Glazed Orange Chicken In a Bowl

There are many ways to have chicken for dinner. You can have it grilled, fried, as a wing, shredded on a sandwich, or even cold cut in a salad. Another option is to have orange chicken, a bright, orange colored chicken dish that originates from southern central China. To make orange chicken, you marinate diced chicken in an orange sauce, bread and fry it, add more orange sauce, and then presto — you have yourself some quality orange chicken, perfect to be served alongside some sliced up scallions, and some rice of your choosing.

That is, of course, if you have the time to spend all that time marinating and preparing a home-cooked meal. For some people, time is a luxury, and when you don’t have a lot of time to spend cooking in a kitchen, the ability to quickly heat up a ready-prepared meal in the microwave or oven is a blessing in disguise. As the popularity of frozen foods has risen, so has the number of meal options. This is the same for frozen orange chicken meals, and there are numerous orange chicken meals to select from these days.

We want to help you figure out which orange chicken brand will give you an authentic, delicious taste, and leave you wanting more. To do this, we have compiled a list of different frozen orange chickens that are commonly found in stores, and ranked them from worst to best.

11. Smart Ones Flavorful Asian Inspirations Orange Sesame Chicken

Bowl of Smart Ones Flavorful Asian Inspirations Orange Sesame Chicken.

Orange chicken is not the healthiest way to eat your chicken — it’s fried chicken with orange sauce, after all. If you want some healthy chicken, you’re best going for something that is grilled. However, having a healthier choice when it comes to frozen chicken allows people who may have underlying health issues to still enjoy some variety in their dishes. With this, healthier options for frozen orange chicken meals have sprung up, and they are highly beneficial to those who are trying to watch their weight, but still also want a taste of some Chinese orange chicken.

Even if you are trying to pay attention to your health, we wouldn’t suggest trying Smart Ones Flavorful Asian Inspirations Orange Sesame Chicken. While this boxed dish sports 11 grams of protein, and brightly colored vegetables paired with brown rice and orange chicken, this product was severely lacking in the taste department. Reviews for this product aren’t all that great either, with Amazon buyers comparing it to soup, or saying that the chicken "is moderately flavorless and has a spongy texture." We did get something out of this, though: now, we can tell you that if you’re looking for frozen orange chicken meals that are also healthy, there are better options on this list.

10. Schwan’s Mandarin Orange Chicken

Bowl of Schwan's Orange Mandarin Chicken

The first thing that springs to mind when you think of food delivery is likely something like a pizza, or some other take-out food. Frozen food delivery is likely not even the second option that springs to mind, but believe us: it exists. Frozen food delivery services such as Schwan’s Home Delivery have been around since 1952, and have delivered frozen meals options to homes for almost 70 years now. They have numerous frozen foods to choose from, one being Schwan’s Mandarin Orange Chicken.

This frozen orange chicken is listed as not having any preservatives or artificial coloring, and ready to eat after being placed in an oven for less than a half hour. This sauce is also described as being made out of real mandarin oranges, suggesting the sauce should have a citrus-y taste to it. However, Orange chicken lovers who have tried this product are majorly disappointed by this chicken, with many reviews on Schwan’s website having multiple things to complain about regarding the chicken. From an overbearing ginger taste in the sauce to chicken pieces that are too little to properly enjoy, we won’t be trying orange chicken from Schwan’s again.

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