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Sunshine Chicken

This recipe is great to serve for large groups because it can be easily doubled and takes little time or effort to prepare. Even my husband likes to make this chicken dish, and he usually hates to cook! —Karen Gardiner, Eutaw, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 to 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  • Combine curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper; rub over both sides of chicken. In a skillet, combine orange juice, rice, water, brown sugar, mustard and remaining salt. Add chicken pieces; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until chicken juices run clear, 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, until all liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 317 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 562mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch.

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  • sgronholz
    Mar 29, 2020

    My husband and I thought this recipe was great! I was looking for something quick and easy, and this was perfect. Other than cutting the recipe in half for the two of us, I made it as written. I will cut back a bit on the pepper next time, and look forward to making it again!

  • amygattuso
    Mar 19, 2020

    OJ and brown sugar made it a little too sweet but chicken was nice and tender

  • Wes
    Feb 11, 2020

    Great recipe! Family absolutely loved it

  • Ann
    Feb 6, 2020

    I made this a while back and it came up on my feed today. I agree with the previous review. The orange was over powering, the curry was very bland. There are much better dishes out there. I threw most of it out.

  • Panedina
    Feb 21, 2019

    We really like the flavor of curry, so I had high hopes for this recipe. In our opinion, the orange juice trumped any other flavors! If I make it again, I would exchange chicken broth for the orange juice and probably add more curry powder.

  • Kathiford
    Feb 12, 2019

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  • Tom
    Feb 8, 2019

    Pretty easy, tasted great.

  • Linda
    Feb 7, 2019

    I have made this chicken dish for decades. It is important not to overcook it as the chicken will become dry. I use boneless, skinless breast halves. I tried it with tenders and they were too small and overcooked. Fresh orange juice is best and I have added the juice of a small lemon or lime several times. My husband does not care for citrus flavored proteins, so I make it when I have guests. It is good very gently re-heated in order to keep the chicken tender. Curry can be adjusted for personal preferences.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 24, 2017

    This orange chicken is a pleasant change of pace for chicken!!

  • Nikki
    Jan 24, 2017

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