Delicious Orange Chicken Recipe
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Delicious Orange Chicken Recipe

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Orange slices add a refreshing twist to tender, juicy baked chicken-a wonderful meal for company. The appealing glaze coats the poultry with tangy sweetness. —Lorri Cleveland, Kingsville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (7 ounces each), skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium navel orange, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 255 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 757mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place chicken in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine butter, garlic, basil, salt and pepper; drizzle over chicken. Arrange onion and orange slices on top. Bake, uncovered, 50 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, orange juice and soy sauce until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Drain chicken; brush with orange juice mixture. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Delicious Orange Chicken in Country Woman February/March 2008, p30

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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grannygourmet User ID: 3148826 98947
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"This is an easy and elegant dish. I used boneless chicken breasts so reduced the cooking time to 25 minutes before the sauce and 15 minutes after."

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 82390
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"I think maybe I did something wrong. It was bad. not much orange taste"

kathykjk User ID: 458160 157938
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"My husband and I like spicy food, so I added a tablespoon of finely diced jalapeno peppers to the sauce... fantastic!"

nessienessa User ID: 4880384 109288
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"It really does taste like Orange. I use boneless breasts though and I also prefer to use Low-sodium soy sauce. The best thing about this recipe is that it looks like more work than it is. It is very easy and super flavorful. LOVE it."

Hawaiianmama User ID: 4855041 98946
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"Not only did this recipe bring the flavor of the orange through out the chicken, but the gravy was amazing I even had great reviews from the children who loved the additional orange slices with their dinner!"

jcpyburn User ID: 1417079 209357
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009

"This is wonderful! even the chicken without the orange sauce is excellent. I will say though that if you are planning to make the sauce ahead of time you will need more liquid because if it sits it becomes almost jelly like. Perfect consistency to brush over chicken if you use immediately after making sauce. This also has an asian flavor to it so it would work well with fried rice or another asian side dish!"

cheriswab User ID: 1541047 82379
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"This is the BEST chicken recipe I have ever made! My husband even loved it, shared it with coworkers who asked for the recipe. Very easy to make & the chicken was very flavorful & tender. Thank you"

cheriswab User ID: 1541047 135238
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"This is the BEST chicken recipe I have ever tried! My husband doesn't even like chicken & he loved it. I shared with family & friends, they all wanted the recipe. Very easy to make & the chicken was very flavorful & moist. My husband even told coworkers about it! Thank you."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2535370 78831
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

"If you use Skinless/Boneless Breasts it only tales 30 minutes and reduces the fat too."

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