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Keto orange chicken – easy, healthy

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This low-carb keto orange chicken is made with crispy fried chicken coated with a sugar-free sticky orange sauce. It tastes like your old time favorite Chinese restaurant recipe without the sugar or carbs! Bonus, this is a healthy recipe with only 300 calories and 5.8g of net carbs so keep reading to learn more.

Keto Orange Chicken Recipe

What’s orange chicken?

The first question you will ask me is, can you eat orange chicken on keto? So, before starting this keto orange chicken recipe let’s do a little reminder on what a traditional orange chicken recipe is! Orange chicken is a popular Chinese dish made of juicy bite-size fried chicken, previously dipped into a cornstarch/egg mixture to create a crispy layer around the chicken pieces. Then, these pieces are coated with a high-carb sugar-loaded orange sauce made of white sugar, orange juice, and soy sauce, rice vinegar.

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Is orange chicken keto-friendly?

With that, you’ve got your answer, a classic orange chicken recipe from your local restaurant is NOT keto-friendly. So, I am sorry but NO, a Panda Express orange chicken is not okay on keto!

The traditional sauce is loaded with white sugar and rice vinegar and the chicken pieces are full of cornstarch one of the highest carb flour. So let me guide you through the process of making a healthy homemade orange chicken within 30 minutes!

Low carb Orange Chicken

Is orange juice keto?

Yes, you can use a small amount of fresh orange juice on your keto diet to flavor a dish or baking. Of course, do not question drink a large glass of orange juice during the day or it will spike your blood sugar level. But remember that what makes a recipe keto-friendly is the total amount of net carbs it contains per serving. So, if you use orange sparingly in a recipe, like here, the net carbs per serve will still be very low.

Healthy Orange Chicken recipePlus, you will be surprised to know that orange is actually not so high in carbs compared to other keto-approved fruits like blueberries! Yes, orange has less net carbs than blueberries per serve!

How to make keto-friendly orange chicken?

Choose the right meat

First, you need to choose the right meat. The classic Chinese dish uses boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces. This is the juiciest meat and while regular chicken breast will work too, I recommend the thigh to keep the meat extra juicy.

Coat the meat

Since you want to achieve the same texture as a classic orange chicken recipe, you must coat the meat into an egg wash and coconut flour mixture. Coconut flour is very low in carbs compared to the cornstarch used in restaurant and when fried, this coating mimics the classic starchy layer pretty well.

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Fry the chicken

To fry your chicken the healthy way, choose avocado oil, it has a higher smoke point and it’s a keto-friendly oil. I don’t recommend baking the chicken pieces for this recipe. You would end up with dry chicken bites.

Prepare the keto orange chicken sauce

This is a healthy orange chicken sauce recipe, very low in sugar since I am using a low amount of orange juice, no sugar but keto-friendly sweeteners, and no cornstarch to keep your carb in control.

Low Carb Keto Orange ChickenThe ratio of each ingredient brings the best balance of flavors to make a healthy orange chicken recipe that everyone loves! All you need to make this low-carb orange chicken sauce recipe are:

  • Fresh orange juice – fresh oranges bring the best orange flavor, so press your own rather buying store-bought juice that will probably have additives or added sugar!
  • Chicken broth 
  • White vinegar – it replaces the high-sugar rice vinegar used in traditional recipes.
  • Orange zest – make sure the orange is untreated or the orange skin may contain additives that are not good for you.
  • Erythritol – you can play with sweetness depending on how sweet you like your sauce. Always start with 1/4 cup and increase, adding up to 2 extra tablespoons to taste. Since erythritol is a zero-GI sugar alcohol, adding more won’t impact the net carbs of the recipe.
  • Low-carb sauce or coconut amino – check the nutrition panel to make sure there’s no added sugar in the sauce you guy.
  • Garlic cloves
  • Xanthan gum – this is your keto sauce thickener, it replaces the classic high-carb cornstarch used in the traditional Chinese dish.

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The keto orange sauce is pretty easy to make, all you have to do is to simmer all the ingredients together in a saucepan over medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes. Whisk constantly to avoid having the sauce stick to the pan and remove from heat when sticky and thick.

An easy keto orange chicken recipe

When your sauce is ready, it’s very easy to assemble your orange chicken keto recipe. First, pour the keto orange sauce onto the fried chicken and stir to coat the fried pieces of chicken.

Then, serve immediately, topped with a pinch of sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Cauliflower rice and orange chicken go very well together and it’s my recommendation as a side to this low-carb orange chicken recipe. However, any super greens like kale, green beans, or any keto vegetables from my list are great!

To make stir fry cauliflower rice, simply heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan, add the cauliflower rice and stir fry 2-3 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic.

