I was craving something Asian-inspired and sticky to go along with a stir-fry I was making and so these tenders were born. Making these Soy Maple Tenders is really fast and easy. Just combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan and cook until thickened. Brown the tenders in a pan and then toss in the sauce and let cook until it becomes a glaze. That’s it.

Orange Soy Maple Sticky Tenders [Vegan]





  • 1/3 cup gluten-free, low-sodium tamari
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs. mirin or brown rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha hot sauce
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • 1-inch fresh grated ginger
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 package gluten-free homestyle tender vegan chicken strips
  • Scallion greens for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the tamari, maple syrup, brown rice vinegar, Sriracha, orange juice and zest (reserve some of the zest for garnish), ginger, garlic and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer until thickened.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and let it heat up. Place the tenders in the skillet and cook until browned on one side, about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the second side, another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat and pour the sauce over the tenders. Toss to coat the tenders in the sauce. Let cook until the sauce thickens into a glaze. Remove from the heat. Transfer the tenders onto a plate and garnish with the reserved orange zest and scallion (or kale) greens. Serve with your favorite stir-fry.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 2,580 | Total Carbs: 174 g | Total Fat: 126 g | Total Protein: 193 g | Total Sodium: 9,079 mg | Total Sugar: 77 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.