Atkins Diet Recipes: Low Carb Chinese Orange Chicken

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In partnership with FaveDiets ( ) recipe site, I wanted to produce an original recipe that was developed out of a comment made on my buffalo wings about using diet orange soda instead of cola. I took that idea and thought about making orange chicken out of the idea. I am pretty pleased with the outcome, but if you aren’t a huge fan of spicy foods, you might want to back off the crushed red pepper amount. Note: even though the carbs are less than 3g per servings, this recipe as made is not Induction friendly, but I have provided the options on how to make it Induction friendly.

The chicken strips sans the orange sauce also make delicious meal too. I was almost tempted to make two separate videos because the chicken strips are that good, but I’ll likely just refer to this one in the future.

I hope you guys like this original creation.

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3 Large Chicken Breasts, cut into small pieces
2 eggs
1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Splendid Baking Mix
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1 can Diet Orange Soda (sweetened with Splenda or Stevia — one example – )
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
1 tsp Orange Peel, shredded

Serving Size: (makes 5-6 servings)
469 Calories, 25g Fat, 3g Carbs, 55g Protein

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(IF* = Induction Friendly – only if followed the listed substitutions)


40 Replies to “Atkins Diet Recipes: Low Carb Chinese Orange Chicken”

  1. Kent Altena

    Many people will see periods of time without losing weights. Weight loss is typically in spits and spurts all the way down. Are you still consuming or injecting insulin? Adding additional carbs is only going to typically make a diabetic situation worse. ADA believes that low carb is an effective lifestyle, so it may be time for a new nutritionist.

  2. Kent Altena

    First sorry, I got back to you late on my response. Also freeze the breaded chicken for 10-15 minutes before cooking them, Make sure the oil is really hot when you added the breaded chicken to it, and also make sure there is sufficient oil in the pan to cover the entire pan by 1/4", Don't add too much chicken to the pan to prevent the oil from cooling down.

    Ultimately I think your oil was too cool, and therefore your chicken didn't seal and rather got oily.

  3. prayerharvest

    Made this recipe last night! I used 3/4 t. orange extract and 1 t. Better Organic Stevia by NOW. (The only ingredient in this particular stevia product is *just* stevia, so it's very potent.) The sauce was great, but my chicken nuggets were disappointing. Fried them in coconut oil at a medium low temp in a stainless skillet, but all of the parmesan coating came off and fused to the bottom of the skillet. I'm in induction so I skipped the Splendid baking mix like you said. Suggestions? Thanks!

  4. prayerharvest

    Just went to Bragg's website and found that their liquid aminos (which are **awesome**, by the way) ARE gluten free! I've used them for years but never checked to see if they are GF. Great news! Never went back to soy sauce after I found aminos. Thought this info might help. Love your recipes!

  5. Traci Rutledge

    You seem to know alot about low carb dieting maybe you can help me. I have been on the diet since January 2013. I have lost 35 pounds. My problem is I go weeks with losing a pound. I am still on the Induction Phase. I am diabetic, my blood sugar can be 115 after my last meal, when I wake up in the morning my blood sugar will be 170. After I eat it will go back down. My diabetic nutritionist tells me to eat more carbs. She is not a believer of low carb dieting. Help

  6. Kent Altena

    Wheat is indeed used to make soy, so there may be some gluten in it. It is fermented, so it should be less impactful. A perfectly good alternative to soy sauce would coconut aminos, It has the same flavor and should work similarly for those very sensitive.

  7. Low Carb Gluten Free Momma

    I was so excited to find your videos! Good job! I am getting ready to start Gluten Free and Atkins combined due to Gluten Intolerance. I see you used Soy Sauce, I have heard that Soy Sauce contains gluten? Do you know of any substitutes that are gluten friendly?

  8. Kent Altena

    The trick with Xanthan gum is to use a little at a time (1/4 tsp or less), and to heat the mixture. It needs to dissolve in the heat for a minute or two before serving, but it is of course optional.

  9. Maura McKay

    Thank you. I'm very glad to find this video. A very low carb diet works for me to keep my diabetes under control, but I have really really been tempted to hit the Panda Express drive thru! For low carbers out West, Diet Shasta soda, including the orange, is made with sucralose (at least in my grocery store).

  10. Rachel Vickers

    With all the hype about how splenda is starting to be bad for you – is there anyway you could do the recipe with club soda, stevia (or other sweetner, like the liquid kind) and orange flavoring? 

  11. Species710

    You know how to make (and edit) a video. I never notice good videos until I watch a bad one, where they talk too much and can't talk and task at the same time too. I'd probably be terrible at making videos. I just wanted to say, in a long winded way, thanks for the recipe and your video style. 

  12. Species710

    Also, just a friendly FYI, it's way more toxic to the body. Sure, toxins are everywhere but one may as well avoid or limit, when one can. It's consider to cause cancer over a long period of time consuming it. But if nothing else, as Bowulf said, it isn't heat stable. 

  13. Kent Altena

    Two reasons for no aspartame in this recipe–
    The first and most important one is you can't cook with aspartame because it isn't heat stable. It will break down if you heat it too much and turn into a nasty chemical concoction with no sweetness.

    The second reason is Dr. Atkins cautioned it caused stalls in about 25% of his patients, so be careful in consuming it. If you do consume it, you are limited to 3 servings per day of any sweetener.

  14. 50hellkat2

    You can get splenda soda drinks at Walmart ? no name brand and Costco KIRKLAND BRAND but not sure about the orange flavour but will check. The thing about the pop in both places is that it is really cheap to buy. And has sucralose instead of aspertame.

  15. 50hellkat2

    Splendid baking mix is something I don't know if I can find where I am? Could you mix almonds and parmesan for a coating? Is it similar to this? Thanks again for all your good ideas.

  16. Kent Altena

    Thanks! I am certainly willing to give naysayers their say *if* they can do it in a respectful manner and it progresses the conversation a long. The conversation that something is garbage is simply a non-sequitar tossed out like a grenade to see the response. Thanks for watching!

  17. Rumar Ray

    Thank you for offering up your recipes and in such a decent respectful manner. I will definitely try this. As for the "nay sayers', out there, their opinions are just as worthy as ours, unfortunately they don't always know how to articulate them in a responsible or appropriate manner. Carry on, you ARE appreciated.

  18. Kent Altena

    If you can't find the orange soda with Splenda, you can use Cola instead and then use a teaspoon of orange extract. Another option would be the tangerine Diet Rite soda as well.

    In terms of the corn oil, my philosophy is to use it only in deep fry situations and not let it break down. The amount of corn oil consumed at that point is minimal. In shallow frying now, I use refined olive oil mostly. 

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