Light Orange Chicken Recipe

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Indulge in the zesty and flavorful dish with this Light Orange Chicken Recipe. Packed with citrusy notes and tender chicken, this dish is a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors.

Why Make This Recipe

This Light Orange Chicken Recipe is a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional takeout options. By making it at home, you can control the ingredients and ensure a lighter, fresher meal without sacrificing taste.

How to Make Light Orange Chicken


  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/4 cup fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Spray a large, nonstick skillet with an olive oil mister or non-fat cooking spray, and set over medium-high heat.
  2. Generously season chicken with salt and pepper, and place in skillet. Brown chicken evenly on both sides, adding the broth, tablespoon by tablespoon to keep the chicken from sticking to the pan. Cook until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients, and pour over the chicken. Bring the sauce to a boil, then let it simmer for another minute or two until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and serve.

How to Serve Light Orange Chicken

Serve this Light Orange Chicken over a bed of steamed rice or with a side of stir-fried vegetables for a complete and balanced meal. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions for an extra burst of flavor.

How to Store Light Orange Chicken

Store any leftover Light Orange Chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop until warmed through.

Tips to Make Light Orange Chicken

  • Be sure not to overcook the chicken to keep it tender and juicy.
  • Adjust the sweetness or tanginess of the sauce by altering the amount of honey or rice vinegar to suit your taste preferences.
  • To enhance the orange flavor, add a bit more orange zest or freshly squeezed orange juice.


For a spicy twist, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the sauce mixture for a fiery kick to your Light Orange Chicken.


  1. Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast in this recipe?
    • Yes, you can substitute chicken thighs for chicken breast, but adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  2. Is it necessary to use reduced-sodium soy sauce?
    • While you can use regular soy sauce, using reduced-sodium soy sauce helps control the saltiness of the dish.
  3. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
    • You can prepare the sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator, but it’s best to cook the chicken just before serving to maintain its freshness and texture.


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