This easy Chinese recipe is perfect on those days when you want to order Chinese take out, but rather cook at home in only 15 minutes. A healthy, paleo version of Mandarin orange chicken, a recipe like from your favorite restaurant. Healthy dinner recipe, otherwise known as tangerine chicken.
This is my favorite healthy version of a popular takeout recipe that contains no refined sugar, is easy to make, and your family will love it.
This recipe pairs well with my Mushroom & Wild Rice Salad. If you love the umami flavor of mushrooms, this will become a favorite.
Tangerine Chicken Recipe Ingredients
- Mandarin Oranges: Otherwise known as tangerines, Mandarin oranges are a rich source of vitamin C. It's best to add in the Mandarin oranges at the end before serving. This helps prevent the vitamin C from being destroyed through the cooking process.
- Chicken Breast: I recommend using skinless, boneless chicken breasts. a great source of protein, but rich in vitamins and minerals. Iron, B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and selenium. Chicken is also a great source of B vitamins, which help in energy production, as well as help form red blood cells in the body.
- Coconut Aminos: This is a sauce similar to soy or teriyaki sauce. Coconut aminos are a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce, with a lot less sodium content too.
- Chicken Broth: Since this is a healthy chicken recipe, I recommend using chicken broth for that added deep chicken flavor. However, if you only have vegetable broth, that will also work. I don't recommend beef broth, as the flavor profile will change slightly.
- Coconut Oil: I like this oil, but olive olive also works in this recipe. Use what you have in your pantry.
- Spices: I like a blend of onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cooking healthy doesn't have to be complicated, with a huge list of spices. I kept it simple in this recipe.
See recipe card for quantities.
- Green Onions (Sliced)
- Peanuts (Chopped)
- Fresh Cilantro
- Add oil to a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the chicken breasts,then season with salt and pepper.
- Sear on each side for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
- Add the broth to the skillet, and use a whisk to scrape any caramelized bits off the bottom of the pan.
- Stir the oranges with juice, tamari, onion powder, and garlic powder into the broth, then spoon the sauce over the tops of the chicken. Add any optional toppings. Serve.
This paleo Mandarin orange chicken makes tasty leftovers. Store tangerine chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Simply reheat and serve for dinner a second or third night, especially if you double the recipe.
This healthy dinner is also perfect stored in the freezer. This makes for a quick meal prep recipe for the month. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to use a freezer safe container.
If you have the time to segment Mandarin oranges by hand, then use fresh. However, I usually just buy a can of Mandarin oranges already segmented. This tip saves so much time.
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Easier than ordering takeout delivery. This healthy chicken dinner is perfect for a busy night when you need a quick recipe on the table. I am sure this Mandarin chicken will become part of your recipe rotation, especially for meal prep during the month.
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