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Crispy Orange Chicken

We enjoy these tangy Asian-inspired 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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  • 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!

  • Georgetta
    May 20, 2020

    Big hit! Added in chopped onion with the carrots; then steamed broccoli florets at the end; coating lightly with sauce.

  • BeckyJCarver
    Jul 31, 2019

    This is a wonderful fast dinner recipe with just enough of a kick. My son loved it

  • h8ppy
    Jun 14, 2019

    Made a triple batch for all my kids and grandkids. Great flavor. My family really loved it. I made fried rice with it. I did have problems getting the sauce to thicken. Maybe bc it was a large batch.

  • cindiak
    Jun 12, 2019

    I made my popcorn chicken from scratch and left out the hoisin sauce. I thought these were great.

  • Faye
    Oct 21, 2018

    Looks good

  • Becky
    Oct 19, 2018

    Followed the recipe with the exception of 1/4 cup of hoisin sauce and I used a pinch od red pepper flakes instead of the cayenne. I also thicken the sauce with a little cornstarch. It was great. My popcorn chicken stayed crispy...will definitely make again

  • Lisa
    Oct 8, 2018

    why can't the recipe be totally homemade? Popcorn chicken? I can't get that where I live...

  • Grammy Debbie
    Apr 18, 2018

    This was not our family's favorite. Like others said, we didn't care for the sauce. And, after being stirred into the sauce, the chicken was no longer crispy. I am glad I tried the recipe as it gave me ideas for future meals making a sauce on my own. On the positive side, it was easy to put together.

  • Linda
    Apr 18, 2018

    I loved this recipe, I will cook this over and over. I cut chicken into smaller pieces and floured them and cooked them in my new air fryer. Then made the orange sauce. Linda Q.