Get ready for this mouth watering, sweet and tangy, easy Gluten Free Orange Chicken from scratch. Make your favorite Chinese Take-Out with this easy to follow, quick, homemade recipe. Using cornstarch and orange juice, this sticky glaze sauce is made to perfection and pairs perfect with our crispy chicken.
This is a perfect dairy free, and egg free back to school meal for busy week days or lazy weekends. Serve on a bed of rice or quinoa! Make your favorite Panda Express copycat meal at home with this easy recipe.
- Yellow Cornmeal
- Table Salt
- Ground Pepper
- Soy sauce
- Orange juice
- White vinegar, or rice vinegar
- Brown sugar
- Minced Garlic
- Ground Ginger
- Red pepper flakes
- Olive Oil
See recipe card for quantities.
- Combine cornmeal, salt and pepper in a dish. Mix.
2. Coat each piece of chicken completely.
3. Heat olive oil in a medium sized skillet on medium heat. Add chicken in a single layer. That can touch be do not overlap.
4. After 3-4 minutes, or when the side is golden brown, flip each piece of chicken and cook until done.
5. While the chicken is cooking combine the orange juice, soy sauce, white vinegar, ginger, brown sugar, cornstarch, minced garlic, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until liquid is smooth.
6.Keeping the stovetop at medium heat, pour the orange sauce over the chicken, in the skillet, when the chicken is cooked all the way through.
7. Stir constantly until the sauce begins to bubble and thicken to a glaze. Remove from heat.
8. Serve over rice, quinoa or eat plain.
Hint: Make sure to keep stirring while the sauce bubbles so it gets the desired thickness and doesn't burn. This keeps the chicken from burning as well.
- Almond Flour - instead of cornmeal, use almond flour at 1:1. The coating may vary from the original recipe.
- Vegetarian - to make this vegetarian, use zucchini chunks instead of chicken and cook as directed.
- Spicy - add extra red pepper flakes to give it a stronger kick.
- Zesty- Add orange zest to give it a zestier flavor.
- Air Fryer-Cook the cornmeal coated chicken in the air fryer for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, or until all the way cooked through.
- Baked- On a parchment paper lined baking sheet bake the cornmeal chicken at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
Store gluten free orange chicken in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2-3 days. To reheat, heat in a microwave safe dish in the microwave.
This meal does not freeze well.
Don't forget to keep stirring when you pour the orange sauce onto the chicken so it doesn't burn and the chicken doesn't stick to the skillet and you loose the coating!
Easy Gluten Free Orange Chicken
- Saute Pan
- Mixing Bowl
Gluten Free Coated Chicken
- 1 pound chicken
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ⅓ cup cornmeal
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
Sweet and Tangy Orange Sauce
- ¼ cup Soy sauce
- ¼ cup Orange juice
- ¼ cup white vinegar or rice vinegar
- ¼ cup Brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Mix cornmeal, ground pepper, and table salt in a small dish. Coat the chicken pieces in the cornmeal mixture.
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. Add the coated chicken and cook each side for 3-4 minutes or until all the way cooked through and golden brown on each side. You may need to flip the chicken more than once.
- While the chicken is cooking, mix together the soy sauce, orange juice, white vinegar (or rice vinegar), brown sugar, cornstarch, minced garlic, ground ginger and crushed red pepper flakes. Mix until the liquid is smooth.
- Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, pour the orange sauce mixture on top of the chicken, staying at medium heat. Stir and cook until sauce begins to boil and thicken about five minutes. Stir so the sauce and chicken doesn't burn.
- Once sauce is desired thickness, serve over rice, quinoa or plain.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove