Easy Keto Orange Chicken Bowls

When you hear “orange chicken,” you probably think of the classic takeout meal of battered and fried chicken pieces coated in a sweet and tangy sauce. But while it’s definitely possible to replicate the fried version while keeping it low carb, this keto orange chicken bowl recipe saves time and calories by using ground chicken instead. The chicken is just as flavorful without the mess and hassle of frying. Instead, use the saved time to prep the cauliflower rice and sesame broccoli that makes this a complete keto dinner!

The cauli rice is the base of these keto orange chicken bowls. It only takes a few minutes to make from scratch, but makes this dish so much more filling without adding many carbs. It’s lightly seasoned with garlic, soy sauce, and a splash of rice vinegar. I also like using chicken broth instead of plain water to cook it for a boost of extra flavor. You can do the same to up the flavor and nutrition for the sesame broccoli in these bowls (especially if you make your own chicken bone broth).

The broccoli is also super simple to make. Similar to a previous keto sesame broccoli recipe, it’s sautéed with ginger and garlic before finishing with a quick steam. The end result is tender and flavorful, and will perfectly complement the other ingredients in the bowl. The combination of cauliflower and broccoli also makes these orange chicken bowls super satisfying and packed with nutrition.

But of course, the keto orange chicken is the star of this easy low carb meal prep option. Skipping any breading on the chicken gives us a couple extra carbs to work with, and the sauce here is definitely worth it! Just make sure you use fresh orange juice and zest.  It will give the most orange flavor with no added sugar or junk!

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Keto Orange Chicken Bowls

These keto orange chicken bowls feature cauliflower rice, sesame broccoli, and chicken tossed in a flavorful sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword broccoli, cauliflower, chicken, veggies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 bowls
Calories 400kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions chopped

Chicken

  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger minced

Orange Sauce

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 1 tbsp chili sauce ex. sriracha or Huy Fong
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp granulated Lakanto Classic or other keto sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum optional

Cauliflower Rice

  • 1 lb riced cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth or water
  • 2 tsp unsweetened rice vinegar or lime juice

Sesame Broccoli

  • 1 lb broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or liquid aminos

Instructions

Toast Sesame Seeds

  • Toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant (2-3 minutes). Set aside.

Prep Sauce

  • Combine sweetener and xanthan gum (if using).
  • Add remaining sauce ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in sweetener mixture and simmer until dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Adjust sweet/heat levels to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.

Cauliflower Rice

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add riced cauliflower and toss to combine.
  • Add chicken broth and soy sauce. Continue to cook, stirring regularly, for about 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in rice vinegar and remove from heat. Season to taste.

Sesame Broccoli

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, and red pepper, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add broccoli and toss to combine. Sauté for about 4 minutes, until bright green.
  • Add chicken broth and soy sauce. Cover pan and allow to steam for 3-5 minutes, or until broccoli is fork tender. Top with about half of the toasted sesame seeds.

Keto Orange Chicken

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger, and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chicken and toss to combine. Cook for about 3 minutes, until chicken is mostly browned.
  • Reduce heat to medium low. Add the orange sauce and toss to coat. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until sauce has thickened and chicken is cooked through.

Keto Orange Chicken Bowls

  • Divide cauliflower rice into four portions, top with chicken and broccoli, then garnish with green onion and remaining sesame seeds!
  • Alternatively, you can toss the chicken, broccoli, and cauliflower rice together before serving and adding garnish.

Notes

  • Storage: You can store the parts of this dish separately, or prep the bowls before storage. Either way, refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 4 days.
  • You can replace the ground chicken in this recipe with diced chicken or another protein of your choice, adjusting cooking time as needed.
  • Please use fresh orange juice and zest! You'll avoid the added sugar from the bottled stuff, and get way more flavor per carb.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Potassium: 732mg | Fiber: 6g | Vitamin A: 1850IU | Vitamin C: 139.4mg | Calcium: 830mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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