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Everyone loves this crispy chicken with a sweet and tangy orange sauce recipe. If you love gluten free orange chicken, this is a delicious dinner recipe to try! I share my tips and tricks to make this simple recipe in under 20 minutes. Even your pickiest eaters will love it!

A big white dinner plate with orange chicken over rice.

I am excited to share this crispy gluten free orange chicken recipe with you. It is a definite favorite recipe lately in our house. If you love Asian foods, you will love this easy gluten free orange chicken recipe. Serve it up with my easy gluten free fried rice recipe.

If you love this simple recipe, check out all of my easy gluten free dinner recipes.

Why This Recipe Is Great:

There are many reasons why you will love this delicious gluten free orange chicken recipe, but here are the most important ones:

  1. You can make this recipe in just minutes! Using pre-cooked gluten free chicken nuggets means you need a lot less time to cook this meal.
  2. Clean-up is a breeze because you don’t have to fry the chicken.
  3. Use your air fryer to make the frozen gluten free chicken nuggets so they stay nice and crispy!
  4. It is one of our favorite recipes and is ready in under 20 minutes.
  5. Kids love this recipe! It is sweet and savory.
  6. You can control the level of spice. If I am making this recipe for Mr. Fearless Dining and me, I add some red peppers and cayenne to add a nice kick!

I made this for dinner tonight. Didn’t use all of the sauce & the sauce thickened as it sat. I froze the remainder & think it will be even better next time.”

Terri C.

Ingredient Notes:

The orange chicken ingredients photos.
  • Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets – I love using premade gluten free chicken nuggets because it not only saves time, but you can make this dinner in less time. I used Trader Joe’s gluten free chicken nuggets to make this recipe. Several other great brands of gluten-free chicken nuggets include Applegate, Purdue Simply Smart, Sprout GF Chicken Nuggets, and Tyson Naturals.
  • Orange Marmalade or Apricot Jam – Use either flavor.
  • Orange Juice – Use store-bought or fresh squeezed.
  • Honey – Use any inexpensive honey. There is no need to use a fancy, expensive one.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – This helps to balance the sweetness from the marmalade
  • Salt – I used sea salt, but kosher salt and pink Himalayan salt are also okay.
  • Crushed Red Peppers – This is optional, but I recommend using even a few to add a little spice to the sweetness.

Recipe Step By Step Directions:

Frozen chicken nuggets in air fryer baskets.

Step 1: Place the frozen chicken nuggets into your air fryer. I have a Ninja Foodi Air Fryer, so it has dual compartments.

If you prefer to make chicken nuggets from scratch, use my Gluten Free Chicken Tenders recipe. If you want to make chicken nuggets, I have an awesome Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets recipe, but the ranch dressing in the batter for those doesn’t work with the orange sauce, so I recommend my chicken tenders recipe for the breading.

Orange sauce simmering on the stove.

Step 2: Combine the orange marmalade, apricot jam, and the rest of the sauce ingredients in a large skillet. Cook this on the stove at medium-low heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer the sauce.

Simmering will make a thicker sauce, which clings to the chicken nuggets better. The flavors will blend so well as it simmers!

Cooked chicken nuggets about to get mixed into the orange sauce.

Step 3: Take the cooked chicken nuggets and toss them in the orange sauce. The sauce will coat the chicken, and you can serve it over rice or eat it separately.

A bowl of gluten free orange chicken.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Will the chicken nuggets remain crispy with the sauce?

Yes, the chicken nuggets will stay crispy on the outside the day you make this recipe. If you are making this recipe ahead, you should coat the chicken in the sauce before eating it.

What is the orange sauce made of?

The orange sauce is made with orange marmalade, vinegar, orange juice, and crushed red peppers.

How do you store orange chicken?

Store the chicken in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep fresh for up to 4 days.

Can you freeze orange chicken?

You can freeze the orange chicken in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

The top view of a plate of orange chicken and white rice.

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a plate with orange chicken over rice.

Easy Gluten Free Orange Chicken

Sandi Gaertner
This is a savory delicious gluten free orange chicken recipe that you can make in under 20 minutes. It is perfect for busy weeknights.
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5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dinner Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 403 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces gluten free chicken nuggets * see notes for brand ideas.
  • 13 ounces orange marmalade
  • cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper – optional
  • teaspoon crushed red peppers – optional * add more if you like spicy.

Instructions
 

  • Place your frozen gluten free chicken nuggets into an air fryer. You can also bake them in the oven or toaster oven per package directions if you do not have an air fryer. If you prefer to make your own chicken nuggets, see the Notes section for the recipe.
  • Cook the nuggets in the air fryer at 375º F for 12-15 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, add the orange sauce ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil on medium heat, then turn down the cooking temperature to low to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Pour the hot orange sauce onto the cooked chicken nuggets and toss to coat the chicken nuggets.

Notes

  1. Gluten free brands of chicken nuggets: Trader Joe’s, Tyson, Applegate, Perdue, Ian’s, and Sprout.
  2. Make the nuggets homemade with this recipe https://www.fearlessdining.com/gluten-free-chicken-nuggets/ (NOTE use egg instead of ranch dressing!)
  3. You can use either orange marmalade or apricot jam to make this recipe.
  4. Serve over rice.
  5. This recipe will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 11gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 630mgPotassium: 249mgFiber: 1gSugar: 47gVitamin A: 93IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is so easy and so good! Using packaged chicken nuggets is genius. We haven’t had Orange Chicken in years, but we will again soon! My entire family loved it, so no leftovers. I did substitute orange extract mixed with water for the orange juice. Next time I make it I will be sure to have orange juice on hand. It was still wonderful. I served it with steamed broccoli as a side, which somehow we all mixed in.

  2. Hi Sandi,
    On the instructions you wrote,
    “If you prefer to make your own chicken nuggets, see the Notes section for the recipe”. Were you going to share how to make our own nuggets? If not, do you have a recipe to make nuggets from scratch?
    Thank you for always sharing your delicious recipes.

  3. 5 stars
    We did not have the marmalade, but my daughter made it work with what we had. It came out fantastic and she was really proud to have made it herself. We had never heard of GF chicken tenders and they are now a staple in our household. Next time we are going to try to add some vegetables!

  4. Trying to understand why you need to add honey to this recipe when you already have orange marmelade and orange juice.

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