Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

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easy, quick orange chicken recipe

My Favorite Orange Chicken Recipe!

I love this orange chicken recipe for the usual reasons: super delicious, easy, and fast! Frozen breaded chicken is a nice shortcut and the flavorful, homemade sauce is easy and fast. So delicious that the whole family will love it!

breaded chicken tenderloins for easy orange chicken recipe

The frozen breaded chicken is such a handy shortcut for this kind of recipe! I usually use Tyson Panko Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins because it goes on sale every once in a while at Costco and it is delicious. (Also great for a quick chicken parmesan.) But any breaded chicken should work. I bet the Zaycon Premium Breaded Chicken Breast Fritters would be amazing in this recipe too!

To get the chicken extra crispy, try baking it on a wire grid cooling rack placed in a baking sheet. Then follow the cooking instructions on the chicken packaging for baking temperature and time.

easy orange chicken sauce recipe with fresh orange juice

I usually use 2 fresh oranges for this recipe. You will get enough orange zest from one orange, but probably not enough juice. So juice a second orange or use bottled fresh-squeezed orange juice to make up the difference.

easy orange sauce recipe for chicken

The orange sauce is amazing! Full of flavor – orange, a little sweet, and with some Asian flare. The best part is you can make it from scratch in less than 10 minutes! If you prefer more spice, you can try leaving out the cayenne pepper and adding about 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes instead.

Easy orange chicken recipe with homemade orange sauce

For the ginger, use fresh ginger grated or the ginger paste that can be found in most grocery stores near the fresh herbs. Both options are great! I like the paste because there is no grating necessary and it is so incredibly easy to use.

gourmet garden ginger paste

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Hope you give this orange chicken recipe a try and love it too! Note that nutrition info and cooking time will vary depending on the breaded chicken that you use.

Super easy chicken recipe with orange sauce

Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 4-5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen breaded chicken breast tenders
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger or ginger paste
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • pinch cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the chicken according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all sauce ingredients in a 12-inch skillet. Simmer, stirring often, until thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces and toss with sauce. Serve with cooked rice, if desired.

Recipe Adapted From: America's Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook

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