20-Minute Crispy Orange Chicken Recipe Tastes Like Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken by Donna John

Poultry Dinner
3 months ago
20-Minute Crispy Orange Chicken Recipe Tastes Like Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken

I like to keep a bag of Trader Joe's mandarin orange chicken in the freezer for busy nights. But being someone who likes to cook things from scratch I thought, how hard could it be to make something similar from fresh ingredients? Not hard at all!

This easy fried orange chicken recipe is crispy, juicy and has a sweet and flavorful sauce. You cook the chicken, heat up the sauce ingredients together and combine the two. This Asian recipe is on the table in about 20 minutes.

Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2



  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (you could use boneless chicken thighs)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Orange Sauce

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the chicken pieces into a bowl. Add the egg and mix well to coat. Add the cornstarch and flour. Mix well to coat. 
  2. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a skillet over medium heat (about 350 degrees F). Fry the chicken in batches until cooked through and golden brown. Remove to a paper towel.
  3. To make the orange sauce, combine the orange juice, sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, ground ginger and orange zest in a saucepot. Cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes. When it boils, mix together the cornstarch and water and pour into the sauce to thicken. 
  4. Put the chicken into a serving dish. Pour the sauce over the chicken and toss to coat.

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Donna John
Great recipe! Confession: I still keep a bag of Trader Joe's mandarin orange chicken in the freezer. It's good! But there's something about making it from scratch. :-) Hope everyone enjoys the recipe.
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
OMG, we love TJ's orange chicken. And I love that you recreated it on your own. Trying this recipe!

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