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Honey-Orange Chicken and Pasta

This dish is elegant enough for company and tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. With five children to keep up with, I look for recipes that are easy to prepare. They love this chicken and pasta meal, with its honey orange sauce. I use citrus fruits and juices often in cooking since citrus is plentiful here in Southern California.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, halved
  • Hot cooked linguine


  • In a large skillet, saute chicken in 2 tablespoons butter until chicken is no longer pink. Sprinkle with the salt, paprika and pepper. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, saute onion in remaining butter until tender.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, ginger, nutmeg, orange juice and honey; gradually pour over onion. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add olives and chicken. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until chicken is heated through. Serve with linguine.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 330 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 857mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • cee-jay
    Nov 1, 2014

    A neighbor served this recipe to us and we really enjoyed it. An added plus for DH is the lack of a red tomato base.Question: Is this a "Stand-Alone" type dish OR should a side dish be served with it? What should be served if a side dish is needed?

  • lurky27
    Mar 1, 2012

    This recipe is packed with flavor! We omitted the olives.~ Theresa

  • proud_mamma_050810
    Jan 15, 2011

    My oldest daughter (she is my picky eater) and i loved this recipe. although my husband and youngest daughter didnt care for it as much

  • mythyagain
    Nov 30, 2010

    Fairly quick and produces a sweet tasting pasta dish.

  • slug9000
    Jun 28, 2010

    I made this dish with rice instead of pasta, and I used tofu instead of chicken. It was delicious. I added a bit more black pepper, and a tiny amount of red pepper, to make it more spicy. I will definitely make it again. It was really easy to make, and very tasty!

  • Sascha18
    Feb 27, 2010

    I didn't think this recipe was anything special. It definitely had good flavor. I omitted the olives and the onions and added cashews to it. This will probably be a one time thing.

  • dkpadilla
    Nov 25, 2009

    My family enjoyed this dish; however, they did point out that they would prefer more sauce (I'll double the sauce next time). They also stated they would like to try it with rice instead of linguine. I was absolutely surprised that my kids liked it, 13, 14, and 15 year-olds. Will include this recipe on the monthly menu for our family.

  • jeannie1238
    May 17, 2009

    I made this tonight. It was easy to make. My husband and I loved it. I will be making this again.