Paleo Orange Chicken

This easy-to-make Paleo Orange Chicken is simple, flavorful and perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’ll be loved by both kids and adults alike and it just so happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

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It’s almost hard to believe that this healthy and flavorful orange chicken recipe only takes about 20 minutes to get on the table, but it’s true! The paleo orange chicken has simple ingredients and simple instructions and your whole family will love it! Serve it with your favorite side, but we suggest cauliflower rice and if you’re feeling like you need some extra veggies in your life some green beans or broccoli would fit right in here.

We love this orange chicken because it’s one of those magical recipes that is so easily made paleo and with other dietary restrictions in mind by simply using real whole ingredients. Fresh orange juice as the main player in this dish, giving it a bright, bold flavor. The chicken is coated in arrowroot starch which helps make it crispy after it’s quickly pan seared and it also helps thicken the sauce to keep it gluten-free.

Here is what’s in it:

  • chicken breast (or thighs)
  • arrowroot starch
  • Salt and pepper
  • oil
  • fresh orange juice
  • orange zest
  • rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • fish sauce
  • honey
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • sesame oil
  • Pinch red pepper flakes

Paleo orange chicken with cauliflower rice on a plate

What can you serve with this Paleo Orange Chicken?

We served ours with cauliflower rice, but it would also go well with:

  • white rice
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • steamed broccoli
  • cooked green beans
  • steamed cauliflower
  • roasted spaghetti squash

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Paleo Orange Chicken

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 00:20 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut chicken into 1" pieces and place inside of a large bowl with arrowroot and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat the chicken fully.
  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet. Once hot, brown chicken on both sides, in batches if necessary, for 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Remove chicken and set aside. To the pan add the remainder of the ingredients (except sesame seeds and cauliflower rice). Increase heat and bring the mixture to a boil, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Once the sauce has boiled and thickened up, add back the chicken and cook through until hot, about 1 more minute.
  4. Serve chicken immediately with sauce from the skillet over cauliflower rice.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs here!
  2. If you don't have rice wine vinegar on hand, you can substitute apple cider vinegar.
  3. So many of you are already making this, but have been asking: What can you substitute for fish sauce? It is optional. Fish sauce is just an extra flavor booster that enhances the overall depth of the dish. But if you don't have it and don't want to buy it, skip it! The dish will still be lovely!
  4. For Whole30 you can omit the honey!
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Ultimate Kick-that-Cold Juice

We are well into cold and flu season and this Ultimate Kick-that-Cold Juice is a recipe you need in your back pocket! If you feel a cold coming on, or you are currently in the throes of one, this juice recipe with oranges, lemon, carrots, ginger and turmeric will give you an extra boost of vitamin C and antioxidants to help your body naturally feel better!Kick That Cold Juice

Kick-that-Cold Juice

When cold and flu seasons hits staying healthy can be a top priority.  Our bodies naturally do a great job at utilizing their own defenses to fight off colds but it can never hurt to arm yourself with some extra Vitamin C and antioxidants to do it. This recipe has been used in my house for years and it’s time it’s officially landed on the blog. If we feel ourselves starting to get sick we immediately make this Ultimate Kick-that-Cold Juice and drink up! I swear by it, but it’s also super delicious and a good pick-me-up.

Benefits of juicing:

Juicing can be controversial in the health world as it does remove some fiber from the fruit and veggies, but I’ve found, when I am coming down with something, this really does the trick! While of course fiber IS important (because it also contains nutrients and helps digestion), practically speaking, you will absorb more nutrients because the gut doesn’t need to digest all that fiber at the same time! Want more info? I like this article!

Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients found in the whole fruit! Since you have to use a far larger quantity of fruits and vegetables to make a glass of juice than you typically would eat in a sitting, you will get higher doses of those micronutrients and phytochemical. Juice quickly reaches your vital organs, can help reset your body, re-oxygenates yourblood, flush out fat, and more!

What I will say is: when ordering juice out, ask them how much fruit is going into your juice (so you can watch the sugar intake). Nobody needs 3 apples in one sitting!

Kick That Cold Juice

The juice is made up of oranges, carrots, lemon, fresh ginger and turmeric! The citrus and carrots add a much needed boost of vitamin c and antioxidants, the ginger is a natural antiviral and the turmeric has the nutrient curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

To prep the fruits and veggies you remove the rinds from all of the fruit before juicing. This is important because the skin/rind is what can hold the most pesticide residue and we want to keep away all that harmful chemicals, especially when your body is fighting off a cold. You can either just wash the carrots, or peel them.

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Tools for juicing: 

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Kick That Cold Juice

Ultimate Kick-that-Cold Juice

Prep Time 00:10 Total Time 00:10 Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 oranges, rind removed
  • 1 lemon, rind removed
  • 2” chunk ginger
  • 1” knob turmeric
  • 5 large carrots, cleaned / peeled

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients through a high-speed juicer and mix well before serving over ice. Consume immediately.
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What is your go-to natural cold remedy?

Tropical Shrimp Ceviche

This Tropical Shrimp Ceviche is the perfect light appetizer or meal that is easy to make and requires no cooking! Everyone loves the flavors in this homemade ceviche! 

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Tropical Shrimp Ceviche

When I am feeling under the weather one of my go to routines is to bust out my simple hand juicer and have some fresh squeezed OJ. I supplement with vitamin C daily, but there’s just something about fresh squeezed orange juice that makes me feel all happy and healthy. 

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Alternatively, when I am making a dish for company I go right to oranges for the bright color and perfect citrus flavor. Last month I taught a cooking class here in Boston and my Tropical Ceviche was a major hit. Generally speaking, ceviche uses raw seafood, but in this ceviche I used precooked shrimp. Not everyone at your dinner party may be up for raw, so I make it this way to accommodate all my guests. It is absolutely the perfect no cook appetizer to make when entertaining!

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What do you think of when you think of an orange? I think of warm weather and a dose of vitamin C! In other words, I think of delicious colorful dishes and a cure for when I’m not feeling one-hundred percent. What a combination. Not only can you make some seriously epic citrus-y meals, but you can benefit from the amazing health benefits that this mega fruit offers!

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Tropical Shrimp Ceviche

Total Time 0:00

Ingredients

  • 15 cocktail jumbo shrimps (pre-cooked)
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 orange, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp ground garlic from garlic mill

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl combine diced mango, orange, avocado, red onion, grape tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, and ground garlic, mix and set aside
  • 2. Remove tails from shrimp
  • 3. Optional: chop shrimp
  • 3. Add shrimp to tropical mixture, mix and taste- adjust flavoring as needed
  • 4. When ready to serve, spoon mixture into mini cups and enjoy!
  • Recipe Notes

  • Double or triple the recipe depending on how many you are serving! For the cooking class, I made 4 times the amount and it served 16 people.
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