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Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken in the Air Fryer

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This Trader Joe’s air fryer orange chicken cooks up in less than 10 minutes and is perfectly crispy. Serve up trader joe’s mandarin orange chicken (it did make my list of 23 best Trader Joe’s frozen foods) with a side of rice and a vegetable like air fryer broccoli or easy haricot verts for a quick and healthy dinner. And when you’re up for it, try my homemade healthy orange chicken that’s made with a sticky, sweet orange glaze.

If you love quick and easy Asian-ish meals, try my asparagus and chicken stir fry, salmon rice bowl, or ground turkey stir fry next time.

Trader Joe's mandarin orange chicken in an air fryer

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What You’ll Love About Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken in the Air Fryer

  • Crispy chicken
  • Sweet orange flavor
  • Ready in 10 minutes
  • Convenient
  • Family friendly meal
  • Easy main dish, just need to add a carb and veggies
Bowl of Trader Joe's orange chicken air fryer

Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken Ingredients

Wondering about Trader Joe’s mandarin chicken ingredients? From the TJ’s website:

BATTERED CHICKEN DARK MEAT CHUNKS: (CHICKEN DARK MEAT, WATER, CORN STARCH, FLOUR [UNBLEACHED ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR, BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID], WHOLE EGGS, VEGETABLE OIL, SALT, WHITE PEPPER, GREEN ONION, GARLIC, GINGER)

SAUCE: (SUGAR, WATER, VINEGAR, LIGHT SOY SAUCE [SOYBEAN, WATER, SALT, WHEAT FLOUR], MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, DARK SOY SAUCE [SOYBEAN, WATER, STRAW MUSHROOM EXTRACTIVES, SALT, WHEAT FLOUR], GARLIC, GREEN ONIONS, GINGER, WHITE PEPPER, SAKE, MANDARIN ORANGE PEEL, ORANGE JUICE, RED CHILE), SOYBEAN OIL.

Orange Chicken Nutrition Facts

The full nutrition facts can be found on the website, but each 1 cup serving has:

  • 320 calories
  • 16 grams fat
  • 330 mg sodium
  • 24 grams total carbohydrate
  • 1 gram fiber
  • 6 grams sugar
  • 21 grams protein

How to Make Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken

If you’re wondering what the best way to cook Trader Joe’s orange chicken…you’ve found it! In the air fryer. Not only does it get nice and crispy, but it cooks in about half the time as cooking it in the oven would.

  • Preheat air fryer. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  • Cook mandarin chicken. Place Trader Joe’s orange chicken in a single layer into the air fryer basket and air fry for 8 minutes.
  • Add orange sauce. The package instructions call for heating the orange sauce packets in a skillet over medium heat and then tossing with the chicken to thicken it a bit.
  • Serve. Serve cooked chicken with orange sauce if you are serving it on the side, in a bowl over some rice, with a side of broccoli. Garnish with scallions, sesame seeds, and sweet chili sauce if desired.

Trader Joe's orange chicken in air fryer basket

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Trader Joe’s orange chicken good?

It’s one of the most popular items in Trader Joe’s freezer aisle for a reason! The Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken is a fan-favorite product. I think it makes an easy and tasty dinner. (Though I do like my homemade orange chicken sauce better!)

How do you fix Trader Joe’s orange chicken?

The package directions call to bake the chicken and then toss it in a skillet with the packets of orange sauce.

Is Trader Joe’s orange chicken fully cooked?

Yes, the chicken is fully cooked, so it technically just needs to be reheated.

How many people does the Trader Joe’s orange chicken serve?

It’s hard to answer this as appetites vary so much, but generally, I find the portions in Trader Joe’s frozen foods to be a lot smaller than what you might typically eat. So the orange chicken lists 5 servings, but I think 2-3 is a better estimate.

Storage Instructions

Store any leftover orange chicken in a glass storage container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat chicken pieces in the air fryer or a hot oven for best results. (Microwaving them won’t keep them crisp.)

Two bowls of Trader Joe's mandarin orange chicken  with rice bowls and broccoli

How to Serve Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

I served the orange sauce on the side, so that they could add the sauce if desired. The more opportunities we can give them to play a role in food and meals, the better!

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

What to Serve with Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken Recipe

I keep it really classic with rice and broccoli.

  • Rice – Use your favorite variety and make it fast and convenient with the frozen Trader Joe’s rice that needs just a minute or two in the microwave.
  • Vegetable – Sauteed snap peas, air fryer broccoli, or haricot verts.

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If you like this Trader Joe’s air fryer orange chicken recipe, you might also like some of these other easy Trader Joe’s recipes:

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Bowl of Trader Joe's orange chicken air fryer

Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken in the Air Fryer

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 23 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Description

Trader Joe’s air fryer orange chicken cooks up in half the time! Serve this fan-favorite with rice and broccoli for a quick meal. 


Ingredients

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  • 1 package Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken 
  • rice for serving 
  • broccoli for serving 

Instructions

  1. Prep rice and/or broccoli sides. 
  2. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F. 
  3. Place chicken pieces into air fryer basket in a single layer (you may have to cook in batches) and cook for 8 minutes. 
  4. Heat orange sauce packet in a large skillet and toss in chicken to coat. Let it cook for a minute, stirring, so that it thickens up and is glossy. 


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