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Keto Orange Chicken (Copy Cat Panda Express)

Garlic, Ginger, Sesame, Orange Peel, Crispy Chicken Breast Chunks – What’s Not To Love? And…It’s Keto!

You’ll love that there are not many ingredients to make Keto orange chicken especially since it looks complex. That’s far from the truth.

Flavoured with orange rind, minced garlic, and ginger you can bring this popular Panda Express copy cat Keto orange chicken dish to your table.

Save money, eat-in, and prepare your favourite take-out food at home without all the extra costs and tipping fees.

keto orange ginger chicken

Oranges are such a vibrant fruit and the flavours can range from sweet to tangy or sour depending on the brand of orange you choose.

Naturally, orange and chicken go together which is why I thought it would be great to make a keto version or orange chicken.

Panda Express orange chicken is probably one of the most raved about fast-food take-out dishes although loaded with sugar and carbs.

For a 5.7 oz serving of orange chicken from Panda Express you’ll get 45 grams of carbs, and 19 grams of sugar.

My Keto orange recipe (1 chicken breast) has 380 calories, 12g carbs, 6 g fibre, 1g sugar, 30g of protein, and 22 grams of healthy fats.

Your macros may differ based on the size of your chicken breasts or the chicken parts that you choose to use.

So for one serving the macros would be 12g of carbs minus 6g of fibre which equals 6 net carbs.

Versataille Orange Sauce

copycat keto orange chicken

The cool thing about this sugar-free orange glaze I created is that I can roll our crispy keto chicken wings in it.

Keto orange chicken wings are just as delicious as using chicken breast meat or chicken thighs.

We paired this keto orange chicken with a keto cauliflower rice stir-fry which allowed us to eat guilt-free Chinese food.

Easy Keto Orange Chicken From Start To Finish

glutenfree orange chicken

We’re both fans of crispy mandarin chicken and love anything with an orange sauce or glaze. 

There’s something about the tastes of oranges especially during the Fall season that makes orange chicken a popular dish.

Typically orange chicken recipes are made with dark meat, all-purpose flour, and orange juice and sugars but not my keto orange chicken recipe.

This recipe uses seasonings, eggs, and unflavoured whey powder for the breading which I shallow fry until crispy.

For there I drain any excess grease from the crispy chicken and coat it with sugar-free ginger, garlic, sesame orange sauce.

The orange sauce is remarkably easy to make and takes minutes to prepare while the chicken pieces are frying.

Orange Rind Facts

sugar-free orange sauce

I’ve taken only the rind of the orange which contains vitamins A and C with plenty of B vitamins.

Yes, it is safe to eat orange peel however always choose an organic variety that is not sprayed with any chemicals. 

The orange peel actually has more fiber than the fruit inside,” Flores said. “It also has flavonoids in it that contain nutritious benefits.

Additionally, orange peels contain calcium, several B vitamins, and vitamins A and C. You can get the same nutrients by eating the inner part of the peel and leaving the tough outer part.

“The pith of the orange — the white part between the skin and fruit — can be sour or bitter but actually contains just as much vitamin C as the fruit itself, with a good deal of fiber- Source Orange Health

Before using the orange peel wash the orange thoroughly under hot water and even give it a spray of white vinegar for extra sparkles. 

Citrus rinds can be hard for some people to digest so use a peeler to remove the peel and cut into thin slices.

The cooking of citrus peel such as in this keto orange chicken recipe helps aid with digestion which makes it far easier to consume.

Orange Chicken Ingredients

Crispy orange chicken breast

For this recipe you’ll need:

Keto Orange Chicken Portion

Keto Orange Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of orange zest cut fine using an organic orange washed and dried.
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 black pepper
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds ( I just toasted them on the stove but optional)
  • 1 spring onion chopped for garnish (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons soy seasoning
  • 3/4 cup of Allulose sweetener (If you are using monk fruit, Stevia or erythritol start with 1/2 cup and add as to taste as all sweeteners are not created the same).

How To Make Keto Orange Chicken

Panda Express orange chicken chunks

The process to make this keto chicken dinner is straight-forward and quite easy to do.

Keep yourself organized by getting all of your ingredients out and measured and it will be a breeze.

Crispy Keto Orange Chicken (Copy Cat Panda Express)
 
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Recipe type: Keto Orange Chicken
Cuisine: Asian
A delicious, moist, crispy fried chicken breast that is lightly coated and then smothered in a sugar-free orange sauce boasting flavours such as ginger, garlic, and fresh oranges.
Ingredients
  • Keto Orange Chicken Portion
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, drumsticks or wings
  • Chop chicken breasts into 1-inch chunks
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs whisked
  • ¾ cup unflavoured whey protein powder (I have not tried using coconut flour or almond flour for this recipe)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for frying (plus more if needed)
  • Keto Orange Sauce Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons of orange zest cut fine using an organic orange washed and dried.
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ black pepper
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds ( I just toasted them on the stove but optional)
  • 1 spring onion chopped for garnish (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons soy seasoning
  • ¾ cup of Allulose sweetener (If you are using monk fruit, Stevia or erythritol start with ½ cup and add as to taste as all sweeteners are not created the same).
Instructions
  1. In a frying pan on low to medium heat add all of your sauce ingredients and stir until a thick orange sauce consistency. (see photos in post above)
  2. This process should take about 10 minutes in total but could be longer depending on your stove.
  3. While that is happening you can prepare your chicken by chopping the breasts into 1-inch chunks.
  4. Make sure the chicken is dry before you add the coating to them. Pat with a paper towel to remove any excess water.
  5. In a medium bowl add two eggs and whisk
  6. In another bowl add whey flour, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (optional) and mix
  7. Using one hand dip a chicken piece into the egg mixture and then into the whey and set on a plate.
  8. Do this until all of the chicken is coated. *If you need to add more whey powder you can.
  9. In a large frying pan heat the oil to medium-high and start setting your chicken breast chunks to shallow fry. This should take minutes to complete as it goes by fast. The outside will be golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oil and set on a paper towel to drain.
  11. Once all of the chicken is fried add the chicken to the orange sauce and gently stir so all of the pieces are coated in orange sauce.
  12. Top with toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onion.

I hope you enjoy our copy cat version of Panda Express chicken recipe but without all the extra carbs and sugar.

This Keto Chicken recipe is a winner for a chicken dinner!

Leave me your comments and suggestions below for this orange chicken recipe.

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Mr.CBB

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