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Air Fryer Trader Joe's Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken

Trader Joe's Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken cooked in a dish

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Trader Joe's Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken in an Air Fryer

If you're a fan of convenience and deliciousness, you've probably tried Trader Joe's Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken. This popular frozen food item has a cult-like following, and for good reason. It's quick, easy, and incredibly tasty. But did you know that you can take your Mandarin Orange Chicken experience to a whole new level by cooking it in an air fryer?

In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the steps to achieve perfectly crispy and mouthwatering orange chicken that rivals your favorite takeout place.

Cooking Trader Joe's Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken in an Air Fryer

The Benefits of Using an Air Fryer

Air fryers have revolutionized the way we cook frozen foods. They use hot circulating air to cook and crisp up your favorite dishes without the need for excessive oil. When it comes to Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange Chicken, the air fryer takes it to the next level by giving you a delightful crunch on the outside while keeping the inside tender and flavorful.

What You'll Need

  • 22 ounces (624 g) of Trader Joe's Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken

  • Optional garnishes: chopped cilantro and/or green onion

  • Optional side: cooked rice to serve with chicken

Cooking Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your air fryer to 400°F/205°C. No need to use oil spray as the chicken already contains enough oil for a crispy finish.

  2. Place the frozen orange chicken in the air fryer basket, making sure to spread them out into a single even layer. This ensures even cooking and maximum crispiness.

  3. Air fry the chicken at 400°F/205°C for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, shake and flip the chicken pieces over to ensure all sides get crispy. Continue air frying for an additional 2-4 minutes or until the chicken is heated through and has a beautiful golden crispiness.

  4. While the chicken is cooking, you can prepare the orange sauce. Simply warm the sauce in the microwave for 1 minute or on the stovetop for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. This step saves you from having to wash an extra pot.

  5. Once the chicken is done, toss it with as much sauce as desired. The sauce adds a burst of sweet and tangy flavor to the crispy chicken.

  6. For an extra touch of freshness, garnish your orange chicken with chopped cilantro and/or green onion. Serve it on a bed of cooked rice for a complete meal.

Tips for Cooking Success

  • Ensure your frozen chicken pieces are in a single layer in the air fryer basket for even cooking.

  • Adjust cooking times according to your specific air fryer, as they may vary slightly.

  • Don't hesitate to use the microwave to heat the sauce—it's quick and efficient.

  • While the sauce is a great addition, the air-fried chicken nuggets are delicious on their own, with a perfectly seasoned and crunchy crust.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Trader Joe's Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken the same at all locations?

Yes, one of the great things about this product is its consistency. No matter which Trader Joe's store you purchase it from, you can expect the same size and quality.

Can I use other sauces with this orange chicken?

Absolutely! While Trader Joe's sauce is great, you can experiment with other sauces to suit your taste. Some popular alternatives include teriyaki sauce, ponzu sauce, BBQ sauce, honey mustard, chili crunch, chili oil, or other hot sauces. You have the freedom to get creative!

Can I serve it with something other than rice?

Certainly! You can enjoy your air-fried Mandarin Orange Chicken with fried rice, brown rice, or your favorite grain. The versatility of this dish allows you to customize it to your preferences.

In conclusion, cooking Trader Joe's Frozen Mandarin Orange Chicken in an air fryer is a game-changer. You'll be treated to a delightful blend of crispy goodness on the outside and tender chicken on the inside, all with the convenience of a quick and easy meal.

Whether you're a fan of the classic sauce or want to experiment with different flavors, this dish is sure to satisfy your taste buds. So, the next time you're craving some mouthwatering orange chicken, turn to your trusty air fryer for a hassle-free and delicious experience. Happy cooking!

For more delicious Chicken Recipes for your Air Fryer, head over to our Chicken Main Page.



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