The Improv Kitchen: Gluten Free Asian Orange Chicken Tenders

Gluten Free Orange Chicken Tenders

My daughter loves orange chicken. However, traditional orange chicken is breaded in wheat flour and the sauce contains soy. I modified my old recipe and came up with gluten and soy free orange chicken tenders. They were quite delicious despite not having coconut aminos as a soy sauce replacement.
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Yield: 2-3 servings
Serving size: 1-2 chicken tenders

  • chicken tenders
  • 5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
Cooking Directions
  1. Brown chicken in coconut or olive oil over medium heat.
  2. While chicken is browning, combine spices, honey, 1 cup water, and orange juice. Mix until honey is dissolved.
  3. Pour over chicken, bring to boil, then simmer for 15 miutes.
  4. Mix cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water (more if needed), pour into sauce and stir until thickened.
  5. Serve with steamed rice or paleo alternative and steamed veggies.


  1. As leftovers, these make an amazing protein addition to salad and as a dressing, especially after the sauce has had time for the flavors to meld.


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