1/23/21

Low Carb/Sugarfree Orange Chicken (with a spicy option that is similar to General Tso's meets Orange Chicken)

  

 

Lousy photos for this one... I honestly wasn't even going to bother taking photos at all, but at the last second I picked up my older model cellphone (seriously - think the old, small SE) and took a couple pictures to post on Instagram. Those are the pictures I have to work with for this post.  And when I served it with yummy stir-fried rice cauliflower it looked awesome and tasted even better.  But I was too lazy to care enough to grab my phone to take a picture.  

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Note:  the one ingredient you might not have on hand for this and you'll want to check your cupboard for is the orange oil/extract or emulsion. I have to order mine online as I've yet to find it locally but Amazon always carries it and often times, Netrition has it as well. Walmart usually has it although it's through 3rd party sellers and they often jack the prices up.  I'll put links on the bottom of the post. 

 

Keto Orange Chicken
(sugarfree and low carb)

1 T grape seed or other oil
1 T ginger powder
1 T minced garlic
2 T rice vinegar
1 T sesame oil
2/3 c (scant) white vinegar
3 T liquid aminos (soy sauce alternative)
1 t xanthan gum (thickener)
1 c granular sweetener mixture of your choice
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1 1/2 t dried orange zest
1 t orange extract

Heat the oil in a pan, add the rest of the ingredients as you whisk, bring to a boil and turn down the heat to simmer.  Simmer until it reduces a bit and thickens to a nice sauce.

Use over prepared chicken chunks, and serve with a side of riced cauliflower and you can add broccoli.

Notes: This is the perfect recipe to make the day after you make homemade 'chicken nuggets' or chicken chunks.  Make double, save half for this meal the next day.  Also, I keep SunBird fried rice mixture packets on hand in the cupboard.  When I make this dish, I serve it with plain 'rice' (riced cauliflower) directly with the orange chicken and then make up a side of stir fried 'rice' using the SunBird packet.  I also added about a cup of fresh broccoli pieces to the orange chicken along with chopped green onion tops.

For the Chicken Chunks:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
egg whites
oil
Breading:  depending on your level of acceptable carbs use 3-4 cups crushed rice crispies, panko crumbs, crushed pork rinds or  a mixture of crushed pork rinds with almond flour, or keto bread crumbs
2-3 t paprika
2-3 t onion powder

Cut the chicken into chunks.  Mix 3 or 4 egg whites (depending on bit your chicken breasts are) with about 3 t oil of your choice in a bowl.  Put the breading of choice and spices in a second large bowl or a Ziploc baggy.  Now dredge the chicken into the egg white oil mixture and then breading, place on a heavily oiled pan (I line mine with foil for easy clean up).  

Spray with Pam or drizzle with more oil of choice and bake at 450 until the chunks are done, starting to get brown on the tops and crisp.  Remove from the oven (about 25-30 minutes depending on the size of the chunks you cut).   

I brush the chicken with a light sauce made from:

6 T melted butter
5 T tapatio' sauce

This makes our orange chicken spicy like General Tso's but with a heavy orange flavor too.  You don't have to brush the chicken chunks with anything though if you like your orange chicken sweet but not at all spicy.

  

 

I had a video on my instagram of the sauce simmering and I was stirring it... this is a screen shot of that, which doesn't look as cool but you can see how the sauce is thickening up - although the red pepper flakes are at the bottom of the pan so you can't see any of the spices in this picture.





 

 

 

I buy my low carb, sugarfree or keto items online from either Netrition or Amazon mostly.  Here are a couple links to their extracts/emulsions although the morning I'm posting this link, Netrition doesn't have the plain orange in stock - only the orange cream which isn't the same.  Amazon always had it in stock though and Walmart usually does although the prices sometimes run higher.

I can currently find my stir-fry seasoning packets at one local store near me, but not always.  And the other items that you might not always have on hand are the sesame oil, liquid aminos or rice vinegar; both easily found in most grocery stores or Walmart.  You can use soy sauce instead of the aminos! 

 


 
Gourmet Flavorings

 

 

 

LorAnn Oils Gourmet Flavorings 

 

 

 

LorAnn Orange Bakery Emulsion, 4 ounce bottle 

 

Sunbird Fried Rice Mix, 0.75 Ounce, (Pack of 6)


 

Bragg Liquid Aminos 16 Oz Pack of 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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