This wonderful recipe is adapted from a more traditional Orange Peel Chicken recipe and is a much healthier version. The trademark sauce is sweetened with honey and orange juice instead of sugar.
For several years, we’ve been using Sally’s GF Orange Peel Chicken recipe as one of our go-to recipes when we had a Chinese take-out craving. It’s a very yummy recipe. This week, as we were brainstorming meal ideas on the way to the grocery store, one of us remembered Orange Peel Chicken.
Once it was mentioned, we had to have it! But then I went to the recipe and realize that it was not at all Paleo friendly. A half a cup of sugar plus fried chicken just did not need to happen that night.
Instead, I came up with a more paleo, primal friendly recipe by replacing the sugar with half as much honey plus orange juice. The recipe is also a bit more RV friendly, since I substituted red pepper flakes for the sriracha sauce in the original recipe. Our fridge is very small and there is not any room for ingredients that are not used frequently!
The recipe received rave reviews on the first night and the leftover night. The kids were a bit puzzled about eating orange peel, since we would generally throw that away. However, they were not so puzzled that they didn’t eat supper.
Since I was not sure how our kids would like this recipe, I prepared their plates with rice and chicken only. I had added enough red pepper flakes to the sauce that it didn’t seem wise to add additional sauce to their servings. The adult plates had cauliflower pilaf, then chicken, and then a big ladle full of sauce. Everyone was happy!