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Citrus Chicken and Rice Recipe

Bold-flavored ingredients are tempered by the taste of oranges, creating a mouthwatering dish that's guaranteed to impress.—Barbara Easton, N-Vancouver, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 medium oranges, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up and skin removed
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice


  • 1. Place oranges and green pepper in a 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Top with chicken. Combine the next seven ingredients; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken juices run clear. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 342 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein.

Reviews for Citrus Chicken and Rice

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AMANDALEEANN User ID: 6377446 94285
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"After reading the reviews, I peeled the oranges. This would be much better in a skillet, I think. The chicken just dried out entirely too much in the crockpot. I used pineapple juice instead of orange because it's what I had on hand, and a red pepper because of preference. I also thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 173603
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"Have not made this chicken in such a long, long time so it's time to again. Seem to recall peeling orange beforehand."

poetwife User ID: 1108657 175126
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"I read the reviews, I made it anyway... edible but not good. The chicken dried out, the orange rind was bitter. It's a waste of time and ingredients. I thought with Taste of Home's backing it couldn't be bad... IT WAS! I am disappointed in TOH!"

sarahrebecca817 User ID: 5374241 160720
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"We loved it. I peeled the oranges before cooking, and left everything else the exact way stated and it turned out great!"

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 175365
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"Citrus chicken turns out beautifully and tastes delicious. The only thing I do that is not in the recipe is I peel the oranges as I do not like the taste if the orange peel is in with the chicken while it cooks. It's a keeper and definitely going in my recipe box."

kbroaddrick User ID: 3940991 101816
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2009

"This recipe was awful. I thought it was going to be delicious, and it smelled really good, but when I opened up my crockpot it looked awful. Unfortunately it tasted just as bad as it looked. The sauce itself was pretty decent but everything else cooked poorly. If I ever made this again, I'd cook the sauce down in a pan, and saute the chicken on its own."

patco45 User ID: 1859327 101814
Reviewed May. 31, 2009

"I fixed this dish last week, it went together really easy, however I was undecided as to peel the oranges or not."

epauly User ID: 1085048 107612
Reviewed May. 14, 2009

"The directions were not clear as to whether or not to peel the oranges. Leaving the rinds on left a bitter taste in the sauce, which was quite tasty before cooking. After cooking, the flavor was disappointing with the bitter aftertaste. If I make it again, I will peel the oranges next time or use mandarin oranges as suggested above."

tcanfield User ID: 723381 175359
Reviewed May. 13, 2009

"I made this and it was delicious, used boneless breasts instead of whole chicken, and a can of mandarin oranges instead of fresh oranges. I served mine with brown rice."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.