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How to make roasted orange chicken

Updated on April 12, 2017
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Nyesha loves writing about various topics on HubPages including cooking/recipes, restaurant reviews, movie reviews, weddings, and poetry.

Roasted Orange Chicken

This is a recipe hub that will discuss how to make roasted orange chicken, using a whole chicken not chicken in pieces. Experimenting in the kitchen is so much fun. When you cook you might find that you are very influenced by various dishes that you might have tasted in restaurants for example. If you love Orange Chicken from a Chinese restaurant but are looking for somewhat healthier alternatives, you can try imparting the citrus flavor when you cook at home. I enjoy cooking with orange, lemon and lime.

  • I already have a recipe for lemon pepper chicken wings in another one of my hubs.
  • I probably like cooking with lime most of all and you can look out for various recipes that I will write regarding cooking with lime and/or using lime as a garnish.
  • This particular recipe discusses cooking with orange.
  • It is amazing how delicious cooking with orange can be and how appealing it can look when presented on a table as a garnish.

Roasted orange chicken


What you will need

  • A large whole raw chicken for roasting
  • apple cider vinegar
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • parsley
  • paprika
  • red pepper flakes
  • 2-3 whole navel oranges, sliced (leave the orange peel on)
  • milk
  • flour
  • rice, to serve with the prepared chicken and sauce


  1. I cook a roasted chicken fairly frequently. For this particular dish, I use a lot of my standard spices as a rub on the cleaned raw chicken. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels after washing it. Rub a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar on to the chicken skin. Then sprinkle with various spices for lots of flavor.
  2. I recommend using a generous portion (1 tbspn) of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon parsley, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes on both the outside and in the cavity of the bird.
  3. If you have extra time, you can place the whole chicken in the fridge in a bowl covered with foil or saran wrap and let the seasonings set in for 1-2 hours or even overnight but I have cooked this with limited time by placing it directly into the oven after seasoning it and it still turned out great.

Place the whole raw chicken in the oven

4. Allow your oven to preheat a bit at 375 degrees and then place the chicken in a roasting pan and in the oven to cook.

  • A Perdue oven stuffer roaster can cook well within an hour and a half.
  • I like the meat to be very tender and practically falling off the bone when you slice it.

5. Half an hour into the cooking process, you should remove the chicken from the oven for the first time to baste it in its own juices.

  • You can use a glazing brush or just a spoon where you scoop up some of the drippings in the pan next to the chicken and pour it back over the chicken.

Creamy orange sauce for the roasted orange chicken

6. Next in how to make roasted orange chicken, you can take 2-3 large navel oranges, wash them and slice them to ready them for placing on the chicken.

7. The next half hour into the cooking process ( when a full hour of oven time has passed), remove the chicken from the oven again.

  • Squeeze some of the juice of the orange on to the chicken and arrange the remaining slices on top of the bird.
  • Take a tablespoon of enriched white flour and a 1/2 cup of milk and pour them right into the chicken drippings that are in the pan.
  • Stir.
  • This will thicken your sauce and naturally yield a gorgeous creamy orange color in addition to the orange flavor.

8. Place the roasting pan back in the oven for the chicken's last half hour of cooking time then turn of the oven, allow the chicken to cool for a few minutes and present it at the dining table.

  • This is delicious on a bed of white rice (or brown rice if you prefer it).


Please rate this roasted chicken recipe

5 stars from 2 ratings of Roasted Chicken with Orange Slices

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: 3 ounces per person for healthy portion control


What would be your favorite citrus flavor for chicken?

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Another orange glazed chicken recipe (from SaltonBite TV at YouTube)

Orange Chicken like that served in Chinese restaurants (from Yummies4Dummies on YouTube)

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 months ago from USA

      Suzan, Thanks very much!

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      Suzan 9 months ago from Ohio

      this looks soo yummy!! I wish I had more time to cook during the week. :-)

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 2 years ago from USA

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      You're very welcome. I'm glad that this roasted chicken with orange slices recipe is something new and different to you and that you would like to try it. Thanks so much for commenting. Thanks for the vote up as well!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is different and I haven't tried cooking chicken with orange slices. From the picture and instructions it looks interesting and delicious. I would definitely like to try it.

      Thanks for sharing the details! Voted up!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Iris, I'm so glad that you think this roasted chicken recipe & the roasted chicken photos look delicious. Thanks for taking the time to post this positive comment. I appreciate it!

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      That looks delicious. I'll be making that very soon!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Deborah, Thanks!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Yum! I'm pinning this.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 3 years ago from USA

      Hi moonlake, thank you very much!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      This sounds really good. I love chicken anytime. Voted up.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Peggy W, thank you so much!! I'll follow you on Pinterest. See you there. :)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds and looks delicious! Will be giving this a try soon. Gave it a 5 star rating, up votes and will pin to my fowl recipes board.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 4 years ago from USA

      You're welcome Vacation Trip and thanks for the vote up!

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      This looks simply mouth watering. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Hello, hello, you're welcome. Thanks for posting the nice comment.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Ohhhh that sounds and looks great. Thank you for sharing.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Awww, thanks Reflecting Pool. I think that calling me creative is one of the biggest compliments. It's what I strive to be.:-)

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      Reflecting Pool 6 years ago from The other side of the coop

      Nummmmm! Wish I was this creative.. but heck.. I have YOU to do it for me! Thanks Journey! (bookmarked it!!)

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks a lot puter_dr and PaperNotes!

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      that looks delicious! thanks for sharing recipe/instructions!

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      Mike Bouska 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Looks quite enticing