Orange Ground Chicken

Are you tired of ordering take-out? Looking for healthier options but still wanting that same great taste in orange chicken?

Orange Ground Chicken in bowl with rice

Well, this orange ground chicken is packed with flavor, and you won’t even miss the fried chicken. This sauce is so simple to make at home in under 30 minutes. Serve this orange ground chicken on top of rice or even use lettuce wraps.

orange ground chicken on lettuce cup

Recipe Notes:

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Don’t worry, I know the sauce will look very watery when letting it simmer but once you add the cornstarch it will thicken right up to give you the perfect orange sauce.

putting chicken over rice
Can I use freshly squeezed orange juice?

Yes, I would say about 2-3 oranges will give you 1⁄2 cup of orange juice.

Can I omit the orange marmalade?

You could but this really brings out the orange flavor and
helps thicken the sauce. If you do decide to omit the orange marmalade, I would add orange zest to the sauce instead of just the topping. Being that orange marmalade has sugar in it itself I would also then bump up the brown sugar to 3⁄4 cup instead of 1⁄2 cup if you are looking for a sweet sauce.

Can I use fresh ginger root and fresh garlic?

Absolutely! I love the paste since it takes less time and its ready to go when I need minced garlic or ginger.

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  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add ground chicken, salt, and black pepper. Brown ground chicken until fully cooked.browning ground chicken in pan
  2. Drain the ground chicken and set aside. Using the same skillet, add in orange juice, brown sugar, orange marmalade, soy sauce, white vinegar, ginger root paste and garlic paste. Whisk together over medium-low heat and let simmer for five minutes.Orange Juice, Brown Sugar, Orange Marmalade, Soy Sauce, 
White Vinegar, Ginger Root and Garlic in pan.
  3. Remove sauce from stove top and add in cornstarch, whisk until dissolved. Add saucepan back to low heat and let cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.adding corn starch to pan with sauce
  4. Remove the skillet from heat. Add the ground chicken to the sauce.cooked ground chicken added to pan with sauce
  5. Stir ground chicken into the sauce until the ground chicken has been fully coated.stirring orange ground chicken in pan
  6. Serve with rice or lettuce wraps.Orange Ground Chicken in bowls with rice
5 from 1 vote

Orange Ground Chicken

This orange ground chicken recipe is packed with flavor, and you won’t even miss the fried chicken of the tradition take-out dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 Lb Ground Chicken
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Orange Marmalade
  • 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Ginger Root paste
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic (paste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • All optional Orange Zest Green Onions Sesame Seeds Red Pepper Flakes

Instructions

  • In a skillet over medium heat, add ground chicken, salt, and black pepper. Brown ground chicken until fully cooked.
  • Drain the ground chicken and set aside. Using the same skillet, add in orange juice, brown sugar, orange marmalade, soy sauce, white vinegar, ginger root paste and garlic paste. Whisk together over medium-low heat and let simmer for five minutes.
  • Remove sauce from stove top and add in cornstarch, whisk until dissolved. Add saucepan back to low heat and let cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from heat. Add the ground chicken to the sauce.
  • Stir ground chicken into the sauce until the ground chicken has been fully coated.
  • Serve with rice or lettuce wraps.

Nutrition

Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1428mg | Potassium: 750mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was really good! A great change of pace for weekday lunch prep. Chicken by itself was on the saltier side, and I was a little worried, but when sauce was finished, it balanced it out with sweet and slightly peppery flavor. Next time I would probably double sauce to have extra to drench rice in.