In college, mandarin chicken was my weakness. I loved Chinese food and ate mandarin chicken from a local chinese restaurant many late nights while studying. Healthy… not so much. Delicious… absolutely.
As with practically all foods, I’ve found that healthy versions can actually taste better even without the MSG and chemical flavoring agents. Served over some cauliflower rice or fresh steamed broccoli, this mandarin chicken is delicious, filling, and nutritious. If you like Chinese food, try this recipe!
Healthy Mandarin Chicken Recipe
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (or breasts)
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ + 1TBSP cup arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ground ginger (optional)
- 2 eggs
- 1 TBSP water
- 1 cup coconut oil (or tallow, or lard for frying)
- 3 oranges
- 1 lemon
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
- 1 TBSP chili garlic sauce (optional)
- ¼ cup honey (optional)
- Cut the chicken bite-sized pieces.
- In a medium size bowl, mix the almond flour, ¼ of the arrowroot, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ginger.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the water.
- Heat the coconut oil, tallow or lard in a large skillet.
- Dip the chicken into the egg mixture, then into the flour mixture, shaking to remove excess flour.
- Carefully drop the breaded chicken pieces into the hot oil, cooking about 3-5 minutes per side until cooked through. Do not stir or move chicken except to flip once during cooking as it may knock off the breading.
- Carefully remove the chicken from the pan and place on a plate to cool.
- Repeat with all the chicken until cooked.
- While chicken is cooking and cooling, zest the oranges and lemon into a medium sized saucepan.
- Squeeze the juice of the oranges and lemon into the pan and add the coconut aminos, chili garlic sauce, and honey.
- Stir well and slowly add the remaining arrowroot powder.
- Bring to a simmer and continue simmering over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until it reaches desired thickness. Do not let it boil or burn! If you want a thicker sauce, add a little more arrowroot.
- If you are serving with cauliflower rice or steamed broccoli, cook it while the sauce is thickening.
- When everything is done, pour the sauce over the chicken and lightly toss to incorporate.
Ever made healthy versions of your favorite foods? How did they turn out?