Sweet orange chicken in one pot! I'm always looking for dinner ideas for my kids, sometimes I feel this is one of the hardest jobs of a family manager. This one pot meal is quick, gluten free and the perfect combination of savoury and sweet to make your kids happy.  I used a gluten free option to help brown the chicken to give it that extra texture and this orange sauce has depth of flavour like no other. It can be served over noodles or rice and is the perfect simple dish for that Thai chef in you! Enjoy.

Ingredients
Chicken Thigh Coating
  • 6 small/medium Skin on or skin off chicken thighs.
  • 1/2 cup Brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • Pinch Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
Sweet Orange Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1 tsp orange zest (optional)
Other Ingredients
  • 6 small/medium organic heirloom colourful carrots (chopped into bite size pieces)
  • 5 green onions sliced on an angle
  • parsley & sesame seeds for garnish
Instructions
Chicken Thighs
  1. Heat a roasting pot over stove top with 1 tbs coconut oil

  2. Place 1/4 coconut oil in a bowl and 1/2 cup of rice flour, combined with sea salt and pepper in a seperate bowl

  3. Dip chicken thigh in coconut oil then in brown rice flour until fully coated. Repeat for all 6 chicken thighs.

  4. Place chicken thighs in heated pan, browning 3-5 mins on each side until slightly browned.

  5. Add sliced green onions and chopped carrots over top of chicken thighs

    Sweet Orange Chicken with Carrots
Sweet Orange Sauce
  1. Combine orange juice, honey, tomato sauce, liquid aminos (or tamari) and water in a bowl. Whisk until fully combined. If you are not looking for a gluten free option, fell free to use soy sauce instead of liquid aminos or tamari.

  2. At this point you can add orange zest.  Orange zest is a strong flavour so use accordingly.  You can also eliminate this ingredient and the recipe will still be delicious.

Cooking Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

  2. After browning the chicken, pour the orange sauce over the chicken thighs and carrots.

  3. Place in oven covered for 30 mins.

  4. Then an additional 10 mins uncovered.

  5. Serve over rice noodles or rice and garnish with parsley and sesame seeds for added flavour and nutrition.

Recipe Notes

Please note:  I used gluten free options but the following can be substituted for what's in your cupboards.  Use regular white flour insted of brown rice flour and regular soy sauce instead of liquid aminos (or tamari).