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Chicken in Orange Sauce Recipe

Updated on June 12, 2013

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The bird is indeed the word for this bit of foodie 411. Chicken clucks its way across the road, trailing a whopping 27 grams of protein per 3 oz. serving in its wake. Naturally low in saturated fat, this feathered star of philosophy is heavy on vitamins B3 and B6, as well, and the selenium it provides helps maximize the absorption of the vitamins C & E, to boot. (plenty of the former in the delicious sauce we'll make today, too!)

The Results!


How to segment a fresh orange. This is included for those who wish to go "whole hog" and pare the oranges themselves.

The Ingredients:

Recipe in Rebus:

left to right, top to bottom, shallots, garlic & ginger prep - set aside
left to right, top to bottom, shallots, garlic & ginger prep - set aside
orange zest - set aside
orange zest - set aside
head over to cook the chicken -covered!
head over to cook the chicken -covered!
flippity doo dah - remove and set aside. reserve pan juices & oil
flippity doo dah - remove and set aside. reserve pan juices & oil
add shallots to the reserved juices & oil
add shallots to the reserved juices & oil
add ginger - simmer these 2 components for a few minutes
add ginger - simmer these 2 components for a few minutes
add garlic
add garlic
deglaze with brandy
deglaze with brandy
add flour - cook until an aroma of bready goodness emanates
add flour - cook until an aroma of bready goodness emanates
add orange juice
add orange juice
add stock
add stock
add cayenne
add cayenne
ad zest
ad zest
add bouillon
add bouillon
add mandarin slices - juice, too. mix well
add mandarin slices - juice, too. mix well
add pulled chicken
add pulled chicken
mix it up, and....
mix it up, and....

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: serves 4 ( 24 oz sauce )


  • 2 lbs chicken, bone in or out
  • 15 oz. Mandarin orange slices, in syrup --OR--
  • 2 lbs. oranges, peeled, sectioned and de-pithed
  • (see video for easy how-to) or skip this step and use canned
  • 2 cups NS chicken stock
  • ½ cup shallots, minced
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup brandy, or Gran Marnier
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • finger-sized ginger root, peeled & grated
  • 2 TBSP. olive oil
  • 2 TBSP. butter, or butter substitute
  • 2 TBSP. flour
  • 2 TBSP. orange zest, fresh is best
  • dash cayenne pepper, to taste

How to Do it:

  1. Grab your shallots, ginger and garlic. Peel all, mince and grate and set aside for now.
  2. Zest your oranges and also set aside.
  3. Head over to the stovetop, and cook the chicken in a combination of butter & oil. Remove and set aside.
  4. Using the same pan (with all those yummy juices) add shallots.
  5. Add ginger, too, and cook these 2 components for about 3 minutes.
  6. Add garlic. As soon as this starts to sizzle--->
  7. deglaze with brandy or Gran Marnier. Cook for a few minutes to burn off alcohol.
  8. Add flour & mix well. Cook for a minute or 2, until a "bready" aroma emanates from pan.
  9. Add orange juice.
  10. Add chicken stock.
  11. Add cayenne.
  12. Add orange zest.
  13. Add bouillon.
  14. Add oranges - syrup included. Note: I am horrible at removing the skin and pith from orange sections, so I cheat--and use canned Mandarin slices. Needless to say, if this is a skill YOU possess, please use fresh oranges instead. I have included a link for the more intrepid "parer" out there to a Youtube video that shows you how to do this--something that looks so simple, I'll be sure to try it myself next time.
  15. While this simmers, pull apart your cooked chicken into bite sized pieces. (ish)
  16. Add chicken pieces to sauce, and mix well.
  17. Serve over a bed of rice, cous-cous, or quinoa.

add a cous-cous side, some veggies and chopsticks--as desired..;)



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    • howcurecancer profile image


      5 years ago

      It looks delicious and easy to prepare!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This looks amazing and unique recipe, combining orange with chicken. I am sure it will come out really delicious. The pictures tell it all.

      Very well explained and well presented hub!

      Thanks for sharing!

    • CharronsChatter profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Cookie! Yes, the pictures are the real star of the show--I just tag along to arrange 'em...:) Thank you for the nice compliment, and I hope you give it a try sometime.

    • CharronsChatter profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Eddy...I just love your nickname...:) and what a coincidence! It sounds as if you are destined to try this dish, and I'd be curious to know how it "stacks up". Hope you are well, and spring is putting a bounce in your step! :)

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      Mmm wonderful recipe and last night we went for a Chinese meal and I decided to choose something different ;so I chose Chicken in Orange ;I hadn't noticed it before and today..........................!!!

      Will certainly be trying this one out. Enjoy your weekend Charrons.


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      Dil Vil 

      5 years ago from India

      This is looking simply awesome. The pic is making my mouth water. Step-by-step pics are making it easy to cook. Good recipe and thank you for sharing.

    • CharronsChatter profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Robiscoe 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you Krafty Kid! :)

      And for sure! (make the video, I mean) I have absolutely no yen to "go there" myself, and if you're equipped, more the better. Then I could link to you rather than this anonymous youtube video--nice though it is.

      I love ginger too, and it's so good for you. Its sweet, peppery taste seems to work with this, but I am no Top Chef. Any tips you have for good spices to add, I'd be interested to know!

    • kidscrafts profile image


      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      This looks just delicious Charron.... and I am sure that it is! I am not sure that I ever combined orange and ginger in any recipe. But I love the taste of both and I feel that it's a delicious combination.

      I combine lemon and ginger (among other ingredients ) for a salmon recipe and I love the taste of it!

      I might take you on your number 14th and make a video on how to skin and pit an orange ;-) Just kidding :-)

      Thanks for sharing a new recipe!

      Enjoy the rest of the week!

      Voted up, useful and deliciously awesome!

      PS : your recipe with the tomato sauce and wine, I prepare sometime a tomato sauce that way for a vegetarian moussaka... for my vegetarian son. When my garden tomatoes will be ready, I will try for sure your recipe!


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