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Copycat Applebee’s Crispy Orange Chicken Bowl

Copycat Applebee’s Crispy Orange Chicken Bowl

Breaded pieces of tender boneless chicken breast tossed in a sweet and tangy orange sauce, served over fresh stir-fried veggies and cilantro rice. Topped with green onions and toasted almonds.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine chinese
Servings 2 people
Calories 1181 kcal


  • 1/2 bag frozen breaded chicken bites
  • 2 tbsp oil peanut, olive, vegetable
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables broccoli, red pepper, onion, mushrooms - fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 3/4 cup cilantro stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 green onions diced
  • 2 tbsp toasted sliced almonds


  • Prepare chicken bites according to package directions
    – 16-20 min in oven at 400
    - 10 min in air fryer at 400
    1/2 bag frozen breaded chicken bites
  • Prepare Rice according to package directions 
    - I used minute rice – 1 cup rice, 1 cup water, 6 min in microwave
    2 cups cooked rice
  • After rice is ready – add lime juice and cilantro and toss
    1 lime, 3/4 cup cilantro
  • In a wok-style skillet, heat oil. Once oil is hot – add vegetables and stir fry for 5-7 minutes
    2 tbsp oil, 2 cups mixed vegetables
  • At the same time in a separate skillet – turn heat to medium and add two tbsp olive oil
    2 tbsp olive oil
  • Once second skillet is warmed (not on high – like a 6-7 of 10) – Add garlic for 1 minute (if the oil is too hot the garlic will burn).
    1 tsp minced garlic
  • Add orange rind, orange juice, hoisin, cayenne and sugar and bring to boil. Allow to boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens to your liking, stirring frequently.
    1 1/2 tsp grated orange zest, 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, dash cayenne pepper, 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • In a mixing bowl, add hot chicken – pour thickened sauce over chicken and toss to coat
  • In serving bowls, place 1 cup rice in each bowl. Top with orange chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with green onions and sliced almonds
    2-3 green onions, 2 tbsp toasted sliced almonds


Helpful Tips
  • I used frozen breaded chicken bites and Minute Rice to save time on this recipe
  • Fresh veggies and fresh fruit will make this recipe much more vibrant in color and taste
**We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 1181kcalCarbohydrates: 156.2gProtein: 31gFat: 50.4gSaturated Fat: 7.3gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 2331mgPotassium: 877mgFiber: 14.3gSugar: 54.1gCalcium: 180mgIron: 10mg
Keyword applebees, chicken
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