Gluten Free Chinese Orange Chicken recipe that tastes as good as takeout! The chicken is extra crispy and is tossed in a super yummy orange juice and soy sauce glaze.
Tired of having to deny yourself Chinese takeout? I’m with ya’. Since going gluten free almost 4 years ago Chinese food is an automatic no-no on my list of restaurant choices. Everything is either fried or covered in a soy sauce glaze.
While yes, this chicken IS both fried AND covered in a soy sauce containing glaze… but also happens to be gluten free! How exactly is that?! This recipe calls for cornstarch instead of all-purpose flour and gluten free soy sauce instead of the gluten-containing kind. And guess what?! I bet your family won’t be able to tell the difference!!
When preparing this Gluten Free Chinese Orange Chicken you have a few options:
- For the starch: If you have tapioca starch on hand to bread the chicken I would use that instead of cornstarch. It will give it a slightly crunchier texture. However, cornstarch will still give you great results,too!
- For the orange juice and soy sauce glaze: You can choose to use fresh orange juice or already prepared, not from concentrate, orange juice. When making it in my own kitchen I used what we had on hand… Simply Orange orange juice, pulp free.
- For the spice level: The choice is totally up to you!! Add anywhere from zero to an entire teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the sauce to achieve your desired level of spice.
This gluten free chinese orange chicken actually tastes great for leftovers, too! If you are planning to pack up lunches or save some for tomorrow night’s dinner I would store the chicken and the glaze separately. Toss the chicken in a skillet with a little oil to reheat it and then add the orange juice glaze. This will help keep the chicken nice and crispy!
STORE THE CHICKEN & GLAZE SEPARATELY
What’s your favorite classic Chinese restaurant dish? Are there any you haven’t had since going gluten-free? I would love to hear in the comments section below.
Hope you enjoy this Crispy Chinese Orange Chicken!
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