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Vegan Orange Chicken in a white bowl with white rice.

Vegan Orange Chicken

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch & Dinner
  • Method: Oven/Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Vegan


This Vegan Orange Chicken is a plant based version of this Chinese takeout favorite! Easy to make, gluten free and the homemade sweet and sticky orange chicken sauce is packed with flavor! 



For the Cauliflower:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Orange Sauce:

  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For the Garnish:


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the cauliflower florets, avocado oil, salt and pepper to the baking sheet and toss until coated.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until just fork tender.
  4. While the cauliflower roasts start of the orange sauce by heating a medium to large deep sided skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add the orange juice, coconut aminos, agave syrup, apple cider vinegar, ground ginger, garlic powder, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and stir.
  6. Allow the sauce to reduce for 20 minutes at a simmer, stirring occasionally. *The sauce will start out very runny and will considerably thicken up to the point where you can see the separation when you pull a spatula through it.
  7. One the cauliflower is roasted, remove it from the oven and set aside.
  8. After reducing for 20 minutes, add the cauliflower to the thickened orange sauce and stir to coat.
  9. Serve over rice garnished with green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Keywords: vegan orange chicken, orange cauliflower, vegan orange cauliflower,

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