Gluten Free Grilled Orange Chicken Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on September 14, 2011

Gluten Free Recipes - Grilled Orange Chicken

You know how sometimes you are at the mall, famished from all the shopping and bag carrying, and you go to the food court and some enthusiastic teenager pushes a piece of orange chicken at you to taste? Yes? Well I have a confession – sometimes I really wish I could have a taste. I know it is fried and filled with gluten and probably about a thousand calories in just that one taste and that I shouldn’t want to taste it, but I do. I don’t taste it – I WANT to taste it!  After all, eating orange chicken used to be an integral part of my whole mall experience.

I kind of want to hurt that  guy for bringing up the idea of orange chicken to me in the first place. Here I was all set to have a nice healthy salad for lunch and now all I can think about is orange chicken. And so with some disappointment and resentment I eat a salad. And a gelato. And…well… never mind.

If you, like me, miss the taste of orange chicken at the mall you will be happy to know that you can make a much healthier grilled version very easily with the help of some honey and gluten-free Orange Sauce from San-J. With a little forethought, I can have this recipe mostly prepared and waiting in the fridge for me when I return from shopping and finish my mall experience at home.

Now if I could just get Nordstrom to open up a shoe store in my living room…

Gluten Free Recipes Grilled Orange Chicken

Gluten Free Grilled Orange Chicken Recipe


6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
½ cup San-J Orange Sauce
½ cup honey
2 teaspoons sesame seeds


Cut chicken into 1½ inch pieces. Combine the San-J Orange Sauce and honey and put half in a medium mixing bowl, reserve the rest for later. Add the chicken pieces to the bowl and toss to combine. Let chicken marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature or for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.  If you are marinating in the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature for 20 minutes before grilling.  If using wooden skewers, soak 4 in water for 20 minutes.  Pre-heat the grill to moderately high heat (450 degrees on a gas grill).

Divide chicken pieces onto 4 skewers allowing the chicken to touch but do not cram together. Brush grates of grill with oil.

Grill for 4 minutes with the lid to barbeque closed. Turn skewers over and grill another 4 minutes covered. Brush the reserved sauce onto the chicken and cook for another 2 minutes, turning several times, or until the chicken is cooked through but still juicy. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.


Serves 4

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Anita September 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I hope you get the Nordstrom in your house! In the meantime these look amazing.


Carol Kicinski September 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

Wouldn’t that just be amazing?!


CassidyS September 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

I love orange chicken – I’ll be making this! Thanks!


Carol Kicinski September 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

It is pretty yummy and so easy! Enjoy!


Joy September 15, 2011 at 9:08 am

I love Orange Chicken too! Can’t wait to try this.


Carol Kicinski September 15, 2011 at 9:14 am



Shirley @ gfe September 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

Gorgeous! Sometimes those ideas and memories “stir one up.” This recipe is a lovely way to get one’s orange chicken fix! ;-)



Carol Kicinski September 15, 2011 at 11:10 am

Thanks Shirley!


Alta September 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

I have not yet seen this San-J Orange Sauce. Love their teriyaki though. But now you have ME thinking about orange chicken! I’ll just have to whip up my own orange sauce…I do have OJ and San-J wheat-free tamari here in the house. And chicken. I know what’s for dinner!


Carol Kicinski September 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

There you go! Almost as easy too :) And just FYI they launched their grilling sauces recently and they should be showing up on grocery store shelves more and more. They are already on my local store shelves and I live in a fairly small town. Enjoy your orange chicken!


InTolerant Chef September 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

Wouldn’t you prefer tangerine chicken? :-) I would go for the gelato any day, but this recipe sure looks good.


Carol Kicinski September 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

Hmmm, now you have me thinking about tangerine chicken! I will have to try that.


Alisa Fleming September 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Amazing and simple! Love this Carol.


Carol Kicinski September 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Alisa!


Audrey J September 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I was all excited until I read the ingredients on the orange sauce. No soy for us!


Carol Kicinski September 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Oh no! Well, maybe you can make your own using Braggs liquid aminos instead of soy sauce?


Lynne H September 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

It sounds yummy!! It’s on my dinner list for the next week but I’ll use organic boneless chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins. Thanks for the recipe – it will be so easy to do after a busy day at work.


Carol Kicinski September 17, 2011 at 8:09 am

Thanks Lynne, the chicken breast will make it even lower in calories! ANd yes, it is soooo easy, perfect for after work.


Angie Halten September 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I love recipes with less than 5 ingredients!!!


Ali September 29, 2011 at 5:59 am

What a way to make chicken, simple yet still a delicacy. Can’t wait to try this. Nice photo


Carol Kicinski October 4, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thank you!


Maude August 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Again: a pre-made sauce is NOT cooking! You can’t possibly call yourselves a healthy cooking source when you are dumping processed, pre-made short cuts with unknown ingredients into your food and calling it cooking, or a recipe. Ugh


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