Crispy Orange Chicken Recipe
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Crispy Orange Chicken Recipe

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These tangy Asian-inspired nuggets go a long way. We eat them over noodles or rice, in sandwiches, even on top of lettuce and cabbage. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 16 ounces frozen popcorn chicken (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without rice): 450 calories, 20g fat (3g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 1294mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. Bake popcorn chicken according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in orange peel, juice, hoisin sauce, sugar and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly.
  3. Add chicken to skillet; toss to coat. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Crispy Orange Chicken in Simple & Delicious August/September 2015

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Franks Kitchen User ID: 8957452 255694
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2016

"I suggest omitting hoisin sauce,cayenne pepper, orange peel and sugar, instead use orange marmalade , red pepper flake and ginger to give the dish that Asian heat. yum"

redhen1970 User ID: 4031186 250345
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2016

"Wonderful recipe!! I added a dash of ginger and an extra clove of garlic. So easy!"

DianeC23 User ID: 141506 236218
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2015

"This recipe was very easy to make, but my family strongly disliked it. The hoisin sauce overwhelmed the orange flavor. Apparently, my family just doesn't like that particular flavor of Asian cuisine. I did double the sauce, and would agree that 1.5 times is enough. 5 stars for being quick and easy, but a no-go on the flavor. If you like hoisin, this recipe would be a keeper, I'm sure."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 236110
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Very tasty. I loved how quickly dish came together, with minimal chopping as is involved with many Asian dishes. I followed others instructions and doubled the sauce. Probably 1.5 times the sauce would be about right."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 230565
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"Delicious recipe! Much more authentic than other orange chicken ones I've tried. This was my first time cooking with hoisin sauce and wasn't sure what to expect. But the tangy sauce combined very well with the orange flavoring. I forgot to buy white rice, so I made some couscous as a side dish, which complimented the chicken nicely."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 230340
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"I agree, needed more sauce (would double next time.) But overall, a fast and delicious meal. Great for a meal when you feel like takeout, but want to make yourself. Love the suggestion about using frozen stir fry vegetables, thanks! I had not bought popcorn chicken either, this was a first for me!"

vishous User ID: 5174726 229708
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2015

"Delicious! I never thought that I would be able to make something that tastes so good."

browns19fan User ID: 919833 228774
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2015

"I pared this recipe down for the two of us and we loved it but thought it needed more sauce. Next time I will leave the quantity of sauce as-is. I used frozen stir-fry vegetables instead of the carrots and served it over lo mein noodles. All in all, this dish is absolutely delicious.

Since we are empty-nesters without grandchildren I had never even heard of popcorn chicken. I was expecting something kid-friendly and bite-sized, but the chicken pieces were a great deal larger than that. I will look for a different brand."

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