orange chicken tenders

Semi Homemade Orange Chicken Tenders

March 29, 2022 8 Comments

Take a major shortcut and have these semi homemade orange chicken tenders ready to eat in just 20 minutes.

Semi Homemade Orange Chicken Tenders

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

Recipes like semi homemade orange chicken tenders save my life during the week.

I’m usually busy rushing around with the kids and loaded with housework.

On days like that I need something fast and easy to put together for dinner.

That’s where these orange chicken tenders come in.

The best part about them is that they’re semi homemade.

Meaning some of it is made from scratch and some of it isn’t.

Using frozen chicken tenders as a short cut here is a huge time saver!

Once those are cooked all that’s left is the sauce which is super quick to make.

This recipe is a family favorite of ours.

The kids love these orange chicken tenders and I do too!

This sauce really goes perfectly on the crispy chicken.

I hope you give this one a try. I think you’ll love it if you do.

Oh and if you’re looking for a great recipe to serve along side these orange chicken tenders, my Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes would go perfectly.

Other weekday dinner ideas:

If you’re looking for some other delicious, fast and easy weekday dinners, here are some great recipes:

Do I have to use frozen chicken tenders for this recipe?

Absolutely not.

While I encourage the time saving of using the frozen chicken, you can use your own chicken tender recipe too!

If you’re in need of a great breaded chicken cutlet recipe I have a fantastic one HERE.

Can I make this orange chicken in the air fryer?

Yes, this recipe can be made in the air fryer.

Just make the chicken tenders according to the air frying directions on the package.

If there are no instructions for that, I’d say 375° for 10-12 minutes should do it.

air fryer

Once that’s done, follow the rest of recipe instructions to make the sauce and toss it together.

Can I use something besides chicken tenders?

You sure can.

There are options besides frozen tenders that can easily be used.

Here are a few great options:

Can I make these semi homemade orange chicken tenders spicy?

Yes, and it’s super easy.

If you like some heat to your food adding a little spice to this recipe is easy!

Try adding a little bit of sriracha to the sauce.

Taste it and add more if you’d like.

Hot pepper flakes always work too!

And they do make spicy bbq sauces. Keep an eye out for that.

Another great option is finding frozen spicy chicken tenders at your grocery store.

Or try using spicy breadcrumbs on your chicken if you’re making it homemade.

Can the orange marmalade be substituted?

Yes, and no. So kinda.

The only really suitable option to substitute the orange marmalade for would be apricot marmalade.

The flavors are comparable and would absolutely work here.

What sides should I serve with orange chicken?

Whatever you’d like! It’s completely up to you.

Here are a few ideas in case you need some inspiration:

  • Rice (I served mine with white rice this time)
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Side salad
  • Noodles

Semi homemade orange chicken tenders recipe video:

Semi homemade orange chicken tenders ingredients:


First, cook the chicken tenders according to the directions on the package.

Meanwhile in a small saucepan, combine the bbq sauce,


Soy sauce,

and sesame oil.

Now whisk it over medium high heat until everything is evenly combined.

Keep the sauce warm until the chicken tenders are ready to come out of the oven.

Then toss the tenders in the sauce.

Finally sprinkle the orange chicken tenders with some sesame seeds and you’re done! Serve them warm.

semi homemade orange chicken tenders

using frozen chicken tenders, this semi homemade orange chicken is so easy!
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: chicken tenders recipe, orange chicken, orange chicken tenders, semi homemade, semi homemade recipe


  • 2 pounds chicken strips, frozen
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 4 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sesame oil (optional)
  • sesame seeds (optional)


  • cook the chicken tenders according to the directions on the package.
  • while thats cooking, add the bbq sauce, marmalade, soy sauce and sesame oil (if you're using it) to a small sauce pan.
  • Whisk over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.
  • when the tenders are done cooking, toss them in the sauce.
  • sprinkle them with the sesame seeds if you are using them, serve well and enjoy!
Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Anonymous April 1, 2022 at 12:17 am

    This looks looks really good!

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