Whole30 Orange Chicken
This Whole30 Orange Chicken recipe is WAY better than takeout! It’s fresh, light and filled with those signature flavors you crave and love. Serve with broccoli or cauliflower rice for a healthy Whole30 approved meal that the whole family will love! My other favorite Whole30 takeout copycat is this Whole30 Beef and Broccoli.
CHICKEN BREASTS OR CHICKEN THIGHS: Chicken thighs are more tender than chicken breasts, but both cuts of meat work well for this Whole30 Orange Chicken recipe.
TAPIOCA FLOUR: Tapioca flour is used to both coat the chicken and thicken the sauce. This Paleo and Whole30 flour gives the chicken that signature breaded texture.
ORANGE: Freshly squeezed orange juice is the perfect punch of flavor. Additionally, the zest adds some extra sweetness.
COCONUT AMINOS: Coconut aminos is the gluten free and soy free equivalent of soy sauce. In this case, it acts as the base of the sauce. It is the base of my Sugar Free Stir Fry Sauce, which is similar to these flavors.
OTHER INGREDIENTS: olive oil, ground pepper, rice vinegar, minced garlic, ginger, chicken broth, broccoli, green onions
How To Make in Instant Pot
First, set pressure cooker to sauté and add olive oil. Next, add chicken, pepper and tapioca flour to a Ziplock bag and toss until fully coated.
Once coated, add chicken to the pot and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Then, press cancel.
Next, add remaining ingredients (except remaining tapioca flour, broccoli and green onions) to the pot and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
After 4 minutes, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes before pushing valve to Vent and releasing the rest of the pressure.
Remove 2 tablespoons of the liquid inside the pot and add to a small bowl. Stir in remaining tapioca flour.
Add this mixture to the pot and press sauté. Cook until sauce has thickened. Lastly, serve with broccoli and green onions if desired.
How To Make on the Stovetop
To make stovetop Whole30 Orange chicken, heat a large skillet over medium heat.
Next, add chicken, pepper and tapioca flour to a Ziplock bag and toss until fully coated. Add olive oil and chicken to the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes on each side.
Then, add remaining ingredients (except remaining tapioca flour, broccoli and green onions) to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove 2 tablespoons of the liquid inside the skillet and add to a small bowl. Stir in remaining tapioca flour.
Next, add this mixture back to the skillet and cook until sauce has thickened. Lastly, serve with broccoli and green onions if desired.
Whole30 Dinner Ideas
There are so many Whole30 dinner ideas that can be seen in my Whole30 Ultimate Guide. Some favorites include: Whole30 Paleo Asian Meatloaf, Whole30 Sloppy Joes and Whole30 Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs.
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Get the Recipe: Whole30 Orange Chicken
- 1.5 pounds chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- pinch ground pepper
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour, divided
- 1 orange, zest and juice of
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- broccoli, optional
- green onions, for garnish
Pressure Cooker Instructions
- First, press sauté on pressure cooker. In a Ziplock bag, add 2 tablespoons tapioca flour, chicken and pepper. Toss until chicken is fully coated.
- Place chicken in pressure cooker and sauté for 2 minutes on each side. Then, press cancel.
- Add all remaining ingredients (except tapioca flour, broccoli and green onions) to the pressure cooker. Secure lid and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
- Let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then carefully push valve to Vent and release remaining pressure.
- Take 2 tablespoons of the juice inside the pot and add to a small bowl. Then, whisk in remaining tapioca flour until combined.
- Next, add this sauce to the pot and press sauté. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
- Finally, serve with cooked broccoli and green onions if desired.
- First, in a Ziplock bag, add 2 tablespoons tapioca flour, chicken and pepper. Toss until chicken is fully coated.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil and chicken. Next, cook for 3 minutes on each side.
- Then, add all remaining ingredients (except tapioca flour, broccoli and green onions) to the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove 2 tablespoons of the juice inside the skillet and add to a small bowl. Then, whisk in remaining tapioca flour until combined.
- Next, add this sauce to the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
- Lastly, serve with cooked broccoli and green onions if desired.
- Chicken is done cooking when it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Tapioca flour really thickens the sauce. I suggest adding a little to start and adjusting to your desired preference.
- The longer the sauce simmers/sautés, the thicker it will become.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Reheat in a skillet with a drizzle of olive oil.
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35 Comments on “Whole30 Orange Chicken”
Didn’t work out at all for me doing it in the insta pot and I am very capable at cooking. From the moment the chicken went in it was a mess
Can the tapioca flour be substituted with carb quick
Hi Angela! I am not familiar with carb quick. Cornstarch is a perfect substitute for tapioca flour. Arrowroot starch also works. The tapioca flour is used to coat the thicken (so it gets crispy) and thicken the sauce. Please let me know if carb quick ends up working!
I love a good chicken recipe and I love that this recipe is whole 30.
I used to order orange chicken takeout all the time and I knew I had to make this recipe when I saw it. This was so delicious and even better than I used to remember compared to takeout. Great recipe.
so flavorful and delicious recipe! love the addition of veggies
loved how easy this recipe came together!
love that this is whole30! great for starting off with new goals in the new year!
I absolutely loved this recipe. It came together quickly, and the sauce on the chicken was so delicious – much better than any take-away and so much better for you – will make again!
Super yummy and not too many steps which is great- I will be making again! Thank you!
I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you!