Simple Orange Chicken Freezer Meal Recipe

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Orange chicken freezer meal recipe

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This Orange Chicken Freezer Meal Recipe is an easy meal to make and throw in the freezer for another day.  It is also quick to prepare once pulling it out of the freezer and a family favorite!

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Preparing the Orange Chicken Freezer Meal:

You can do this freezer meal two different ways. You can either cook the chicken and mix together the sauce ingredients in a bag to be frozen and cooked later, OR you can cut up the raw chicken and freeze it with a bag of the sauce ingredients to be cooked right before you want it.


I personally prefer to cook the chicken first because it is quicker and easier to prepare when pulling the meal out of the freezer, which is exactly what we want. Quick and easy.

So, I will cook the chicken as directed in the recipe, cool it, and then place it in a Ziploc bag to freeze.  I will also assemble the ingredients for the sauce recipe (but not cook it) and store it in a sandwich size Ziploc bag. Then, I will put the sauce bag in the chicken bag and freeze them both together in one convenient packet. Easy.

Cooking the Frozen Orange Chicken:

When you pull the meal out of the freezer, it’s super easy to prepare:

  1. Place the frozen chicken on a cookie sheet and bake it at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated
  2. Place the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat stirring until it thickens
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Place chicken in a mixing bowl and mix the sauce in with it

When it comes to serving the orange chicken, I find it’s best served over rice, which is great, because rice is so easy to make (especially with a good rice cooker). It really fits the “quick and easy” vibe that we’re going for.

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Simple Orange Chicken Freezer Meal Recipe

5 / 5 (2 reviews)
Prep Time: 10-15 mins | Cook Time: 25-30 mins
Yield: 3.5 lbs | Serves: 4 servings


  • Vegetable Or Peanut Oil For Frying
  • Chicken
  • 4 whole Egg Whites
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 4 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs, Cut Into Bite Sized Pieces
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Packed Brown Sugar (OR White Sugar OR Honey)
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar (or Regular Distilled Vinegar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • Dash Of Salt
  • Dash Of Crushed Red Pepper, More To Taste
  • 1 clove Garlic, Pressed Or Minced
  • 2 teaspoons Minced Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch (additional)
  • Zest Of 1 Orange (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 whole Green Onions, Sliced


  1. Chicken

  2. Whisk together the cornstarch and egg whites with a fork in a bowl until almost frothy, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the chicken to the mixture and allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil registers 350 degrees F.
  5. In batches, carefully drop a few pieces of chicken into the oil (drop them in one by one to keep them from sticking together) and move it around, 2-3 minutes or until light golden.
  6. Let the pieces drain on a plate lined with paper towels for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Once the chicken has cooled, place in a freezer ziploc bag.
  8. Sauce

  9. Put the orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, salt, crushed red pepper, garlic and ginger (and orange zest, if using) and cornstarch a small bowl, mix well.
  10. To freeze put into a sandwich size ziploc bag.
  11. To Freeze

  12. Put cooked chicken in Ziploc freezer bag along with sauce packet and freeze.
  13. To Prepare

  14. Heat a nonstick skillet and whisk together Sauce ingredients and 1/4 cup water once they are thawed. Heat until bubbling and starting to thicken, about 3-4 minutes.
  15. Heat chicken in the oven at 350 until completely heated (usually 15-20 minutes).
  16. Coat the chicken with Orange Sauce.
  17. I usually just stir them together in a bowl to coat.
  18. Serve over rice.
Ingredients: Brown Sugar, Chicken, Egg, Orange Juice, Salt, Soy Sauce
Meal Type: Main Dish, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Oven, Stove Top

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