Asian Orange Chicken Bowls are loaded with flavorful grilled chicken, sweet peppers, and a grain of your choice! This is a great, healthy meal prep recipe!
Friends, are you looking for a new and interesting way to shake up your dinner routine? I’ve got you covered!
These Asian Orange Chicken Bowls are perfect for feeding a crowd. Simply grill up some of my favorite Orange Sesame Chicken, add a grain of your choice such as brown rice or lo mien, or skip the grain all together and add your favorite veggies!
Drizzle these bowls with some toasted sesame seeds, grilled orange wedges, and yum yum sauce for a real treat! Follow along to see how to make this easy chicken recipe and tips for the best results!
Ingredients for Orange Chicken
The best thing about these amazing Asian Orange Chicken Bowls is how incredibly versatile they are! You can add any grain you would like, such as cooked brown, white, or fried rice. These Sesame Noodles are especially amazing. You could even use quinoa if you’re wanting more protein!
- Orange juice
- Soy sauce – LaChoy is gluten-free!
- Toasted sesame oil
- Chili garlic sauce
- Minced Garlic
How to make Grilled Orange Chicken
To begin, whisk the orange sesame marinade ingredients together until smooth. I like to remove about half of the marinade to use later for basting when grilling. Add the uncooked, cubed chicken to the bowl of marinade and stir until completely coated. Cover and chill for at least one hour or up to 24 hours.
How long should you marinate chicken?
For the best flavor, I recommend marinating chicken for up to 24 hours. However, in a pinch, only marinating your chicken for 1 hour will still result in flavorful chicken.
I would advise you not to marinade the chicken longer than 24 hours due to the citrus in the marinade. Citrus can compromise the texture of the meat if it is marinated too long.
Can these bowls be made low carb?
Yes! You will need to skip the grain at the bottom of the bowl and enjoy this Asian chicken on it’s own or over something low carb like zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
As for the orange chicken, here is the break down for a low carb or keto diet. Orange juice is typically considered off limits for a true keto diet. However, this recipe uses a small amount of freshly squeezed orange juice (no extra sugar added) and it is only in the marinade, which is discarded. I consider this recipe okay for those following a keto diet, but (of course) use your own judgement.
This recipe for Orange Sesame Chicken is low carb and keto-friendly in my book because it is under 4 net carbs per serving.
Are these bowls good for meal prep?
Definitely! Cooked chicken can be stored in the fridge up to 4 days in an air tight container. You can use meal prep containers like these to portion out meals.
Simply add the grain of your choice, grilled chicken and peppers to the container. Add any extra sauce to these tiny containers and chill. This makes a great grab and go lunch!
Can I make this a salad?
Of course! Layer the chicken and sweet peppers over a bed of your favorite greens. Top with a dressing of your choice–This Thai vinaigrette is one of my favorites! Add some salted cashews or peanuts for crunch, a few green onions, and you have an amazing, easy salad!
Other Chicken Recipes
- Keto Sesame Chicken Stir Fry
- Spicy Kung Pao Chicken
- Balsamic Grilled Chicken
- Keto Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
For the Orange Chicken
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup orange juice*
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (LaChoy is gluten free)
- 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
For the Asian Orange Chicken Bowls
- 2 cups cooked grain or vegetable of your choice (brown rice, white rice, lo mein, zucchini noodles, broccoli, etc.)
- 1 cup red sweet peppers, grilled and sliced
- 2 oranges, cut into wedges and grilled
- Garnish: green onions, sesame seeds, crushed peanuts or cashews if desired.
- Combine the orange juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, garlic and ginger in a small bowl whisk until smooth.
- Place the chicken in a large plastic bag and pour half of the sauce over the chicken. Reserve the remaining orange sesame sauce for brushing while cooking and drizzling over the assembled bowls.
Marinade the chicken at least one hour, up to 24 hours for the best flavor.
- When ready to cook heat your grill to medium high heat (about 400 degrees F)
- Thread the chunks of chicken onto skewers or place on a grill pan, and grill 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Brush the chicken with some of the sauce, leaving some for drizzling at the end.
- When chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 degree F remove them from the grill.
- Place the sweet peppers and orange wedges on the grill and cook 1-2 minutes on each side until the peppers are tender and the orange has begun to caramelize.
To assemble the bowls:
- Set out four bowls. Add 1/2 cup the cooked grain or veggie of choice, approximately 1 cup of the cooked chicken, 1/4 cup sliced sweet peppers, orange wedges, a drizzle of the sesame orange sauce and garnish with green onion, sesame seeds and nuts if desired.
- To make low carb, use zucchini noodles or steamed broccoli.
- This is a gluten free lo mein recipe we love with this recipe.
- Nutrition values below include the Orange Chicken + White Rice & Peppers. Nutrition information for ONLY the cooked chicken: CALORIES: 284 TOTAL FAT: 11g CHOLESTEROL: 124mg SODIUM: 495mg CARBOHYDRATES: 3.7g NET CARBOHYDRATES: 3.6g FIBER: 0.1g SUGAR: 2.1g PROTEIN: 39g
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/2 cup rice, 1/4 cup peppers, about 1 cup cooked chicken
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457Total Fat: 11.7gCholesterol: 124.1mgSodium: 1227.2mgCarbohydrates: 42.3gFiber: 2.8gSugar: 10.2gProtein: 43.7g