Easy Orange Chicken Recipe (Vegetarian)

There are days, more and more frequently, in this house, that I have little time to cook. That means I need quick meals that I can get on the table within 30 minutes of walking in the door. Dance, gymnastics, soccer, baseball, scouts… they all seem to happen just before or after our normal dinner time and it means our routine gets disrupted. I’ve been exploring more and more meatless options of late since my oldest has made the decision she’s not comfortable eating meat anymore, and to my surprise- the whole family has been enjoying it! Here’s an easy orange chicken recipe that takes little time to prepare, has few ingredients and was a HUGE hit with the family. I suppose I should say it’s an easy orange chik’n recipe!

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Easy Orange Chicken


1 tbsp. grated orange rind or zest (optional)
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. vegetable  broth
2 TBSP butter
1/2 c.  honey (we use local – good for allergies)
1 box Morningstar Farms Chik’n Nuggets (You can also use regular chicken if you don’t want to go meatless)
2 cups cooked rice


Prepare chicken and rice as directed.  While those are cooking, combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to boil for 1 minute.  Serve over chicken and rice.
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Easy Orange Chicken Recipe (Vegetarian)
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Brett
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Serves: 6
Vegetarian orange chicken recipe
  • Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange rind or zest (optional)
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1/2 c. vegetable broth
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 c. honey (we use local – good for allergies)
  • 1 box Morningstar Farms Chik’n Nuggets
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  1. Prepare chicken and rice as directed.
  2. While those are cooking, combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil for 1 minute.
  3. Serve over chicken and rice.



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18 comments… add one
  • We make a sausage pasta that is quick and easy!
  • This recipe is awesome! My little boy could eat this every day.
  • Between my daughters preschool and dance schedule, my husbands work schedule and my own work/school schedule I'm finding it increasingly difficult to find time to cook. and I'm so tired of the same old quick recipes.
  • I'm a vegetarian, but I'm sure my meat-loving friends would love this orange chicken! :)
    • Zoe- this is actually chik'n not chicken- my 8 year old is a vegetarian as well :)
  • Wow! That is certainly very fast!!
  • This is a great recipe! I love chicken and any food cooked with it. I guess this is a very healthy recipe as you included in your ingredients orange juice, vegetable broth, and honey. Maybe when I get to a store, then I will grab these ingredients and try this recipe myself. :)
  • I absolutely adore the orange chicken you get at Panda Express and have been looking for an easy recipe that I could make just like this one! It looks and sounds super delicious :) Thanks so much for sharing!!
  • Love how simple this recipe is. It sounds tasty!
  • this sounds great, I didn't realize it was vegan! I have heard great things about this brand.
  • This is just too yummy not to try and it is even vegetarian. I love Morning Star products and have some of these in the freezer so I can make it this week.
  • Sounds so tasty. I've really been wanting to try orange chicken lately! I wonder if I can try making this in a crockpot :)
  • This looks like a really yummy and easy recipe. My daughter would probably really like this since all she eats is chicken.
  • I love that you accomplished a vegetarian version of orange chicken, and it looks so delish.
  • This does look so easy! I have to have quick meals- we're so busy most nights!
  • "takes little time to prepare, has few ingredients" - sounds perfect to me! Thanks!
  • mmmm how yummy!! Can't wait to try it!
  • I'm definitely all about an easy meal on most nights. I'm usually pooped by dinnertime, so anything quick makes me happy!

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