Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  242
  • Protein  14 g
  • Carbohydrates  19 g
  • Fat  12 g
  • Cholesterol  37 mg
  • Sodium  340 mg
  • Potassium  240 mg
  • Phosphorus  118 mg
  • Calcium  30 mg
  • Fiber  0.4 g

Asian Orange Chicken

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian MaryGrace Phipps from California.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 1/4 recipe


  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger root
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 pound  boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Mince ginger root and garlic. Chop green onion.
  2. Pour 1-1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan and set over medium-high heat.  Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat, and cool 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Cut chicken into 1/2-in pieces and place into a resealable plastic bag. When contents of saucepan have cooled, pour 1 cup of sauce into bag.  Reserve the remaining sauce.  Seal the bag, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Place the marinated chicken into the skillet, and brown on both sides.  Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
  5. Wipe out the skillet, and add the sauce.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Mix together the cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup water; stir into the sauce.  Reduce heat to medium low, add the chicken pieces, and simmer, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Divide into 4 portions and serve hot.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
  • 1 fat
  • 1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Serve with steamed rice to complete the meal.
  • Turkey cutlets, chicken thigh meat or pork loin can be substituted for chicken breast.

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Asian Orange Chicken

memoryfedoruk says:


This was a fantastic and flavorful dish. I was short on time so skipped the marinating step and just cooked the chicken in the sauce, thickened when done. Added a cut up orange bell pepper and it was awesome. All in, took under an hour to make and we were sitting down to a great meal.

Nov. 15, 2014, 8:25 AM - Inappropriate review?

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colson72 says:


I am confused. I put in diabetic and this recipe calls for sugar?? Dietitian comment: Sugar is not forbidden in a diabetes diet. The total amount of carbohydrate (19 grams, 1 carbohydrate choice) is more important than the carbohydrate source. You could use a reduced-sugar brown sugar blend to reduce carbs to 12 grams or omit brown sugar from the recipe if lower carbohydrate desired.

Sep. 11, 2014, 10:35 AM - Inappropriate review?

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dialysisbound says:


too much sodium

May. 16, 2014, 6:44 AM - Inappropriate review?

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Christobal says:


I wish a could by some cooking books instead of using my pc. Where to by those books? Dietitian comment: Check the downloadable cooking collections on at

Sep. 05, 2013, 3:00 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Arkona says:


FABULOUS! I made this and due to time constraints, completely skipped the marinating part, just cooked the chicken in a little sauce, thickened the rest up separately and put it all together in the end. Served it with rice and veggies. My husband says he wants it every night from now on! Thanks for this recipe!

Apr. 19, 2013, 9:38 PM - Inappropriate review?

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melojas says:


This was a good recipe. I served it with low potassium veggies and rice. Tastes really good and lets you have the flavor of orange chicken from the Chinese food places without all the sodium. Wonder what it would do to the numbers if it was breaded chicken.

Mar. 15, 2012, 10:10 PM - Inappropriate review?

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TLJ911 says:


Yummy, but I felt like it needed something. I think next time I'll add some low potassium veggies, maybe some red peppers or something.

Feb. 28, 2012, 10:10 AM - Inappropriate review?

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MsFiles says:


This turned out to be a really tasty dinner for me. I have to reduce ingrediants because I am cooking for one.

Feb. 15, 2012, 7:03 PM - Inappropriate review?

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LPD3441_ says:


Very tasty---my family enjoyed this dish. FYI: the chicken should be well-drained before putting it in the skillet

Feb. 11, 2012, 7:12 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Sam says:


Just made this and I must say, Very Tasty! I will make this again. Probably not on a week night though it was pretty labor intensive.

Feb. 01, 2012, 5:30 PM - Inappropriate review?

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