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Skillet Orange Chicken with Herbed Orzo

Orange chicken just like you get at Panda Express with the flavorful addition of herbed orzo. It's SUPER-easy to throw together in one pan and so much lighter on the calories!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings



  • 1-1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-in cubes
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 lb hot orzo cooked according to package instructions
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Make the chicken: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the chicken, onions, and garlic in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  • In same skillet, whisk together orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, and ginger. Separately whisk vinegar and cornstarch. Bring orange mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, then quickly whisk in cornstarch mixture until smooth. Stir sauce occasionally until thickened.
  • Add chicken back to skillet and toss to coat. Keep chicken warm.
  • Make the orzo: In a small saucepan, melt butter then saute garlic until fragrant. Remove from heat and stir in herbs. Pour butter mixture over hot orzo and toss to coat. Season orzo with salt and pepper to taste and serve warm with orange chicken. Enjoy!