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Vegan Chinese Food: Mandarin Orange Crispy "Chicken" Fried Rice

Vegan Chinese Food: Mandarin Orange Crispy "Chicken" Fried Rice

By Kathypatalsky

This Mandarin Orange Chick’n Vegan Fried Rice bowl will have you thinking it is the real thing! This recipe takes the richness of sizzling fried rice and combines it with unique ingredients like cilantro, citrus and vegan orange chick’n. This vegan crispy chick’n from Gardein is one of my favorite ‘fake meat’ varieties. Combined with fried rice and a few veggies - this bowl is packed with fiber, protein and tons of crave-able flavor. Try this recipe!

I adore this product by Gardein. A few weeks ago I made a Vegan Mandarin Chick’n Salad with it. So delicious and savory-sweet. That crispy vegan chick’n is simply fantastic. Vegan or not, this is some tasty stuff. Check out my salad.

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Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n Vegan Fried Rice

with Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n


  • 3 cup cooked rice – any variety
  • 2-3 Tbsp safflower oil
  • 1 bag Gardein Crispy Mandarin Orange Chick’n
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cashews
  • optional: accent with mandarin orange slices (not shown)


1. Add 1 1/2 Tbsp safflower oil to a sauté pan. Add in the Gardein chick’n and prepare according to instructions on bag. Set cooked chick’n aside in a bowl with any excess sauce.

2. Keeping sauté pan hot, add in the additional 1 1/2 Tbsp of oil as well as the rice, onions, cashews, soy sauce, OJ, zest, garlic powder and a pinch of cilantro. Saute on med-high for a few minutes.

3. Turn heat to high and add in the sautéed crispy chicken and sauce. Fold together with the rice for another minute until sizzling hot.

4. Serve warm with plentiful amounts of chopped cilantro folded in and as garnish. Pepper to taste.