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Delicious Orange Chicken Recipe

Delicious Orange Chicken Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Delicious Orange Chicken

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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."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

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

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!"

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."

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!"

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!"

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"

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."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2009

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

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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