Gluten Free Orange Chicken Recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 4 servings
If you love the orange chicken you get at your local Chinese place, you'll love this make at home version. Best of all, it's completely gluten free, so you can serve it to almost anyone!
For the Chicken:
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup gluten free multi-purpose flour
  • Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying
For the orange Sauce:
  • 1 cup orange juice + 2 Tablespoons, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Mirin (Or dry sherry if you can't find natural Mirin)
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch or potato starch
  • 1 green onion (greens only) chopped fine (optional)
For the Chicken:
  1. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch wide strips. (Remember, you need these to be bite-sized and ready for chopsticks)
  2. Place chicken in a large bowl or zip-top bag. pour buttermilk over and mix well. let marinade for at least 20 minutes and up to 3 hours.
  3. Heat oil in a fryer or large saucepan until temperature reaches 350 degrees.
  4. Drain chicken and coat with multi-purpose flour. Fry chicken in heated oil in batches, approximately 2 minutes per batch or until golden. Place on paper-towel lined plate to drain.
  5. (If desired, chicken can be held in a warm oven until glaze is ready.)
For the orange sauce:
  1. Pour orange juice into a small saucepan. Bring to a bare simmer and reduce heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer until the juice is reduced to about 2/3 cup, stirring often.
  2. Whisk in sugar and mirin, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in marmaade and mix well to combine.
  3. Mix cornstarch with 2 Tablespoons orange juice and whisk in to the sauce. Allow to simmer 1 minute, or until desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Place chicken and green onions (if desired) in a large bowl. Pour sauce over and toss to coat.
  5. Serve hot with fried rice or plain rice.
  6. Share and enjoy!
If you want a little heat with your sweet, add a splash of hot sauce or 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes to the orange juice while simmering.

Looking for a little less sweetness? either leave out the sugar or the mirin. It'll still be great.

If you want to use the sauce for pork chops or some other dish, skip the sugar and don't reduce the orange juice. this will make a thinner, less sweet sauce that pairs well with lean meats without overpowering them.
Recipe by Uncle Jerry's Kitchen at