Take out? Not.


In case you thought this was a thing of the past…think again!  No sugar added, high in protein, fill-you-up goodness that will stand up to the restaurant stuff any day of the week.

A pot of Jasmine rice for your family and a crisp green salad with toasted almonds is all you need.

Don’t be discouraged because it looks like a lot of work…it’s really not.  (And the results would be worth it, anyway.)  This is one of my most popular recipes and has gotten great reviews.  TRY IT!




1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon sesame seed oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup cornstarch

3/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
5 teaspoons Splenda granular
4 teaspoons sugar-free OR regular honey OR Agave
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Kosher salt

Sliced green onions
Sesame seeds

Marinade: In a medium bowl combine orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, sesame oil, and salt. Add chicken tenders and stir to coat. Allow to marinate for 25-30 minutes.

Sauce: In a small saucepan combine orange juice, orange zest, chicken broth, Splenda,  honey, soy sauce, oil, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil; lower heat to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced by 1/4. Season with salt to taste. Stir the 2 teaspoons cornstarch with a small amount of cold water and add to the sauce. Bring back to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened. Set aside, but keep warm.

In a large bowl or ziplock bag add the 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Drain the chicken and toss with the cornstarch, shaking off excess. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high. Add chicken and cook until golden and meat is cooked through. Gently toss cooked chicken with the sauce and serve. Makes 4 servings.  (About 1/2 cup each.)

Per Serving: Calories 222; Protien 27 g; Fat 4 g; Carbs 18 g; Fiber 0 g; Sugar 6 g; Sodium 171 mg

43 Comments Add yours

  1. C- Stone says:

    Oh my Gosh…My mouth is watering…A LOT..!!!

    Chinese, is my very favorite food…I will have to try this..NOW..!!!!

  2. Missa says:

    Woohoo! Tomorrow off and Ive got all the fixins for this! (had the recipe forever but Im finally gonna make it!!) Cant wait!! Thanks Linda, you NEVER disappoint! ❤

  3. Mark K says:

    One of my favorite recipes of yours! Once I realized I could have Chinese food again I almost cried! Try this! You will not be sorry!

  4. Cari Snell says:

    I am going to have to make this for sure this week! Yum! I’d love to feature it on my site, http://www.canigettherecipe.com with full links and credits back to your site if you are keen. Please let me know!

    1. Linda says:

      Absolutely, doll! I’d love that!

  5. Rebecca says:

    This looks totally amazing! Where is my personal chef when I need him. (it is a him right? and he is hot too right?)

    1. Linda says:

      You got it right….MmmmHmmm, sure do!

  6. Kiersti says:

    This looked so good I made it for dinner *tonight*. I got RAVE reviews, it was delicious. Thank you!

    1. Linda says:

      Well, thank you, doll!! I’m so glad you loved it!

  7. Amy says:

    Hey Linda, I can’t wait to try this! I think even Blaine will like it! Thanks

  8. Rachel says:

    Yep, my favorite recipe of yours thus far. I made this 2 months ago and my GF loved it!

    I absolutely fell in love with this recipe and can’t wait to try it VERY soon!!!!!!

    Would love to see maybe a honey chicken recipe – made with sf honey from you 🙂 lol

  9. AmyMichelle says:

    I must have this! Yummy Linda! 🙂

  10. Debbie Yohman says:

    I made this the other night for dinner and we loved it!!! I was worried about it being orange flavored as my husband is sometimes funny about fruity flavors with his chicken, but it was not overwhelming and tasted great!! It was very easy to do as well.

    Thanks for another great recipe!

  11. Cheryl says:

    Wow, I have not had Orange Chicken since I became a diabetic. I cannot WAIT to try this! I dont comment often but I adore your site and have been able to eat some yummy things I thought I could never have again. Keep up the good work, it is appreciated!

  12. Deb says:

    My absolute fave is LEMON chicken but I bet this is very similar. will be trying this this week!

  13. Sheri says:

    All I have to say is WOW! I made this tonight for my husband, sister, and brother in law. Everyone loved it! I will definately make this again and again!

  14. ItsMoiRach says:

    So made this 2 x within the last 2 weeks. My gf wants us to try it with shrimp – your thoughts on this?

    Also I found a SF HOney with a thicker consistency at the store (Walmart) I was pretty surprised as I was on the hunt for SF honey and ended up buying the brand mentioned above online lol so kind of glad I got my thicker honey now

    1. Linda says:

      I would think it would work great with shrimp…beef, too!

