Here’s a super easy, family friendly dinner recipe: Hoisin Orange Chicken Tenders.
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 sautéed on each side, and then a simple sauce is added to coat the chicken.
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!)
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!
If you happen to be following the Weight Watchers WW plan, you will find a link to the WW Points on the recipe card below.
Hoisin Orange Chicken Tenders
- 1½ pounds chicken tenders, sprinkled with salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 medium garlic cloves, chopped finely or minced
- 1 medium orange, zested
- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- ¼ cup hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon hot pepper flakes
- steamed rice, for serving (optional)
- 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.
- Add the garlic to the pan and cook 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan. Stir and bring to a boil; continue stirring and boil until the mixture is slightly thickened.
- 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.
Here are a few more recipes using chicken tenders you might enjoy:
- Creamy Salsa Chicken Tenders by Reluctant Entertainer
- Lemon Chicken Tenders by Hugs & Cookies
- Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders by RecipeBoy
- Bacon- Wrapped Barbecue Chicken Tenders by Baked by Rachel
Very delicious, had to substitute the hoisin with plum sauce.
After a long day, I whipped this up using boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut lengthwise into th
irds. I also dredged in flour, which helped brown them as well as
helping the sauce adher and thickening the sauce. I also used a Tbsp. of butter, which gave the sauce,a glossy sheen. Only recommendation is to make twice the amount,of sauce. Soooo good.
Not too sweet. Loved it. Will make again.
This was so delicious! One of my favorite chicken recipes of all time! Thanks!
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.
so glad to hear!
Oh yummy! I can never have enough chicken recipes and this one sure does look delicious!
Love this chicken tender recipe. Thank you.