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Vegan Chicken Free Chinese Orange Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Living around the Asia area I had grown to love Orange Chicken as a child. We never ate meat in our home but we did eat chicken and fish. Now being vegan I no longer eat chicken or fish. But now and then I do love Chinese Orange Chicken. I have been experimenting with different way to recreate this dish for my vegan life style.

I have used in place of chicken seitan. This was nice but did not have the flavor I was looking for. I have also used tofu which turned out very nice but still was lacking the taste I wanted. Then one day in our markets here I found in the frozen food section a box of "Beyond Meat – Chicken Free Strips". I decided to purchase this after reading the label and found out that it was excellent for vegans.

I had to experiment with some of the other ingredients that are in an Orange Chicken recipe in order to make this for myself. One ingredient in Orange Chicken is honey. Well this one was not so hard to replace but my first two attempts I used agave nectar and molasses. The taste was nice but still did not taste like I remembered this one. My third attempt I used maple syrup and this seemed to be a better choice.

The next ingredient that was hard to eliminate was Teriyaki sauce. I saw on the internet how to make your own teriyaki sauce for vegans. I tried a few of them and yes they were nice but also took time to make these. One visit of a good friend to the islands brought a brand new alternative to teriyaki sauce. She was hooked on dark soy sauces and teriyaki sauces in her cooking. She came prepared with three bottles of Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce in her suitcase. I tried this and was immediately hooked on the flavor of this sauce. You can now enjoy Chinese Orange Chicken Vegan Style if you follow this recipe at home. It is outstanding and delicious and really worth the efforts to make this one.


1 Can Vegan Vegetable Broth

¾ Cup Wild Rice Rinsed – You may use white or brown rice

1 Cup Orange Juice – I fresh squeeze mine

2 Tablespoons Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Sauce

1 Teaspoon Cornstarch

1 ½ Teaspoon Maple Syrup

2 Cloves of Garlic Minced

Vegetable Non-stick Cooking Spray

¾ Pound "Beyond Meat Chicken Free Strips"

¼ Cup Dried Currants

2 ½ to 3 Cups Fresh Snow Peas

1 Orange – peeled and separated into segments

3 Teaspoons Grated Orange Peel – divided

3 Green Onions, Thinly Sliced Diagonally

1/3 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro


Combine the chicken broth and rice in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil on high heat. Once boiling reduces to a low simmer, cover the sauce pan, and cook for 45 to 50 minutes until rice is tender. When the rice is cooked turn off the fire and keep covered.. Keep the rice warm so that you can finish preparing the rest of your meal.

Blend orange juice, teriyaki sauce, cornstarch, maple syrup and garlic in a small bowl until smooth. Please note you will have to stir this again because cornstarch will settle to the bottom of your bowl.

In a wok spray the wok with non stick vegetable spray. Heat the wok until very hot on your stove top. Once hot add the Chicken Free Strips and cook. This should not take very long to prepare these. I normally only cook them for around 2 minutes.

Mix well your orange sauce before pouring it over your chicken free strips. Add the currants into the wok and bring to a rolling boil and cook uncovered for 3 minutes.

Add the orange segments, snow peas, and 1 ½ teaspoons orange peel. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes until heated through. Stir in your onions and cilantro. Heat for one minute

Service Instructions:

Serve over a bed of brown rice and sprinkle the remaining 1 ½ teaspoon of orange peel on top.

I hope you will try this at home. You may use tofu or seitan in place of the chicken free strips I have suggested to use in this recipe. Please try this at home I know you will not be disappointed in the results.

One dinner I had there was some friends who were not vegan. I decided to serve the recipe here for dinner. They could not tell the difference in the chicken. They all thought they were eating chicken this night for dinner. I never told them the difference. What did my Grandma use to say "What they don't know won't hurt them". So you see even if you have guest over for dinner you can still prepare a vegan meal and they will enjoy this so much.

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  1. Granny Smith
    Granny Smith
    This looks so good will have to try this one
    1. No Name
      I hope that you will try it and enjoy it very much
  2. Trinity Marron
    Trinity Marron
    very nice I will have to try this
    1. No Name
      thank you and hope that you will try it
  3. Theophile
    I love orange chicken this looks soooooo gooooooood
    1. No Name
      glad that you enjoy orange chicken and hope you will like this one
  4. Bernice
    This looks amazing and to think you can find a vegan chicken to use in this one. Thank you so much I will have to try this one as soon as I go shopping.
    1. No Name
      thank you and hope that you do try it
  5. SnakeWitch
    Nice recipe. This would be good with a lot of other things, too, from tofu to garbanzos to peanuts... voted! when you have the chance, come read my new post, What is Urban Sprawling?
    1. No Name
      Thank you so much. I will make sure that I come and read your new post. I think that the vote did not reguister on this one. Can you please check to make sure it was registered. I love reading your posts and will go there right now. Thank you so much. Yes you are right this can be made with a lot of different items and it is not just for chicken or this new chicken I have found. I made it with tofu before and it is very good with tofu
  6. kristo
    voted! I made something similar for a friend last night with soy based mock chicken:) If you love mock meats and seitan, you should visit Singapore or Malaysia because they are very easy to find and one can get quite fat with all the vegan options ;)
    1. No Name
      Thank you so much and yes I have been to Singapore and it was wonderful. I have a friend in Malaysia and they have been after me for a long time to go there might just take a trip next time I have to go to China it is not so far from there.
  7. Akanksha
    wow...this is new information!
    1. No Name
      Yes I just found them here in Tahiti I hope you can find them where you live. They are very good. Thank you so much
  8. Veganara
    Voted. It sounds amazing, like all your recipes How inventive. I wish we could get Beyond Meat over here imn Britain, I keep hearing about it. I expect it will make it to our shores at some point.
    1. No Name
      Thank you and I am glad that you liked this. I hope they will come to your shores soon they are very good and I was amazed at how people who were not vegan could not tell the difference when I made this.
  9. Julie Davis
    I want to try this one it looks good
  10. Scott Desmond
    I have just found this site. Wow amaaing. I am new to vegan and want to find more recipes to try. This one looks very good - voted for his and thank you so much for taking your time to share this with everyone
  11. Utsutsu
    "We never ate meat in our home but we did eat chicken and fish." I am very confused?


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