Easy Orange Chicken (4-ingredients)

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With this amazing Easy Orange Chicken Recipe, you’ll have a delicious Chinese dinner on the table in a snap! Make it an easy meal with chicken nuggets as the base with a simple homemade sweet orange glaze.

4-Ingredient Orange Chicken

Tired of takeout? Make your own takeout-worthy dinner at home with this super easy 4 Ingredient Orange Chicken recipe. Serve it over steamed rice and you have a perfect meal.

Orange chicken is a sweet and savory dish that became popular from the restaurant Panda Express. it’s an American adaptation of sweet and sour chicken.  This version is the easiest recipe you will ever make and just as good!

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The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need – (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

Frozen chicken nuggets – get a big bag because you’ll need 5 cups. The chicken nuggets will need to be cooked according to the package directions. You could also use chicken fingers if you prefer larger cuts.

Orange marmalade – find this with the rest of the jams and jellies in the grocery store. Any brand will work well.

BBQ sauce – any variety that you like will work, but a Kansas City-style sauce is a good choice. I know this ingredient might sound strange, but it blends so well with the other ingredients.

Soy sauce – to reduce the sodium you can use a low sodium soy sauce.

ingredients

How to Make Orange Chicken

In a medium microwave-safe mixing bowl, whisk together the orange marmalade, BBQ sauce, and soy sauce.

mixing up sauce in a clear bowl.

Heat in the microwave on high heat for 45 seconds, then whisk the sauce until smooth (there will be small chunks from the orange rind in the orange marmalade).

adding nuggets to the sauce.

Pour the sauce over the fully cooked chicken nuggets (be sure the nuggets are freshly cooked and hot) and toss to coat.

brushing orange glaze over the chicken nuggets.

Tips for the Best Orange Chicken

  • Spicy Orange Chicken – Want to heat this recipe up a bit? Try using spicy chicken nuggets or add hot sauce to the glaze. Make it as spicy as you like!
  • Other Meats: the orange sauce isn’t only great with chicken, but with other meats, too, such as pork, beef, fish fillets, and shrimp.
  • Thickness: If the sauce is way too thick for your liking, stir in orange juice to the thickness you prefer.
  • Garnish: Top the dish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. You can even add a few orange slices.
Easy Orange Chicken in a bowl.

Crock Pot Orange Chicken

You can also make this in the slow cooker and it turns out great! The only difference is we use chicken breasts and you’ll use chicken broth as an added ingredient.

1. Place 4 chicken breasts and 1 cup of chicken broth in the crock-pot and cook for 5 to 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high.

2. Drain and then add the sauce ingredients to the pot. Cook for 15-20 minutes.

3. Shred the chicken with a fork. Serve with rice. 

How to Serve:

Serve the orange chicken over steamed white or brown rice. It also goes well with steamed or stir-fried veggies. Rice is the best because it absorbs the sauce and the combination is perfect!

4 Ingredient Orange Chicken in a white bowl with rice and chopsticks.

How to Store Leftovers

Keep the leftover chicken in an airtight food storage container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave.

lifting a piece of chicken with chopsticks.

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Bourbon Chicken

Olive Garden Chicken Pasta

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Easy Orange Chicken Recipe Feature
5 from 16 votes

4 Ingredient Orange Chicken

With this amazing 4 Ingredient Orange Chicken recipe, you'll have a delicious dinner on the table in a snap! Make it an easy meal with chicken nuggets as the base with a simple homemade sweet orange glaze.
Servings: 6
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups frozen chicken nuggets cooked according to the package directions
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  • In a medium microwave-safe mixing bowl, whisk together the orange marmalade, BBQ sauce, and soy sauce. Heat in the microwave on high heat for 45 seconds, then whisk the sauce until smooth (there will be small chunks from the orange rind in the orange marmalade).
  • Pour the sauce over the fully cooked chicken nuggets (be sure the nuggets are freshly cooked and hot) and toss to coat.
  • Serve the orange chicken hot over steamed rice.

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32 comments on “Easy Orange Chicken (4-ingredients)”

  1. 5 stars
    Made this dish for the family. They absolutely loved it. Said it was better than what we got at the mall. My nephew who hates any kind of sauce and most food said “This was made by God”. And it was so easy. Thank you!!!

  2. 5 stars
    So much awesome flavor for such a simple recipe! I added steamed broccoli and sliced water chestnuts. Also used cut up boneless chicken thighs. The whole family LOVED it !

  3. 5 stars
    I’d probably do a half cup of the marmalade next time I make it because it does have a very intense orange flavor but it is D E L I C I O U S!!! Whole family loved it, even my 2 toddlers. Definitely adding it to our meal rotation.

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