Citrus Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

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Citrus brightens up the dinner table in this stress-free chicken dish from Janice Mitchell in Aurora, Colorado. With plenty of sauce, the healthy stir-fry tastes great over rice.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 3 large carrots, julienned
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sugar orange marmalade
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 229 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 562mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and orange juice until smooth; set aside. Combine the salt, ginger and pepper; sprinkle over chicken. Set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry carrots and onion in 1 teaspoon oil until crisp-tender. Remove and keep warm.
  3. In the same pan, stir-fry chicken in remaining oil until no longer pink. Stir in the marmalade, brown sugar and lemon juice until marmalade is dissolved.
  4. Return carrot mixture to the pan. Stir orange juice mixture; add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with rice if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Orange Chicken Stir-Fry in Light & Tasty October/November 2007, p27

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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bygrace7 User ID: 6178302 158644
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"My "go to" for stir fry with chicken. Very easy, economical. Also delicious using apricot preserves!"

RachelMotherof2 User ID: 2049484 135132
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"This was delicious! Will definitely be making again!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 65605
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"This is sorta quick and tasty. My family dislikes onions, so I omitted them. I used Splenda sweetened marmalade, which mutes the tanginess of the orange rind, so you may want to use Smucker's Simply Fruit marmalade for better flavor. My hubby added Japanese chili Peppers to his serving. He had seconds, so it's a dish I'll make repeatedly."

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