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Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry with Green Beans

This Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry is an easy go-to weeknight dinner, and leftovers can easily be repurposed in a Thermos for stress-free lunch the next day.

how to make Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry recipe

Homemade Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry

Who doesn’t love a recipe you can make once and eat twice? Stir-fry is such a simple meal to make on even the busiest of weeknights. All you need is a favorite protein, veggies, and the right sauce. We love ours over brown rice (and those 90-second rice pouches are a live saver!)

This Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry recipe keeps things fresh and light with chicken breast, chopped green beans, and mandarin oranges. Simple and delicious!

Even better, it comes together in under 30 minutes and is perfect for school lunches. You can even customize it to better fit your family’s palette!

Tip: Save a few minutes on cooking time! Buy “steam in the bag” fresh Snipped Green Beans from Pero Family Farms. Packaged in a microwavable bag, cooking them in the microwave while preparing the chicken will make dinner even easier.

Key Ingredients

This Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry recipe may sound fancy or complicated, but it truly could not be simpler to cook and assemble. You only need 6 ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (diced)
  • ⅓ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 cups chopped Pero Family Farms® Snipped Green Beans
  • 2 Bee Sweet Citrus mandarins, peeled and segmented
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • Garnish with toasted or raw sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews, or sliced almonds; sliced green onion; or raw shredded carrots, if desired.
  • Optional: Pack with sugar snap peas, fresh berries, and whole grain crackers to complete this lunchbox meal!
how to make Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry recipe

How To Make Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry

This dish is super simple to throw together on a busy weeknight or for meal-prepping. It all comes together in 30 minutes or less!

  • Cook the Stir-Fry: First, heat the oil in a good-sized skillet over medium heat. Add the diced chicken breast once the oil is shiny, and cook for 5-7 minutes until it’s cooked through. Add the teriyaki sauce and green beans, and sauté for an additional 5 minutes, until the green beans are vibrant and tender.
  • Add the Oranges: Remove stir-fry from heat, add mandarin orange slices, and stir to combine.
  • Serve: Over brown rice, garnish as desired, and enjoy!

Variations

  • Prefer dark meat? Swap the chicken breasts for boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Just adjust cooking time to ensure they’re cooked through.
  • Kids not a fan of green beans? Swap for another veggie like broccoli, asparagus, bell pepper slices, shredded carrots, or sugar snap peas. Or combine for even more nutrition!
  • Out of brown rice? You could also serve over white rice, cauliflower rice, broccoli rice, or quinoa. Or turn this into Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad!
  • Want a different protein? This stir-fry would be delicious with shrimp, pork chops or tenderloin, firm-pressed tofu, or even without meat entirely and more veggies. It can easily be made vegan- or vegetarian-friendly!
  • Add Some Nuts and Seeds! Garnish with toasted or raw sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews, or sliced almonds

How To Keep Warm in a Thermos:

For best results, prep your thermos by adding boiling water to it while you heat the leftovers. Then, dump out the water, dry, and add leftovers. This will help keep them warm until lunchtime. Pack brown rice separately.

how to make Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry recipe

Storage, Freezing, and Reheating Instructions

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 4 days. Portion out into individual containers to easily grab and go as needed.
  • Freeze cooked and cooled leftovers or meal-prepped stir-fry in a freezer-safe, airtight container or plastic bag for up to 1 month.
  • Reheat thawed or chilled leftovers in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring halfway through, or in a skillet over medium-low heat until warmed through. Add a splash of chicken stock or water if dry.

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Mandarin Chicken Stir-fry with Green Beans

Mandarin Chicken Stir-fry with Green Beans

This Mandarin Chicken Stir-Fry is an easy go-to weeknight dinner and leftovers can easily be repurposed in a Thermos for stress-free lunch the next day.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • ⅓ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 cups chopped Pero Family Farms® Snipped Green Beans
  • 2 Bee Sweet Citrus mandarins, peeled, segmented
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook 5-7 minutes, or until cooked through. Add teriyaki sauce and green beans. Cook additional 5 minutes, or until green beans are tender. 
  2. Remove from heat, add oranges and stir to combine.
  3. Serve over rice.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 11gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 396mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 31g

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Amanda Keefer

Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.

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