Copycat Applebee's Crispy Orange Chicken Bowl

Copycat Applebee's Crispy Orange Chicken Bowl


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The crispy orange chicken bowl from the famous eatery Applebee's is one of their top-selling menu items Instead of heading out to get this at the restaurant, why not make a copycat version at home! We promise it tastes just like theirs!

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Time needed

30 min preparation + 30 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4-6 servings


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 lg. egg
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C. cornstarch
  • 1 add'l Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • frying oil (we prefer peanut)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice (without pulp)
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 C. sugar or sugar substitute
  • salt and pepper
  • stir-fry veggies
  • steamed rice

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Whisk egg, salt, pepper, and 1 Tbs. vegetable oil in a medium bowl. Cut chicken into 2-inch pieces and add to the egg mixture. 

In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and whole what flour. Add to the chicken mixture. Make sure each piece is coated well by tossing vigorously. 

Fry chicken at 375 degrees for 3-4 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels and place into an oven on the warm setting. 

Mix all the remaining ingredients (except the rice) in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and allow to cook for 3 minutes. Stir constantly. Pour glaze over cooked chicken and serve on a bed of rice.

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