Orange Walnut Chicken
Total TimePrep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 30 min.
- 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 zest
- 2 to 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Hot cooked rice
- 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.
- Discard marinade from chicken. In a large skillet, cook chicken in remaining oil until a thermometer reads 170°.
- 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.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 chicken breast half : 559 calories, 30g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 640mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.
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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!
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!
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!
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.
Dec 30, 2008
I was able to use only one pan by sauteing the walnuts first & moving them to a paper plate, then adding the onions until cooked & moving them to a paper plate. Then I added the chicken as directed and followed the rest of the recipe adding the cooked onions and walnuts back in. Much less pans & plates to wash. the recipe was delicious!!! Thanks for the great recipe :-)
Feb 29, 2008
Thanks for this great recipe. I made it for guests and thought they would lick the plate. I am having more guests this weekend and my husband want the same dinner again. Did not have marmalade so used Peach jam instead and it was great. I also pounded the breast so they were about the same thickness, sauteed on a fairly high heat on each side to brown, then finished in a 300 oven. I also used a meat thermometer, believe it or not, to time them and they came out as probably the best ever. Thx again.