Costco is more than a grocery store to people. Regular customers will tell you that it’s a mandatory part of their life and how it keeps introducing them to new and amazing items. It’s the unexpected but great perks of Costco that have made a vast and loyal fanbase.
So, continuing with our Costco “stanning” series at Hipstafood, we have the Costco Orange Chicken from Crazy Cuisines. You’d want to stick to this article until the end because I, as a foodie, vouch for this product as the most reliable food item you’ll have in your fridge.
The Mandarin special dish has been gaining popularity in the Costco community ever since it was revealed via Costco Instagram. People quickly realized that this product offered them restaurant-quality chicken with a lot more convenience.
Now let’s get into the review and find out why it has become a favorite.
Disclaimer: The following review is based on individual experience and popular opinion. You might have a different taste preference.
Quick, convenient, and tasteful are the three words I’d describe the Costco orange chicken. Here are the main selling points:
A major plus point of the Costco Mandarin Orange Chicken is the quality of the meat. As you’ll read on the box as well, there are no steroids, antibiotics, or additional hormones in the chicken. If you don’t already know the long-term effects of these things in meat, I suggest you Google and scare yourself.
It’s nice to know that the brand you buy food from stocks quality food from brands that care about your health.
As for how it comes in the box, the chicken is battered and already flavored. It’s also from the rib section of the chicken, so it’ll go with anything that goes with boneless chicken. However, on occasion, you might find some pieces with really thick layers of batter and no, or a tiny amount of chicken.
Overall, when baked or fried, the battered chicken tastes really good – and that’s without adding the signature sauce.
The orange sauce is what really adds flavor to Costco Orange Chicken. You can easily say that the sauce carries all of the flavor – the dominant one. It’s sweet and sticky with some tanginess. Some might find it too bold, like an orange-flavored candy.
The good part is that you get to control the level of sweetness you want on your chicken. I’ll recommend that you don’t smother too much at first and work your way up to find the best-suited level for your tastebuds.
Quick to Make
The best thing about frozen foods is that they have explicit cooking directions and no room for errors. It comes prepared, and all you have to do is cook and serve. This becomes even better when you have the Costco Mandarin Orange Chicken in your grocery bag.
The convenience of this product is truly something you’ll appreciate, especially when you are in a hurry or have loads of people to serve. It’s also a great meal for your kid’s lunch.
Coming to the cooking part, compared to the 15-20 minutes bake time advertised on the box, it takes 30 to 35 minutes in the oven. At 200 degrees Celsius, the pieces are cooked to golden brown color and full crispiness.
After that, eat it just as it is, or try whatever combo you want with sweet crispy chicken. I recommend having a classic rice or noodles combo.
Unless you are a fresh organic food preferring kind of person, you’ll find the Costco Mandarin Orange Chicken relatively healthy. Not to say it is the healthiest frozen food at Costco, but it’s up there on the list. Besides, you aren’t most likely not going to have it every day.
As for nutrition, there are 380 calories and 21 grams of protein per 10 pieces. It does have a decent amount of carbohydrates, sugar, and sodium, but the protein makes it a great quick meal.
All the above qualities cost you only $13.69. That’s $3.32 per pound for prepared chicken and is competitively priced with regular chicken breasts. Plus, the product is Airfryer ready, so you end up saving oil while keeping it healthy.
Overall the Costco Orange Chicken is a great product on almost all levels. I can bet you’ll also come to the realization of having it as your standard quick meal.
It gets a Hipstafood rating of 7/10!
That’s all I have on the product. Do share your thoughts and recipes in the comments section if you have tried this product. Let others know of amazing variations you have come up with, and let the foodie family grow!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most common questions people have for orange chicken at Costco.
How do you cook orange chicken from Costco?
You can fry it in oil and bake it in an oven, but the best part is that you can air-fry it.
How much is Orange chicken at Costco?
The 4-pound box of orange chicken at Costco costs just under $14.
What temperature do you cook orange chicken at Costco?
For crispy brown chicken, you should cook it at 400 degrees fermentate (204 in Celcius) for around 30 to 35 minutes.
Is Costco orange chicken precooked?
It’s pre-prepared battered chicken that comes with a signature sauce. It is precooked and flashes frozen. You’ll have to bake or fry it before eating.
What is the best-frozen orange chicken?
The Crazy Cuisine Mandarin Orange Chicken is available at Costco is the most popular frozen orange chicken in the market.
How long do you air Fry Costco orange chicken?
You’ll have to air fry the chicken at 400°F (200°C) for about 8 to 10 minutes. After that, put on the sauce and heat it some more in the oven – max 2 to 3 minutes.
Is Bibigo Tempura Chicken the same as Crazy Cuisine Mandarin Orange Chicken?
The brands of orange chicken available at Costco are different and depend on the store location. Bibigo is another brand that has good orange chicken.