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Many years ago, while working as a massage therapist and esthetician in a large day spa, my coworkers and I had a terrible habit of taking our dinner breaks at the nearby mall food court. Panda Express was a staple for us, especially their ever-popular crispy orange chicken. Despite how much energy we burned off during our regular working hours, the food was terrible for our waistlines, but oh, how comforting it was after a hectic day!
Nowadays, I still crave that crispy, crunchy outer layer surrounding the super tender chicken inside, with its tangy orange sauce, especially after a taxing day. This craving of course inspired me to experiment with my own Paleo version at home so I can completely skip out on having to make regrettable choices that only make me feel sluggish with a major case of brain fog. (Blech.) Turns out, I much prefer my own version! It’s a big hit in our house!
To achieve the crispy outer layer of the orange chicken, I use arrowroot starch to dredge my chicken in before frying it in a healthy oil, preferably avocado oil for its high smoke point, but coconut oil worked great for me, too!
For a complete meal, be sure to pair it with my delicious Cauliflower Fried Rice!