4 Ingredient Orange Chicken

4 Ingredient Orange Chicken Recipe

In our fast-paced lives, finding time to cook elaborate meals can be a challenge. This 4-Ingredient Orange Chicken recipe has been a lifesaver for me, and I can’t wait to share it with you. It all started one evening when I had an impromptu dinner with friends. We had just returned from a fun but exhausting day at the beach, and everyone was starving. I needed to whip up something quick yet delicious that would satisfy everyone’s hunger without keeping us away from the table for too long. That’s when this recipe came to the rescue.

Imagine juicy, crispy chicken nuggets coated in a tangy, sweet, and savory sauce that combines BBQ sauce, sweet orange marmalade, and a hint of soy sauce. The combination is simply irresistible. I love using Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce for its perfect blend of smoky and sweet flavors. Adding just a touch of sesame oil elevates the dish with a subtle nutty aroma, making it even more delightful.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity and versatility. It’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you want something delicious without spending hours in the kitchen. It’s also a great dish for kids and picky eaters, as the flavors are familiar yet exciting. Plus, it’s so easy to customize! You can add some steamed broccoli or bell peppers to the mix for an extra dose of veggies, or sprinkle some sesame seeds on top for added crunch.

This recipe is more than just a quick meal; it’s a go-to comfort food that brings back memories of laughter and good times with loved ones. I hope this recipe becomes a staple in your kitchen, bringing you the same joy and satisfaction it has brought to my family and friends.

How to Prepare the 4 Ingredient Orange Chicken

Ingredients

  • 5 cups precooked chicken nuggets
  • 1 cup sweet orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s recommended)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (optional)

Directions

Cook the chicken nuggets following the instructions on the package.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the BBQ sauce, orange marmalade, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Cover with a damp paper towel.

Microwave the sauce mixture for 45 seconds.

Toss the hot, crispy chicken nuggets with the warmed orange BBQ sauce until they are thoroughly coated.

FAQs:

Can I use homemade chicken nuggets for this recipe?

Yes, you can use homemade chicken nuggets instead of precooked ones. However, keep in mind that this will increase the total preparation and cooking time. Make sure your homemade nuggets are cooked until crispy before tossing them in the orange BBQ sauce.

What can I use as a substitute for orange marmalade?

If you don’t have orange marmalade, you can use apricot preserves or peach jam as a substitute. These alternatives will still provide a sweet and tangy flavor that complements the BBQ sauce and soy sauce.

Is the sesame oil necessary in this recipe?

No, the sesame oil is optional. It adds a hint of nutty flavor, but the dish will still taste delicious without it. If you prefer or need to avoid sesame oil, feel free to omit it from the recipe.

Can I prepare the sauce on the stovetop instead of the microwave?

Yes, you can prepare the sauce on the stovetop if you prefer. Simply combine the BBQ sauce, orange marmalade, soy sauce, and sesame oil in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is warmed through and well mixed.

How should I store leftover orange chicken?

Store any leftover orange chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, you can use the microwave or reheat the chicken in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through. This will help maintain the chicken’s crispiness.

 

4 Ingredient Orange Chicken Recipe

3 Ingredient Orange Chicken

Savor the sweet and tangy flavors of this easy 4-Ingredient Orange Chicken recipe, a family favorite for busy evenings.
Cook Time 1 minute
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
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Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups chicken nuggets precooked
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce we used Sweet Baby Ray's
  • 1 cup sweet orange marmalade
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil optional

Instructions
 

  • Cook the chicken nuggets according to the directions on the bag.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce, orange marmalade, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Cover the bowl with a damp paper towel.
  • Microwave the sauce mixture for 45 seconds.
  • Toss the hot, crispy chicken nuggets with the warmed orange BBQ sauce until well coated.
Keyword Chicken, Orange
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