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Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken (Air Fryer Frozen Orange Chicken)

Summer Yule
This Trader Joe’s orange chicken air fryer recipe makes deliciously crunchy orange chicken. Air fry frozen orange chicken in 12 minutes!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 533 kcal

Ingredients

  • 22 ounces Trader Joe's Frozen Orange Chicken (624 grams)
  • sesame seeds, chives, sliced scallions (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°F) for 5 minutes.
  • Fill a medium-sized bowl with warm water and put the frozen sauce packets in there. The sauce will thaw while the chicken cooks.
  • Spread the chicken out in a single layer on two heated air fryer baking trays. Put the trays back in the air fryer.
  • Air fry frozen orange chicken for 12 minutes at 400°F (200°C) in the preheated air fryer. Flip the chicken and switch the position of the trays in the air fryer oven halfway through cooking time (i.e., 6 minutes).
  • Check the chicken with a meat thermometer after cooking. It should have reached a safe minimum internal temp of 165°F (74°C).  Air fry some of the larger chicken pieces a little longer if needed.
  • Clip the thawed sauce packets and stir them into the air fried chicken. Garnish your air fryer Trader Joe's orange chicken if desired.

Notes


This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Is Trader Joe’s orange chicken healthy? I’m going to be totally honest here and say it’s not the best choice. This product is an ultra-processed food with that sweet and fat combo that can be difficult not to overeat. 
The bag of Trader Joe’s orange chicken states it contains 5 servings. IMVHO, it realistically serves more like 2-3, and the nutrition info I’ve provided reflects this. 
If you want a healthy orange chicken, I highly recommend checking out my homemade Air Fryer Orange Chicken recipe. It’s sweeter than Trader Joe’s version, but has no added sugar. Additionally, it has no refined grains, more chicken, and a (deliciously) more pronounced orange flavor. YUM 
If you don’t want to make orange chicken from scratch, there’s a few ways to make Trader Joe’s orange chicken better. First, I’d consider adding some fresh orange zest to the sauce to give the orange flavor a boost. (That’s a tip to improve flavor IMVHO, not so much nutrition.) 
Second, make sure to add some veggies to your plate. Trader Ming’s frozen orange chicken really isn’t meant to be a complete meal. Adding some high volume, low calorie veggies to your plate is a good way to help you feel full on a smaller portion of orange chicken. 
Third, you could consider adding less orange sauce to the chicken. Trader Joe’s orange sauce is mostly added sugar and added oil. Unfortunately, the breaded chicken tends to “suck up” a lot of the sauce, so it might not feel like enough if you use less. 
P.S. My yummy Air Fryer Orange Chicken is saucier than Trader Joe’s version, even when you use both sauce packets. I like to have enough sauce for the rice. :) 
  
Nutrition information is for one serving (one-third of the package of orange chicken and sauce). 

Nutrition

Calories: 533kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 35gFat: 26.7gSaturated Fat: 5.8gSodium: 550mgFiber: 2gVitamin C: 6.7% DVCalcium: 3% DVIron: 13% DV
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