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Orange-Thyme Chicken in Garlic Sauce

The roasted garlic sauce in this recipe makes ordinary chicken breasts amazing. To switch things up, replace the orange juice and zest with lime. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 3 teaspoons dried thyme, divided
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon jarred roasted minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Orange slices, optional
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, optional


  • Place orange juice and 2 tablespoons thyme in an 8-in. square baking dish; add chicken. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from orange juice mixture; pat chicken dry. Reserve 1/3 cup marinade; discard remaining marinade.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook chicken 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Using tongs, remove chicken from pan, reserving butter in pan.
  • Stir in flour until blended. Cook 30-45 seconds, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Gradually stir in broth and reserved marinade. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in green onions, roasted garlic, orange zest and remaining minced thyme. Return chicken to pan; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, 4-5 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. If desired, serve with orange slices and thyme sprigs.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with about 1/4 cup sauce : 303 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 611mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • Sue
    Jul 25, 2020

    Looked wonderful and loved using thyme from my garden but at the end the results were bland. Although the chicken was super tender, the family voted for not making it again.

  • pattecake
    Jun 17, 2020

    Nice change of pace, but not exceptionally delicious.

  • tcarver
    Nov 2, 2018

    I agree with the previous review. It tasted very bland. It was edible but I won’t make it again. I even marinated the chicken overnight.

  • abashu
    May 24, 2017

    I was in a hurry which sometimes often has an effect on the final outcome. But there should still have been more of an orange taste to it.