Stir fry recipes are my best friends. Quick, easy, and dependable, they’re great for those nights when you have very little time to be in the kitchen. This paleo orange chicken stir fry is heavy on flavor, but light on time. That makes it the best stir fry recipe in my book!
How To Make Orange Chicken Stir Fry
Everything about this orange chicken stir fry is so much better when it’s made at home. It’s quick and easy to throw together, too.
Take a look at these easy steps for how to make paleo orange chicken:
- Make the chicken marinade. Combine the chicken with ginger, white wine vinegar, coconut aminos, starch, coconut sugar, and white pepper.
- Mix up the stir fry sauce. Whisk together the chicken broth, white wine vinegar, orange juice, and tapioca starch.
- Cook the chicken. Heat oil in a wok and saute ginger and red pepper flakes. Sear the chicken first, until it’s golden brown.
- Stir fry. Add orange juice, sriracha, and tomatoes. Pour the stir fry sauce over the chicken and toss to combine.
- Get ready to serve. Garnish with green onions, season to your liking, and serve with cauliflower rice for a classic Asian stir fry dinner!
Stir Fry Ingredients
The best thing about stir fries is that the combinations are endless! My easy chicken stir fry is flavored with ginger, coconut aminos, sesame oil, orange zest, and more, but here are some other common stir fry ingredients:
- Chicken Breasts – You can also swap out chicken breasts for chicken thighs, or even another protein like steak or shrimp.
- Fresh Ginger – This gives incredible flavor to stir fries and a classic taste.
- Red Pepper Flakes – These add some heat to the stir fry,
- Coconut Aminos – The paleo version of soy sauce! It has the same umami flavor as soy sauce and is perfect for stir fries or marinades.
- Coconut Sugar – Many stir fries benefit from a bit of sweetness. You can also use honey or maple syrup.
- Sesame Oil – This oil will add a bit of fat to your stir fry and also give it a classic Asian flavor.
- Veggies – This is the best part! Go wild with your veggies. Try cauliflower or broccoli; cabbage or kale; tomatoes or zucchini. Any vegetable that can be cooked can go into a stir fry.
Is Orange Chicken Stir Fry Healthy?
Yes, this orange chicken stir fry is healthy! Many orange chicken dishes are not, though. Often times they are deep fried and then served with a super sweet sauce on top.
I love my orange chicken because it’s packed with nutrients but also has so much more flavor than deep fried. It’s both gluten free and paleo, too! Here is a breakdown of some of the nutrients and antioxidants:
- Chicken Breast – Loaded with protein and chicken also has iron, vitamin B6, and magnesium.
- Ginger – Potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, zinc, folate, riboflavin, and niacin.
- Roma Tomatoes – Lypocene, vitamin K, folate, potassium, and vitamin C.
- Green Onion – Zinc, phosphorus, vitamin K, riboflavin, potassium, fiber, calcium, and iron.
Can I Make Stir Fry Without A Wok?
Yes, you can definitely make this paleo orange chicken without a wok. The purpose of a wok is that it helps distribute the heat better than a skillet. That being said, you can still use a skillet, but the flavor and browning does better in a wok.
How Do Your Store Paleo Orange Chicken?
Store your healthy orange chicken stir fry in the refrigerator. Let it cool before refrigerating and store in an airtight container.
This orange chicken recipe will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Can You Freeze Orange Chicken Stir Fry?
Yes, you can freeze this healthy chicken stir fry recipe. Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.
When you are ready to serve, it’s best to thaw it in the fridge overnight before you reheat it.
How Do You Reheat Stir Fry?
You can either reheat stir fry on the stove top or in the microwave depending on your preference.
To warm it on the stove top, add a little bit of coconut oil to a wok or skillet. Once it’s hot, add the chicken stir fry and stir it like you did when you first made it. If it seems dry, you can add a tablespoon of broth while you are cooking it.
To microwave, you will need to place it in a dish with 1 tablespoon of water, juice or chicken broth. Cover and heat for 1-minute intervals until its hot all the way through.
More Paleo Asian Dinner Recipes
Looking for even more delicious paleo main dish recipes? You are in luck! Here are some of my favorite meal ideas that are both paleo and Asian inspired:
- Sweet And Sour Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry – Another easy and tasty stir fry to try.
- Easy Grilled Thai Chicken Satay – This is so flavorful!
- Easy Paleo Honey Sesame Chicken – Tastes even better than a restaurant.
Paleo Orange Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
You'll love this paleo orange chicken stir fry recipe! It's EASY and BURSTING with orange flavor. Ready in just 15 minutes and perfect for a weeknight!
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- 1 pound Boneless skinless chicken breast (sliced thin)
- 2 tablespoons Fresh ginger (minced, divided)
- 1/2 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
- 2.5 tablespoons White wine vinegar (divided)
- 2 teaspoons Coconut aminos
- 11/2 teaspoon Tapioca flour
- 1 teaspoon Coconut sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground white pepper
- 1/4 cup Chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon Coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons Orange zest
- 2 tablespoons Orange juice
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha
- 2 Roma tomatoes (cut into thin wedges)
- 1/2 cup Green onions (sliced)
- Sea salt (to taste)
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
- In a medium bowl combine the chicken, 1 tablespoon minced ginger, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, soy sauce, tapioca or arrowroot starch, coconut sugar or honey, and white pepper.
In another smaller bowl whisk together the chicken broth, 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar, orange juice, and 1/2 teaspoon tapioca or arrowroot starch.
Heat a large wok or stainless steel skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil to the pan along with 1 tablespoon minced ginger and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Saute until fragrant about 15 seconds.
Add the sesame oil and chicken in a single layer and sear for 3-5 minutes.
Add the orange zest, Sriracha and stir fry another minute. Add tomatoes and toss until combined.
- Pour in the sauce mixture and toss. Stir in the green onions and season with salt to taste.
Serving Size: 1/2 entire recipe as main dish or 1/4 entire recipe as side dish
Adapted from Stir Frying to the Sky's Edge
Nutrition Information Per Serving
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