Keto Orange Chicken Gluten free

Have you made this easy and healthy orange chicken recipe? Share a picture with me on Instagram and leave me a review or comment below.

Your friend, Carine

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Keto Orange Chicken Recipe

Keto orange chicken

This keto orange chicken recipe tastes like your traditional Chinese restaurant takeaway, without the sugar or carbs! Sticky pieces of fried chicken, coated in low-carb keto orange sauce!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
6 serve ( 90g chicken per serve)



  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs about 6 thighs or 3 chicken breast (450 g)
  • 2/3 cup Coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream or coconut cream if dairy-free

Keto orange sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Fresh orange juice about 1/2 medium size orange
  • 3 tablespoons Orange zest finely chopped, about skin of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons Low-carb Soy Sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup White vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 cup Erythritol you can add up to 2 extra tablespoons for a sweeter sauce, it won't impact net carbs
  • 3 large garlic cloves , crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Xantham gum

To fry the chicken

  • 1/4 cup Avocado oil
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  • Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. In a medium bowl, mix together the coconut flour, salt, pepper. Set aside.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and heavy cream. Set aside.
  • Using a fork, dip a piece of chicken into the egg mixture, (gently shake it drain the extra egg) then dip into the coconut flour on both sides, to coat the chicken piece evenly.
  • Set aside the coated chicken pieces onto a rack, and repeat the previous step until all chicken pieces have been coated with the egg/flour mixture.
  • In a medium saucepan, add 2 inches (5 cm) of avocado oil and bring to high heat, 375F (180°C).
  • Line a plate with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Add the marinated chicken cubes to the frying pan, about 10 pieces at a time, and deep fry for 2-3 minutes until golden, turn halfway with a slotted spoon or fork and brown on the other side
  • Reserve the fried chicken onto the plate covered with absorbent paper.
  • Cover plate with foil to keep the chicken warm while you make the sauce

Orange keto sauce

  • In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, whisk together orange juice, orange zest, low-carb soy sauce, white vinegar, erythritol, water, ginger, and crushed garlic
  • Boil the sauce then gently simmer for 2 minutes to reduce. Taste your sauce sweetness now, if not sweet enough add up to 2 extra tablespoons of erythritol (this doesn't impact the net carb/serve) and keep simmering to dissolve the extra sugar-free sweetener.
  • Sprinkle xanthan gum all over the saucepan and whisk constantly until the sauce thickens and coats the whisk. This can take 1-2 minutes. If it's not sticky enough to your liking, add an extra sprinkle of 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat when the sauce is thick and sticky.
  • Add the fried chicken into the sauce and toss until the sauce coats it thoroughly.
  • Serve with cauliflower rice, sesame seeds, and green onion.
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Nutrition Facts
Keto orange chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serve)
Calories 299.5 Calories from Fat 175
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.4g30%
Saturated Fat 6.5g41%
Cholesterol 147.4mg49%
Sodium 653mg28%
Potassium 257.8mg7%
Carbohydrates 10.9g4%
Fiber 5.1g21%
Sugar 1.8g2%
Protein 19.6g39%
Vitamin A 283.5IU6%
Vitamin C 8.8mg11%
Calcium 30.1mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
Net Carbs 5.8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    This chicken is wonderful!!My husband is very picky and he gave it a thumbs up. Better than take-out because you know what the ingredients are. Will definitely be making this again. Thank you for all the great recipes, I appreciate you!!

    • Thank you SO much for such a beautiful feedback! I love when husband get on board with my healthy recipes 🙂 Enjoy the recipes on the blog, talk to you soon, XOXO Carine

    • Hi, you can replace the total amount of coconut flour by almond flour but it won’t stick as well to the meat and you will probably need more to cover the chicken pieces but it should come out delicious too. Enjoy. XOXO Carine

  2. 5 stars
    I made this and it’s wonderful. I used Monkftruit sweeter instead because I get tired of the cooling sensation the erythritolhas. A note, since coconut flour is so absorbent, I had to add oil twice more to the skillet. Will definitely make again. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    This was the best keto chicken I had in a long time, I deep fried the chicken pieces they were juicy and the sauce sweet and sticky, love it. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Hello, I’m Maria, Your recipes they look taste. Well try them. I’m looking in to this Keto Diet. And been thinking in getting to try this kind of food, cooking at home. Thank You. And i hope to loss some weight, for my health. Thank You Again. God Blessed. And More Blessing

  5. I’m excited to try this recipe but I am dairy free. Do you think it would work with coconut milk instead of the heavy cream?

    • Sure, no problem! I will update the recipe card with the dairy-free option for you! Enjoy and share a picture with me or review below to tell me how it goes! XOXO Carine

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