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Homemade Gluten Free Orange Chicken Recipe
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Orange Sauce:

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup mild honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons gluten free tamari
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of red chili flakes
  • zest of one orange
  • zest of one lemon
  • 3 tablespoons GMO-free corn starch, mixed with 2 tablespoons cold chicken stock or
  • cold water

Crispy Fried Chicken:

Instructions (Sauce)

1. In a medium sauce pan, combine all ingredients, except the corn starch and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, while whisking regularly.

2. In a small bowl, stir the corn starch together with the chicken stock or water.

3. Slowly pour the corn starch mixture into the orange sauce, while whisking. Lower heat to medium-low and continue to stir. When the sauce thickens, reduce the heat to low or turn the burner off and let it stand.

Instructions (chicken)

1. In a large frying pan, heat 2-3 cups of coconut oil or palm shortening (or combination) over medium to medium-high heat. Once you start cooking the chicken, you may need to lower the heat to medium.

2. Cut chicken into bite sized peices and dry off.

3. Toss the chicken in a bag with the corn starch until they are completely coated.

4. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk together. In a separate bowl, mix flour, sea salt, and pepper.

5. Remove 1/3 of the chicken from the bag and place them in the egg mixture. Coat each piece of egg and then place in the flour mixture. Coat each piece in the flour. Shake off any excess flour and place chicken in the hot oil, careful not to overcrowd the pan to ensure each piece gets crispy and golden.

6. Cook until chicken until golden brown and remove the chicken from the pan and repeat for the rest of the chicken pieces.

When you're ready to serve, you can serve the sauce on the site, or you can toss the chicken in the sauce until covered.

Recipe submitted by Jessica, Denver, CO

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Is there anything I can use in place of the corn starch? Like may celiacs,I cannot tolerate corn products either>>>>
# Posted By Christine | 6/22/12 5:38 PM
Try using potato starch it may give you similar results.
# Posted By Janell | 6/23/12 8:08 PM
We do not eat corn either so we use arrowroot or tapioca startch. Both of which are available easily at grocery stores (at least here in Texas). Arrowroot will give you a slight "shinier" finished product.
# Posted By Brenda | 6/25/12 7:54 AM
Thank you Janell and Brenda :-)
# Posted By Christine | 6/26/12 9:43 AM
What can I use as a dairy sub. for the buttermilk? will rice milk be too thin? coconut milk?
# Posted By Janel | 11/3/12 5:22 PM
I used this recipe but modified it a little with ingredients that I had. For the chicken I used gluten free all purpose flour mixed with a little coconut flour, salt and pepper. I used almond milk instead of buttermilk and added a clove of garlic to the egg mixture. Turned out great! Thanks for the inspiration. :)
# Posted By rach | 2/3/13 7:00 PM

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