So Easy Orange Chicken with Rice or Orzo

It’s time for my So Easy Orange Chicken with Rice or Orzo!!! This one is crazy easy and super yummy!!! We made it even easier than it looks…. be sure to read to directions before buying your ingredients!



  • 3 or 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour or cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce

Chicken prep:

Cut chicken into bite size pieces. In one bowl, beat 2 eggs. In the other bowl, put your flour or cornstarch. I use Pampered Chef’s Coatings Tray, which make it SOOO much easier! Dip pieces into the egg then coat with flour or cornstarch. Set aside on plate.

In a skillet, add a thin layer of oil and turn on to a medium or high heat. Once it sizzles, add your chicken to the skillet. Let it cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until it’s brown and cooked on the inside. Drain chicken on paper towel on a plate.

*** SUPER EASY METHOD – We chose to do it an even easier way by buying pre-breaded chicken tenders at Wal-Mart and tossing them in the oven on a sheet pan for 40 minutes. NO OIL! It’s all about easy prep!

Sauce prep:

In a sauce pan, add BBQ sauce, marmalade, and soy sauce. Turn the heat on low and let it simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

We also sauteed peppers and mushrooms on the side.

Cook your rice as usual. We used 1 pound of orzo since I am allergic to rice.  Bring a pan of water to a boil, add your orzo and cook for 10 minutes. Be sure to stir the orzo about a minute after you add it to the water or it will stick.

Bringing it all together:

Drain your rice or orzo. Lay down a layer of rice or orzo on each plate. Add your peppers and mushrooms to the orzo. Lay your chicken on top of the vegetables. Pour your orange sauce over the chicken and serve!

If you shortcut it and use pre-breaded chicken like we did, your total prep and cook time is about 40 minutes. Who needs take-out when you can make your own Orange Chicken with Rice or Orzo!

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