      I’ve done it with tofu – it’s great if that’s what your into!!

  15. Jessica says:

    I just made this recipe and I have to say by far that this is the best Orange Chicken I have ever tasted! I made it for my husband for his birthday, and it was definitely better than taking him out to a Chinese place! Thank you for all your recipes, now my family and I can start eating my healthy.

  16. Teri says:

    I just made this and it was fantastic. My husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandson all enjoyed it. It will be served again in this house. Thanks again.

  17. Jamie Bishop says:

    Cannot wait to try this!!!

  18. patti says:

    ohhh made this tonight..thought it looked like a great summer recipe..its sooooo good! I find splenda too sweet so I did cut it in half…and then half the honey as well…I figured I wouldnt know the difference since I have never made it before. There used to a recipe at a restuarant I went to for a crispy orange chicken bowl..I loved it till i saw the calories for it!! This is just as good!! thank you…

  19. Melissa says:

    I made this last week and we L-O-V-E-D! it! My husband really enjoyed it and is already asking for it again. =)

    I think this sauce would also be great with shrimp or pork. Hmmm… I may have to try that out. 😉

  20. amyrene says:

    I made this tonight for the first time and WOW! Sooo good. This is definitely one I will be making again and again. I had mine with a little quinoa and the hubby had white rice.

    1. Linda says:

      I’m so glad you loved it!! Thanks for the great review!

  21. Am says:

    Looks just like take-out! Delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to try it myself.

  22. Just made this for dinner and my husband said its the best meal he’s ever had. We are chinese food lovers and it was better than take out because it wasn’t heavy and fried. My only complaint is that there are no leftovers. I wonder if this freezes well. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  23. Yvette Goins says:

    Thank you, thank you!! I finally made this last night and it was wonderful. The whole family enjoyed it. I added some stir-fry veggies for me and brown rice for the family. I made a double-batch (feeding 2 starving teenage boys) and there was barely enough for me to have for lunch. Thanks again for another fantastic recipe.

  24. Lauren says:

    This looks delicious! Orange chicken is one of my favorites so I’m excited for a healthier recipe! When making the sauce and you say simmer to reduce about a 1/4, approx how long would that be? I always have such trouble gaging how much it has reduced! Thanks!

  25. Yvette Alvarez says:

    how much is a serving? as in how many will this dish serve I dont see it anywhere? We are totally calorie counting right now. Thanks.

  26. Yvette Alvarez says:

    One more question I am totally new to your website & therefore dont know much of your terms but you say WLS? Weight Lost Serving??? How much is that? 1/2 cup 1/ cup etc? Cuz I like to measure out in portions especially if I am calorie counting and packing a home made lunch vs. a frozen one at work. Thanks again!

  27. Yvette says:

    Is there possibly any other way to lower the calories on this recipe? I love orange chicken but 1/2 cup for 400+ calories is a lot. Just curious?

  28. joy says:

    This was so easy to make and it was great! My husband loved it!! Thanks

  29. Mel says:

    “Per Serving: Calories 222; Protien 27 g; Fat 4 g; Carbs 18 g; Fiber 0 g; Sugar 6 g; Sodium 171 mg”

    Can you explain how you come to your figures, because they never seem to add up with mine, even if I use exactly the same ingredients. I keep track of what I eat on myfitnesspal, and there’s a nutrition calculator on there that says this meal is 277 calories and 31 carbs per serving. Do you list total carbs or do you do that “net carbs” calculation?

    1. Linda says:

      I use the Accuchef program for all my calculations and they get their numbers from the USDA. I will go back and check with another site and see what I come up with.

  30. Samantha says:

    I just made this for dinner tonight. My family really enjoyed it. I don’t eat take out anymore but orange chicken was my favorite as a kid. I thought this tasted very much like the kind I indulged in back in those days! Thanks for this recipe, it was delightful.

  31. tami says:

    trying it tonight! Thanks for the recipe. I found you via pinterest

  32. Althea says:

    I stumbled onto your site via Pinterest yesterday and I’m very grateful (this was the best thing that happened to me all day!) For some time I have wanted to eliminate sugar in my diet but the substituting math using Splenda, Agave,
    or Stevia seemed complex. By the time I did the substitution ratios and added this or that to make up for loss volume, I lost interest in the recipe. Then, “Walla,” here you are!!!!! You have done all the math!

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