Hoisin Orange Chicken Tenders

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Here’s a super easy, family friendly dinner recipe:  Hoisin Orange Chicken Tenders

Hoisin Orange Chicken Tenders recipe from RecipeGirl.com

I like working with chicken tenders because they’re easier to cut when eating… and they tend to stay more “tender” than full-sized chicken breasts.  In this recipe, the chicken tenders are quickly sauteed on each side, and then a simple sauce is added to coat the chicken.

Hoisin Orange Chicken Tenders Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

It’s perfect for serving the chicken over rice… with the sauce drizzled over all.  The broccoli is totally optional.  My son would tell you that it’s totally not necessary 🙂 🙂 (he doesn’t like broccoli!)

Hoisin Orange Chicken Tenders Recipe from RecipeGirl.com

Count this in as an easy, weeknight dinner recipe.  Kids will like it too, but go easy on the pepper flakes if the kiddos are weary of anything with a little bit of spice.  This isn’t a spicy dish, but picky kids will likely detect the small amount that there is.  Enjoy!

Hoisin Orange Chicken Tenders

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, sprinkled with salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, chopped finely or minced
  • zest from 1 medium orange
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • steamed rice, for serving (optional)
  1. Heat the oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook until golden- about 4 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side until cooked through- about 4 more minutes.  Remove the chicken to a plate and wrap with foil to keep warm.
  2. Add the garlic to the pan and cook 30 seconds.  Add the remaining ingredients to the pan; stir and bring to a boil; continue to stir and boil until the mixture is slightly thickened.
  3. Return the chicken to the skillet; spoon the sauce over the chicken to coat.  Serve chicken over rice, if desired, with sauce drizzled on top.
  • Nutritional information per serving (1/4 of the chicken/sauce- does not include rice):  calories: 250, fat: 5.6g, sat fat: .4g, cholesterol: 98mg, sodium: 327mg, potassium: 94mg, carbohydrates: 11.3g, fiber: .6g, sugar: 3.9g, protein: 38.4g
  • Weight Watchers Points:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 3, SmartPoints: 6, PointsPlus:  6, Old Program:  5
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com

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  • Brenda Zavacki wrote:

    This was so delicious! One of my favorite chicken recipes of all time! Thanks!

  • Cynthia C wrote:

    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome.  I used regular chicken breasts and just put them in the oven after browning to cook them through.  It tasted just like the orange chicken from Chinese restaurants without the unhealthy breading and frying.  Thank you so much for sharing this.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      so glad to hear!

  • Emily @ Life on Food wrote:

    Oh yummy! I can never have enough chicken recipes and this one sure does look delicious!

  • Liz wrote:

    Love this chicken tender recipe. Thank you.