Mandarin Orange Chick’n Stir Fry

This dish was surprisingly delicious. I just finished it and even though it was a light meal it was very filling. Regular readers will know that I’m not a vegetarian but what I do is look for products that I can cook easily and for a fraction of the cost of what real chicken or beef costs. The price of food right now is insane. I can’t spend less than $100 weekly on groceries.

This recipe is great for people on a tight budget or who live alone.

Gardein Frozen Products

I’m a fan of the Gardein frozen meat alternative products. That’s a mouthful. This is the third item I’ve tried from them and it did not disappoint. If you’re a vegetarian but want something different – I highly recommend the Crispy Chick’n packs by Gardein. I am not affiliated with this brand it’s just something I am a new fan of.

This particular item has a tangy yet sweet flavour to it which reminded me of lemon or pineapple chicken that you can order in from restaurants. And the best part is I got it on sale for less than $6 CDN.

This recipe was easy to make and took less than 20 minutes all together. As usual, I used the package of bell peppers and onions that you can buy from PC Express. They are prewashed and precut for you which makes prep time super quick. The only thing I really needed to do was wash and cut the spinach into smaller bits. I usually leave the stems on with the spinach and just cut the leaves in half.

Let’s get cooking!


  • 1 package of Gardein mandarin chick’n nuggets
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 2 cups of bell peppers diced
  • 1 cup of red or purple onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Spices: salt, pepper, parsley


  • In a large skillet, heat a few drops of olive oil on medium high heat.
  • Add the frozen chick’n nuggets and onions and let cook for 5 minutes.
  • While the chick’n is cooking – thaw out the sauce package with hot water. I usually boil water with my kettle and use that.
  • Add the bell peppers and mix everything together. You can add your choice of spices here. I usually use salt, pepper, and parsley to top it off for pictures.
  • Pour on the sauce – you might not want to use the whole package as it is very sweet. Stir well with a wooden spoon. Cook for an additional 3 minutes or until the nuggets start to turn brown.
  • Add in the spinach last. Spinach wilts very quickly and doesn’t take more than a minute or two to cook. You don’t want to overcook the spinach which I often do in stir-fry recipes.
  • You’re almost done! Give the ingredients a good stir and cook for another minute or two. Or until the peppers are tender. Personally, I like them a little crunchy.
  • Voila. Remove from heat. Turn off the oven. You’re done!

Serving Suggestions

I was feeling lazy, as per usual and decided to eat this dish on its own. It was honestly very filling but not the point I felt sick after like I would with deli chicken. The sauce was a little too sweet so I think next time I would use only 3/4 of the package. For some reason the tangy orange taste reminded me of pineapple and I started craving pizza.

If you are cooking for two or a family of four, just double the recipe. You could also pair it with a side like brown rice or pasta. But it was great for me on its own. No leftovers sad to say! I will definitely make this again.

This meal is great for people trying to eat healthier and who want to cut back on meat intake. The nuggets were tasty and it felt like I was eating real chicken nuggets.


I think I’m going to treat myself to a serving of Cool Whip frozen whipped cream. Sometimes I pair that with some chocolate chips and it makes a sweet and satisfying but low carb snack. It’s what a lot of keto followers use. Even though I’m not keto, I do try and eat as many low carb foods as I can. Except for bread. Which is why I’m not keto.

Mandarin Gardein Nuggets


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