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Ground Orange Chicken (Whole30, Paleo) - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, 30 min EASY chicken dinner! Kid-approved, great for meal prep.

If you need more EASY 30-minute family chicken dinners, this Ground Orange Chicken is for you! This is a great go-to meal on busy weeknights when you are short on time or capacity. All the flavor of classic orange chicken in a quick, whole-food meal.

Why We Love This Ground Orange Chicken

  • This dish is Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and egg-free. Such a great option for those with allergies or sensitivities! 
  • Also, it’s only sweetened by dates and orange juice! Traditional orange chicken is heavy on the sugar. This dish gets it’s sweetness from fruit, with no added sweeteners or sugar beyond orange juice and dates. 
  • Plus, Ground Orange Chicken is a 30-minute family dinner. It’s rare we have more than 30 minutes to make dinner on a weeknight. This one is quick enough to get dinner done and on with your night.

Ground Orange Chicken (Whole30, Paleo) - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, 30 min EASY chicken dinner! Kid-approved, great for meal prep.

  • And, it is kid-approved and freezer-friendly! This dish has won over even my picky eater and was devoured. Plus, it freezes great, making it perfect for meal prep as well.
  • Finally, it’s a budget-friendly meal! The ingredients are all ones I can find at my local Walmart. AND, if boneless skinless chicken breast is cheaper than ground chicken, then you can make your own ground chicken at home in 5 minutes with a food processor

Ingredients

  • Olive or avocado oil
  • Ground chicken – If boneless skinless chicken breast is cheaper than ground chicken, then you can make your own ground chicken at home in 5 minutes with a food processor
  • Salt + Pepper – Traditional table salt and ground black pepper.
  • Orange juice – Use a 100% juice orange juice.
  • Coconut aminos – On Whole30 or Paleo, soy is prohibited, as is soy sauce. However, coconut aminos are a great replacement for soy sauce and add a great depth of flavor. We find coconut aminos at Walmart or Trader Joe’s. 
  • Dates – Dates add sweetness to the sauce. I blend them into a date paste first, as that helps them mix in more smoothly. I use pitted medjool dates, which I find in the Winco bulk bins, or at Walmart

Ground Orange Chicken (Whole30, Paleo) - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, 30 min EASY chicken dinner! Kid-approved, great for meal prep.

  • Arrowroot or potato starch or flour – These flours are a Whole30 and Paleo way to thicken a sauce like cornstarch. I find them in the bulk bins at Winco. They are also available on Amazon, here and here. Tapioca flour will NOT work the same, as it makes the sauce tacky. Learn more about the differences between Paleo flours here
  • Minced garlic – Fresh minced garlic to add a depth of flavor. I buy my garlic pre-minced, like this one at Walmart
  • Crushed red pepper – You can find this in the spice aisle of most grocery stores, like this one at Walmart. Optional – if your crew doesn’t like any kind of heat, you can decrease it or leave it out. RIght now it is a medium heat level.
  • Cauliflower rice (Whole30, Paleo) or Rice (gluten-free), to serve – We love this Ground Orange Chicken on top of steamed riced cauliflower, to keep it Whole30 and Paleo. It’s also delicious on cooked rice of your choice, if you just need a gluten-free option.

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Add ground chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook until cooked through with no pink, about 10 minutes.
  • While chicken is cooking, whisk together all other ingredients (except the caulirice or rice) in a medium bowl. Steam caulirice or rice.
  • Once chicken is cooked, add sauce to the pan. Cook until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. 
  • Serve Ground Orange Chicken on top of the caulirice or rice.
  • Store leftovers in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.

Ground Orange Chicken (Whole30, Paleo) - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, 30 min EASY chicken dinner! Kid-approved, great for meal prep.

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Ground Orange Chicken (Whole30, Paleo) - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, 30 min EASY chicken dinner! Kid-approved, great for meal prep.

Ground Orange Chicken (Whole30, Paleo)

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
An EASY 30-minute family chicken dinner that is Whole30, simple to make, and picky-eater approved!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 4 people
Calories 343 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • 1 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper

Sauce

  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup date paste see recipe below
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot or potato starch or flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • To serve: Steamed caulirice or rice

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Add ground chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook until cooked through with no pink, about 10 minutes.
  • SAUCE: While chicken is cooking, whisk together all other ingredients (orange juice through red pepper flakes) in a medium bowl. Steam caulirice or rice.
  • Once chicken is cooked, add sauce to the pan. Cook until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. 
  • Serve Ground Orange Chicken on top of the caulirice or rice.
  • Store leftovers in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.

Notes

Nutrition information does not include caulirice or rice of choice. See "Ingredient" section of blog post above for details of ingredients, including links to favorite products and substitutions.

Nutrition

Calories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 21gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 1108mgPotassium: 857mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 171IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, kid-friendly, main dish, nut-free, paleo
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Date Paste

Servings 8 tablespoons
Calories 52 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Instructions
 

  • Mix 1 cup pitted dates with 1/2 cup hot water, pushing the dates down into the water to moisten all. Let soak for 5 minutes. Puree in a blender or mixer until it makes a smooth paste.

Nutrition

Calories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 0.5gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.004gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.2mg
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