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Air Fryer Orange Chicken Recipe

Easy air fryer orange chicken recipe. How to make frozen Trader Joes or other brand in your air fryer basket, or use this homemade sauce.

Air Fryer Orange Chicken recipe

I bet you love these Panda Express bites huh? Well air fryer orange chicken comes out almost as good and it’s super fresh cooked in your own kitchen! Just one easy air fryer recipe we have on The Typical Mom. (affiliate links present)

We have made TONS of different air fryer dinner recipes, but this may be a favorite.

Yes you can make this simple Instant Pot orange chicken recipe, but it’s not crispy. This brings it to the next level of YUM.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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This is the brand that was used, but there are several out there. Most frozen brands are of a similar weight so they’d use the same timing. You may need to adjust by 2 or so minutes to get it just the way you want it.

Orange Chicken Air Fryer

  1. Bag of frozen orange chicken
  2. Air fryer basket and that is it!

If you want to make it a bit more homemade you can make your own sauce and use a bag of frozen popcorn chicken instead. Then toss together and serve on a bed of rice.

If you need a gluten free version this might be safer than bagged. Then you can adjust everything to your own needs, and make as spicy as you’d like too.

orange chicken air fryer

Homemade Orange Chicken Sauce

These are the ingredients you will need if you want to make this separately and then add it to your own protein.

  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp minced ginger and minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes are optional for a bit of heat

Bring ingredients to a slow rolling boiling over medium heat in a pot on the stovetop. Then whisk in 1 tbsp of corn starch and allow that to thicken.

Add in some zest from 1 orange to enhance orange flavor to your liking. Then make homemade popcorn chicken. Toss when the meat is cooked and crisped nicely.

OR just use the 3 ingredients for the sauce in our Crockpot orange chicken recipe.

trader joes orange chicken air fryer

This way is a lot easier because it already has the sauce and diced vegetables inside the bag.

Choose which direction you want to go, both are great.

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Air Fryer Orange Chicken

  1. Prepare

    Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. Spray basket with non stick spray. Add the chicken and other contents of bag into basket and close.

  2. Cook

    Then cook for 10 minutes or until heated through to your liking. Serve topped with sesame seeds and/or green onions with orange zest on top.

  3. Alternatives

    You could use air fryer frozen chicken nuggets and make your own sauce. Make homemade air fryer chicken tenders, or air fryer chicken tenders no breading and brush the orange sauce on.

Making homemade bite size crispy chicken pieces with chicken breasts and orange sauce will take an additional 20 minutes. I’ve provided both for you here in this post.

air fryer orange chicken

When you cook the chicken this way you’ll get that deep fried texture but without all the extra calories and fat.

We have lots of other Ninja air fryer recipes we love and make often, but here are a few you should try next:

If you want to use the sauce recipe in this post but use larger pieces, cook frozen chicken tenders in air fryer and brush that on as another idea. You can follow our air fryer sesame chicken directions for an all over homemade recipe. Print recipe below and enjoy.

orange chicken recipe

Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken Air Fryer

If you too love this store and buy it often, use these instructions too! Overall cook time is 9-12 minutes depending on the size of your pieces.

As you well know there is quite a variety when you used bagged. Smaller bits will get crispier while those big ones may take a bit longer. Just take the “bitties” out earlier and add another minute or two so they’re all perfect.

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Air Fryer Orange Chicken

Easy air fryer orange chicken recipe. How to make frozen Trader Joes or other brand in your air fryer basket, or use this homemade sauce.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword air fryer, frozen, homemade, ninja foodi, orange chicken, trader joes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 1 bag orange chicken frozen

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  • Spray basket with non stick spray. Pour contents of bag into basket and close.
  • Cook for 10 minutes or until heated through to your liking. As you well know there is quite a variety of chicken pieces when you used bagged. Smaller bits will get crispier while those big ones may take a bit longer
  • If your chicken and sauce is separate then just cook chicken for 10 shaking basket halfway through and pour sauce on when done.
  • * Homemade recipe you will air fry frozen popcorn chicken for about 8 minutes at 340 degrees F or until heated through, shaking basket halfway thru. Then make homemade sauce heating on stovetop until a rolling bowl, then pour on top and enjoy.
    Homemade sauce: 1 c. orange juice + 1/2 c granulated sugar + 2 tbsp rice vinegar + 1/4 tsp minced ginger + 1/4 tsp minced garlic + 2 tbsp soy sauce + 1/4 tsp garlic powder & red pepper flakes. Once boiling whisk in 1 tbsp cornstarch until thickened and zest from 1 orange to enhance orange flavor.

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Orange Chicken
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 1 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 1mg0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Barb Laskowski

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Hi Justine, I'm assuming that the Kung Pao Chicken from TJ's would be done the same way? Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

You know what, I have never bought that one but I would assume so. If the sauce is separate just warm that slightly in the microwave, use timing here for meat, shaking basket half way thru and toss with sauce at the end. lemme know!

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