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Orange Chicken Recipe for Weight Watchers

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This orange chicken recipe is perfect for Weight Watchers or any healthy lifestyle. It’s an easy orange chicken recipe that also happens to be a healthy orange chicken recipe. You don’t have to eat bland morning food to be healthy!

Here we see a pin for the healthy WW chicken recipe with oranges.

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Here’s what you will need to make this tasty recipe at home:

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need to make this healthy orange chicken at home. Chinese orange chicken is actually easy to make at home. No need to order takeout when you have this tasty option ready to go!

A look at the bowl full of the delicious chicken fried rice with orange chicken on top.
  • 2 Teaspoons Dark Sesame Oil
  • 2 Teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (4 oz each)
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 15 Ounces Mandarine Oranges in Light Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
A top down look at the finished dish full of four portions of this delicious and easy healthy dinner recipe.

How to make orange chicken:

This is a pretty simple recipe. You’ll be surprised by how easily these flavors come together to make a delicious meal that the whole family will love. We like to make this when the craving for takeout strikes. It’s simple, delicious, and budget friendly!

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add in the orange zest and cook until fragrant. 1-2 minutes should be plenty.
  2. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. Add to the pan and increase the temperature to medium-high heat. Cook until golden brown. About 2 minutes per side depending on the thickness.
  3. Drain the oranges saving about 1/4 cup of the liquid and add that and the oranges to the skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes. Use a whisk to combine the broth, soy sauce, more orange zest if desired, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add that mixture to the pan and simmer as sauce thickens.
  4. Remove from the heat once the sauce is fully thickened and the chicken is finished cooking through.
  5. Serve with fresh or steamed vegetables, salad, or you choice or rice.
A close up shot of the finished orange chicken in a dish ready to be served.

Is this a healthy orange chicken?

This is a healthy orange chicken recipe. You can make this lighter version (lighter than takeout) at home for just a few Weight Watchers points and far less calories, fat, and artificial ingredients than Chinese takeout varieties!

Another close up view of the finished orange chicken for WW

Here are the points for this orange chicken on Weight Watchers Freestyle plans:

  • Green Plan: 7 Points per serving
  • Blue Plan: 5 Points per serving
  • Purple Plan: 5 Points per serving
points bubbles for orange chicken on weight watchers.

Each serving is 1 chicken breast and about 1/4 cup of the sauce that accompanies the finished recipe. If you decide to serve this recipe over rice as pictured or if you serve it with another type of rice you’ll need to add those points to your calculations.

A look at the orange chicken finished and ready to be served with chicken fried rice.

More delicious recipes to make after this Chinese orange chicken:

Here are some more recipes for Weight Watchers that I think you will enjoy. If you are not on WW that’s okay too. You can enjoy these recipes knowing that they are healthy, and lighter than traditional recipes.

It’s a great way to cut unnecessary calories, fat, and even cholesterol out of your diet. If you are just trying to live a healthier lifestyle these recipes will help. You’ll never know that you are eating something that is “good” for you, it just tastes great!

Another pin showing the title in the middle with the finished images at top and bottom for the WW orange chicken recipe.

Easy Orange Chicken Recipe Printable:

This is an easy to print version of this delicious recipe. If you can’t make it tonight just bookmark the page and come back when you can. This printable gives you an easy shopping list reference for when you go to the grocery store or farmers market!

Yield: 4 Servings

Orange Chicken Recipe for Weight Watchers

Featured Image showing the finished orange chicken on a plate with rice ready to eat.

This orange chicken recipe is perfect for Weight Watchers or any healthy lifestyle. It's an easy orange chicken recipe that also happens to be a healthy orange chicken recipe. You don't have to eat bland morning food to be healthy! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Teaspoons Dark Sesame Oil
  • 2 Teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (4 oz each)
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 15 Ounces Mandarine Oranges in Light Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Low Sodium Soy Sauce 
  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add in the orange zest and cook until fragrant. 1-2 minutes should be plenty. 
  2. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. Add to the pan and increase the temperature to medium-high heat. Cook until golden brown. About 2 minutes per side depending on the thickness. 
  3. Drain the oranges saving about 1/4 cup of the liquid and add that and the oranges to the skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes. Use a whisk to combine the broth, soy sauce, more orange zest if desired, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add that mixture to the pan and simmer as sauce thickens. 
  4. Remove from the heat once the sauce is fully thickened and the chicken is finished cooking through. 
    Serve with fresh or steamed vegetables, salad, or you choice or rice. 

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 315Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 102mgSodium 398mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 17gProtein 39g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

This recipe is not endorsed by Weight Watchers. Points were calculated with the WW app using ingredients as a courtesy. Please do your own calculations for ensured accuracy. Calculating points using nutrition info in this post is not recommended.

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