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Keto Orange Chicken

Keto Orange Chicken

This Keto Orange Chicken has crispy chicken pieces coated in a sweet and sticky orange sauce.
4.46 from 24 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Laura


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 cup whey protein isolate
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

For the sauce

  • 70 ml orange juice juice of 1 medium orange
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp allulose
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 piece ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp chili oil optional
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum


  • Set out a large wire rack with a paper towel under it to catch drippings.
  • Cut chicken into 1" pieces. In a medium bowl, whisk egg and almond milk.
  • In another bowl, mix together the whey protein, salt, and pepper.
  • Dip pieces of chicken into the egg mixture, shack off excess, then coat in the whey protein.
  • Set the coated chicken on the rack and repeat until all chicken is coated.
  • In a medium saucepan, add all the sauce ingredients, except the xanthan gum. Stir and simmer over medium heat while you cook the chicken.
  • Set out another wire rack with a paper towel under it.
  • In a large skillet, add an inch of avocado oil and heat to 375F (180°C).
  • Add about 10-15 chicken pieces to the frying pan and deep fry for 2-3 minutes until golden. Turn halfway and brown on the other side. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Once all the chicken is cooked, return to the sauce. It should be somewhat reduced. Add the xanthan gum and whisk until dissolved. The sauce should thicken.
  • Add the chicken pieces and toss to coat with sauce.
  • Serve with cauliflower rice or another keto side dish.


  • If you use store bought orange juice, look for a brand that is 100% oranges, with a low carb count. There should be no more than 10 grams of carbs per 100ml.
  • You can substitute the whey protein isolate with coconut flour, but it won't get as crispy.
  • Substituting rice vinegar for white vinegar will add additional carbs.
  • You can use any type of sugar substitute you want, but allulose adds no additional sugar alcohols (50% of which much be counted as net carbs).


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 983mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.