I had a major hankering for vegan orange chicken, but we all know its not exactly the healthiest thing on the planet! That’s why I made it a mission to make the cleanest vegan orange chicken recipe without soy, eggs, gluten, preservatives, fried oils, or refined sugars.
Is it seriously possible to make a recipe this clean and still be oh so naughty tasting? I’m here to tell ya YES!!!
This recipe is loaded with the same sweet and tangy robust flavors that makes orange “chicken” a total cheat food. But there’s no cheating here. Only divinely delicious & healthy food.
See the printable recipe below to try out this easy and delicious take on vegan orange chicken!
Baked Vegan Orange Chicken
Sweet, tangy, crunchy....This vegan orange chicken recipe will blow your mind! All while cutting out gluten, soy, refined sugars, and fried oils. Yeah...this is my kind of cheat!
Pre Heat Oven to 400F
Lightly oil a medium sized pan.
For the "Chicken"
Blend vegan egg powder (Have a Heart Brand) with 2 C of cold water in a high speed blender for 30 seconds. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
Place an entire box of Love Grown Original Power O's into a large Ziplock bag or food processor. Blend or roll out cereal into a panko flour.
Pour homemade panko flour into a medium bowl.
Pour grape seed oil into the bowl with the panko and stir until evenly mixed.
Take a medium head of cauliflower and de-stem it. Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces. Cutting the stems and breaking the cauliflower by hand into bite size pieces works the best.
Dip the cauliflower into the vegan egg mixture. Make sure it is evenly coated and lightly shake off extra egg so its not dripping. Then dip the cauliflower into the homemade panko. Roll cauliflower in panko until its evenly coated and gently set it into your baking pan.
Place battered cauliflower in the oven on the top rack. Bake for 20 mins. Then broil until golden (about 3-4 minutes on high).
While the cauliflower is baking go ahead and start the sauce! Add all sauce ingredients except for the arrowroot starch and 1 Tbsp of water into a medium pot.
In a separate cup or small bowl mix 1 Tbsp of cold water with 1 Tbsp of arrowroot starch. Then pour the mixture into the pot with the other ingredients.
Turn the heat onto high and stir continually until you reach a full bubbling boil. Remove heat and set aside.
Place baked orange chicken on an inset dish and sprinkle with chopped green onions.
Then pour orange sauce over the baked cauliflower. Its best if you use a sauce bottle to control the flow. Let set for 10 mins while the sauce soaks into the battered cauliflower. Serve.
For a crunchy orange chicken do not pour sauce over cauliflower. Place sauce in a bowl and dip baked cauliflower into the sauce.
I'm a nursing school dropout who decided not to spend my life treating 'the symptom' but instead, take a stand for what I believe in & fight 'the cause'. My name is Lisa & I'll be spending my life showing you how to build a healthy body one delicious meal at a time!