Orange Walnut Chicken Recipe
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Orange Walnut Chicken Recipe

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For an impressive main dish that's not tricky to prepare, try this mouthwatering chicken.With orange juice concentrate, orange juice, lemon juice and marmalade, the pretty sauce has a zesty taste.—Moore TerryAnn, Vineland, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced, divided
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. In a small bowl, combine the orange juice concentrate, 4 tablespoons oil, soy sauce and garlic. Pour half of marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add the chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Discard marinade from chicken. In a large skillet, cook chicken in remaining oil until a meat thermometer reads 170°.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, saute walnuts in butter until lightly browned; remove and set aside. Set aside 1/4 cup green onions for garnish.
  4. Add remaining onions to saucepan; saute until tender. Add the next eight ingredients and reserved marinade. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Serve chicken with rice; top with sauce and garnish with reserved walnuts and onions. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Orange Walnut Chicken in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p25

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"Off the charts. The orange concentrate, citrus peel, and marmalade give this an intense orange flavor. I lightened up the calorie count with the following modifications. I reduced the soy sauce to one tablespoon, omitted the honey, sautéed the walnuts in the pan without butter, and reduced the marmalade to 1/4 cup. The extra sugar is uneccessary as the dish is bursting with flavor. This has too many steps for a weeknight meal, but will keep on rotation for the weekends. Outstanding."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"This was so good. For those of you who count calories it's about 572 per serving, not including the rice. It's a bit high but well worth it...just plan accordingly and you will enjoy a wonderful dinner!"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"I made this for my husband and I and we loved it. I cooked for a Civic group in my home town. They loved it! They asked what they had to do to get me to cook again! The walnuts and green onions are the perfect garnish! Makes a relatively simple recipe look like a fancy restaurant! Thanks so much. Yummy!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I didn't have time to marinade, but I did add that part to the sauce. I cut my chicken into chunks, dipped in a mixture of cornstarch and egg and fried. I used apricot preserves, but next time I'll use the marmalade. I think I won't use any of the lemon and just use orange. I really liked the combination of the walnuts and green onions with the sauce and chicken. Yum!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"I also liked this a lot. It's a great entree to serve in summer when you don't want to turn the oven on - very impressive! However, I just used the green onions as garnish at the end, as I don't think they do well cooked."

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