Friday, August 9, 2013

Easy Orange Chicken dinner recipe

After too many disappointing Chinese take-out meals, my husband Scott & I decided we had enough. He did some online research and found a few recipes that we tested. This recipe for Orange Chicken & Fried Rice is one we tried, made a few changes, and now is a regular in our house.


We take a shortcut to make it an easy weeknight meal by using frozen breaded chicken nuggets or tenders. The following recipe makes 4 servings, and can easily be increased. To get the main part of the Orange Chicken & Fried Rice started you will need:

Frozen breaded chicken nuggets or tenders
2 cups Rice (white or brown)
Start by cooking the rice & chicken nuggets according to package directions. While the chicken & rice are cooking you can start the orange sauce.



Orange Sauce
1/2c water
juice & zest of one orange
1/4c lemon juice
1 tbs rice vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp ginger (we use powder, but fresh is good)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (or a dash of cayenne pepper)
1 tbs cornstarch

Mix all sauce ingredients thoroughly, then bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once it starts simmering, reduce heat & stir constantly until the sauce thickens. Turn heat to low.
By now the chicken & rice are probably done. Next step is to start the fried rice.

Fried Rice
Cooked Rice
1 cup Frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup Frozen shelled edamame
2 eggs, scrambled
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
In a large skillet or on a flatop griddle pan, start by cooking the frozen mixed vegetables & edamame over medium heat with either a pat of butter or coconut oil. Add the rice, then sprinkle with the soy sauce & brown sugar, stir well. Push the rice & veg off to one side of the pan, then start frying the eggs (add black pepper if desired). When the eggs are done, mix with the rice & veg.


Right before serving, toss the chicken nuggets in the orange sauce to coat & serve over a bed of fried rice. Or, if you prefer, you can spoon the orange sauce over the fried rice & chicken.


I hope your family enjoys this easy, tasty meal as much as our family does!


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31 comments:

  1. Looks great! Thank you for sharing.
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  2. OHHHH Goodness this looks freaking amazing! Thanks for following I'm following back.

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  3. I don't usually like rice...but this looks really good!
    Debbi
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    1. its really tasty. we've substituted quinoa for the rice before and its just as good!

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  4. Looks really good to me! Thanks for linking up with Your Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party!

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  5. Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

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  6. Oooh! This looks super easy but with lots of flavor! My kind of dinner! Plus my boys would love it. Thanks for sharing this!!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

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  7. I love orange chicken! We always have it when we go to the mall. Definitely like the idea of making it yourself. Sometimes, when I tastes something I like, I try to go home and duplicate it. Love this recipe!

    Sharon
    Make It Or Fix It Yourself!

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    1. I like the taste of this even better than the restaurant or take-out orange chicken we've had. We learned its super easy to make most of the sauces at home. Hope you enjoy it!

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  8. this looks really good!love this orange sauce and will try it soon...
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  9. Wow! I love this. Seems so simple and doable. We love Chinese foods but aren't willing to pay the high price. Plus the ingredients will work for our food allergies.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! We plan on posting a few other favorite Chinese recipes soon. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Wow. This is gold. Simple and fast. This is such a college student recipe, thank you!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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  12. Delish! I love the orange chicken at Panda Express!!

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  13. This looks so easy I'm pinning for a future dinner. Thanks for linking up at the Wondering Brain Blog Hop!

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

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  14. Orange anything is a favorite of mine but I really love orange chicken and rice. Great recipe!! The gang over at My Personal Accent, we would like to invite you to party with us starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party. Share your creative ideas, recipes, and any other family friendly content . If you have a giveaway or contest you’d like to promote, feel free to post it on our giveaway page. Come on over and show us what you’ve got! http://www.mypersonalaccent.com/the-blog-strut-peacock-style-6/

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  15. This recipe looks delish! but I was wondering if you could use regular vinegar instead of rice vinegar? does it really make a difference in flavor?

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    1. Regular white vinegar would work fine, we've used it before. There isn't a lot of a difference in this recipe.

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  16. Great recipe!!Thank you so much for sharing & linking up at Thank You Honey's Whatever Wednesday Party!!

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  19. Wonderful blog & good post.Its really helpful for me, awaiting for more new post. Keep Blogging!
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