Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry

Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry – An EASY Asian stir fry with tender chicken, juicy oranges, and veggies!! Skip takeout and make this ONE skillet recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes and perfect for busy weeknights!!

Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry - An EASY Asian stir fry with tender chicken, juicy oranges, and veggies!! Skip takeout and make this ONE skillet recipe that's ready in 15 minutes and perfect for busy weeknights!!

When I was a kid I used to love mandarin oranges. I haven’t eaten many since childhood but this easy recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes brings back great memories.

Chicken is cooked in sesame oil before adding a bag of coleslaw mix which is just shredded cabbage and carrots. I love the convenience of the mix because it really helps get this Asian-inspired dish on the table in no time.

Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry - An EASY Asian stir fry with tender chicken, juicy oranges, and veggies!! Skip takeout and make this ONE skillet recipe that's ready in 15 minutes and perfect for busy weeknights!!

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Garlic, ginger, soy and hoisin sauces (available in your regular grocery store in the Asian aisle) are added before adding sugar snap peas, juicy mandarin oranges, and garnishing with green onions.

The sweet mandarin oranges perfectly counterbalance the savory flavors of the soy and hoisin and I love the crisp-tender crunch of the sugar snap peas. It reminds me of an orange version of this Sesame Mango Chicken.

Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry - An EASY Asian stir fry with tender chicken, juicy oranges, and veggies!! Skip takeout and make this ONE skillet recipe that's ready in 15 minutes and perfect for busy weeknights!!

The recipe is healthy, naturally gluten-free, and all the veggies keep you satisfied for a long time. The beauty of a stir fry is that you can toss in extra veggies that you have on hand.

You can skip takeout and make this family-friendly dish that both kids and adults will love. It’s perfect for busy weeknights when you’ve got to get dinner on the table in no time.

Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry - An EASY Asian stir fry with tender chicken, juicy oranges, and veggies!! Skip takeout and make this ONE skillet recipe that's ready in 15 minutes and perfect for busy weeknights!!

Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry

This easy Asian-inspired meal is ready in 15 minutes. Chicken is cooked in sesame oil before adding a bag of coleslaw mix which is just shredded cabbage and carrots. Garlic, ginger, soy and hoisin sauces (available in your regular grocery store in the Asian aisle) are added before adding sugar snap peas, juicy mandarin oranges, and garnishing with green onions. The recipe is healthy, naturally gluten-free, satisfying, and is a family-friendly dish that both kids and adults will love and is perfect for busy weeknights.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • about 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into small pieces
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • one 14 to 16-ounce bag coleslaw mix (shredded green cabbage and carrots)
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • about 1.5 to 2 cups sugar snap peas (snow pea pods may be substituted)
  • two 10.5-ounce cans mandarin oranges, drained (I use the ones in juice rather than in light syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon honey, optional and to taste
  • about 2 to 3 green onions sliced into thin rounds, for garnishing

Directions:

  1. To a large skillet add the oils, chicken, and cook over medium-high heat until done, about 5 minutes; flip chicken intermittently to ensure even cooking.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  3. Add the coleslaw mix (looks like a lot but wilts quickly), evenly drizzle the soy sauce (if you like your dishes on the ‘saucy’ side use 2/3 cup), hoisin sauce, add the pepper, stir to combine, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until cabbage is wilted and tender; stir intermittently. In the final two minutes of cooking the cabbage, add the sugar snap peas and cook until crisp-tender.
  4. Remove from the heat, add the oranges and stir to combine. Taste and optionally add the honey if desired.
  5. Evenly sprinkle with the green onions and serve immediately. Recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Adapted from Sesame Mango Chicken and Chicken Egg Roll Bowls

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12 comments on “Mandarin Orange Chicken Stir Fry”

  1. I probably haven’t had those little mandarin oranges since the 90’s..but as canned fruit goes they are good! I love your recipes with cole slaw mix–lots of options to change it up a little and this one sounds delicious too.

    • I hadn’t had them in about that long either :) I made this recipe in the summer right after some of the other cole slaw mix recipes and then held off on posting and it, and almost forgot about it :)

      • I am glad you ended up posting this recipe because I love it as much as the other 2 that use cole slaw mix (soooo convenient)!! I like the orange as much as the mango–the sesame and ginger go so well with both. These are so easy to do and always delicious!

      • I’m so glad you tried this one in addition to the other cole slaw mix recipes and that you have loved them all! Agreed – so convenient!

  2. This sounds amazing. We love this recipe!

  3. I wanted to love this, but it was WAY too salty. I even used liquid aminos instead of soy sauce, used only 2 tbsp of hoison sauce. Might give it a try again with less. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Everyone’s preference for salt varies and Asian-inspired dishes tend to run on the saltier side, in general.

      It sounds like you’re pretty sensitive to salt if just 2 tablespoons of hoisin in the entire recipe was too much for you. So definitely adjust things to your tastes. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  4. Added some red pepper flakes, served over rice. Delicious, husband said to make it again. Thanks for recipe.

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