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Crispy Orange Chicken

One of the ways we've tried to reduce our spending is by doing a lot less eating out. One of the things I really miss is Chinese food, so I've been looking for recipes to make at home.  I found Darlene B's Crispy Orange Chicken on the Taste of Home site. 


I haven't had any luck with the brands of popcorn chicken available at my store, they're usually mostly breading or uneven chunks that don't all bake up the same.  I prefer to buy the "Southern Style" chicken tenders and cut them into bite size pieces. 

I only made a few other very small changes.  Instead of the hot sauce I used crushed red pepper flakes, a nice big pinch. I also added a little bit of ginger powder. I'd prefer fresh ginger but my goal was to use pantry staples. 

I loved the natural sweetness of the carrots and the orange juice with the heat of the pepper flakes and warmth of the ginger. I served it over Jasmine rice.  It was even better than take out! Next up I plan on conquering another of my favorites to order, scallion pancakes!

Crispy Orange Chicken

Crispy Orange Chicken


  • 1 1/2 pounds southern style chicken strips (or make your own).
  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. Bake chicken according to package directions. Cut into bite sized pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add carrots; cook and stir until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  4. Stir in orange zest, juice, hoisin sauce, sugar and seasonings; bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 4-6 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Add chicken to skillet; toss to coat. Serve with rice.
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  1. Wow! Love this delicious and comforting flavors in this budget friendly meal!Great share!

  2. This orange chicken looks so good and I'm so excited because I have everything here at home to make it!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  3. What a great idea to use prepared chicken strips as a shortcut for orange chicken. I bet it's delicious!


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