracha in a large measuring cup. Set aside.  
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat large saute pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken and sear until chicken is brown.
  3. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining chicken.
  4. Add vegetables and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Set aside. 
  5. Add more oil to the pan if needed. Add garlic, ginger, and green onions. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Add chicken and vegetables back to the pan.
  7. Pour in orange juice mixture. Simmer for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce begins to thicken slightly. 
  8. Serve over rice. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. 

Notes

If you prefer a thicker sauce, whisk 1 tablespoon cornstarch into 2 tablespoons cold water. Pour into hot sauce and let come to a full bubble.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1014mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 12gSugar: 26gProtein: 38g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only.

Originally published in May 2016, updated in July 2020 with updated images and recipe card. Still delicious and still a unicorn.

Oh hey there!

Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

raspberry orange pistachio ricotta cake slices on a wire rack

Don’t Miss a Thing!

The newsletter you can’t wait to read. Best enjoyed with a beverage and a snack. 

Enter your email address below to join my list and receive my weekly Friday newsletter and new blog posts.

White Chocolate Banana Bread

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Abby Slaton

    Please take a pic of your dinner list for us to see ???? I’d love it!

    1. bakedbree

      I will. 🙂 Keep your eye out in instagram for it. @everythingbakedbree

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.