Spiced Mandarin Orange Chicken Recipe
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Spiced Mandarin Orange Chicken Recipe

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You'll want to add this jazzed-up chicken dish to your regular rotation of healthy poultry meals. The great orange and soy flavors meld perfectly with the herbs and spices. —Elizabeth Hackett, Tucson, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 318 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 633mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.


  1. Flatten chicken to 1/2-in. thickness. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves and pepper. Add chicken, one piece at a time, and shake to coat.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook chicken in oil and butter for 6-8 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, brown sugar and soy sauce. Remove chicken and keep warm. Add orange juice mixture to skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add oranges; heat through.
  4. Serve chicken with rice and orange sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Spiced Orange Chicken in Country Woman April/May 2009, p41

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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galinthewoods User ID: 3317961 99635
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"The soy sauce helps temper the sweetness."

apassburg User ID: 4627517 170565
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"SOOOOOO good!!!! I made stir-fry with this recipe using bite sized chicken pieces. After cooking the sauce, I stirred the chicken pieces back into the sauce with a bag of steamed stir fry vegitables and the oranges. Better than take-out!!!"

bygrace7 User ID: 6178302 170562
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"The blend of spices, juice, soy sauce and brown sugar make this recipe. The mandarin oranges top it all off! chicken-flavored rice or noodles are perfect sides."

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