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Crispy Orange Chicken

We enjoy these tangy nuggets so many ways—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


  • 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 zest
  • 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


  • Bake popcorn chicken according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots; cook and stir until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in orange zest, juice, hoisin sauce, sugar and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 4-6 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add chicken to skillet; toss to coat. Serve with rice.
Nutrition 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.

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  • cindiak
    Feb 26, 2021

    This is just as good as take-out. Will definitely be making this more often.

  • abashu
    Feb 25, 2021

    I like orange chicken but neither my husband or myself liked it enough to give it a higher rating.

  • bunny99
    Oct 22, 2020

    Simple and yummy! Added more cayenne since my family loves spice, but otherwise stayed true to the recipe.

  • Jamie
    Oct 8, 2020

    This recipe is so delicious!! I will definitely be making this often ??

  • Jill
    Aug 25, 2020

    Tastes just like takeout. You really taste the orange. I made half and used Morning Star Popcorn “chicken”. I didn’t have trouble reducing the sauce but I did use a wide, shallow skillet

  • jstowellsupermom
    Aug 14, 2020

    Loved this recipe!! Delicious. Quick and easy. I cooked the chicken in my air fryer. We added a little sriracha to spice it up a bit!

  • Leilana
    Jul 28, 2020

    Was okay. Not bad but not great. Won't make it again.

  • leanne
    Jul 25, 2020

    This was an easy quick and delicious meal. I had some trouble getting the sauce to thicken so I mixed 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch with a little cold water and added it to the sauce, which did the trick. Next time I probably won’t put in as much orange zest, if any, which I think will give it more of a sweet and sour flavor.

  • xxcskier
    Jul 21, 2020

    This was a huge hit at our house! My son especially loved this dish!

  • Marcia
    Jun 22, 2020

    Made this recipe recently and it was every bit as good as it claims. It's a keeper and I will definitely make it again. Just as good as Chinese take-out and pretty easy, too!