Copycat Orange Chicken Recipe: A Shortcut Makes It So Easy (30 Minutes) by 30Seconds Food

Copycat Orange Chicken Recipe: A Shortcut Makes It So Easy (30 Minutes)

If you're a fan of orange chicken but think it's too much work, then we have great news for you. This copycat Panda Express® orange chicken recipe has a cool shortcut: frozen popcorn chicken. Why not use an ingredient that will save you some work, right? Bonus: kids love it!

This easy chicken recipe is so tasty, too! To make this simple orange chicken recipe you will need frozen popcorn chicken, vegetable oil, carrots, edamame, garlic, orange zest, orange juice, hoisin sauce and sugar. This delicious Asian chicken recipe is ready in only about 30 minutes!

Serve this quick dinner recipe on its own or over rice. Enjoy this fast-casual-restaurant-style meal in the comfort of your own home!

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Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Servings: 6


  • 16 ounces (1 bag) frozen popcorn chicken
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 carrots, julienned 
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame, thawed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

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Recipe Notes

  • If you'd like more heat, feel free to add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Cook the chicken according to package directions.
  2. While the chicken cooks, heat the oil in a skillet. Add the carrots and edamame, if using, and cook about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, if desired. 
  3. Add the zest, juice, hoisin sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Serve over rice, if desired. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 292

Total Fat: 9.2g

Saturated Fat: 1.6g

Cholesterol: 54mg

Sodium: 585mg

Total Carbohydrate: 28.8g

Dietary Fiber: 3.9g

Total Sugars: 7.4g

Protein: 25.7g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 55mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 165mg

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Donna John
I love this shortcut! One of my favorite meals is the frozen orange chicken from Trader Joe's, which starts with frozen chicken. Yum!
Elisa Schmitz
This sounds so easy and delicious - my favorite type of recipe. #yum
This looks yummy 🍚

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