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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Spicy Orange Chicken

From: Mary/Grammy McCarthy (this dish is not hot spicy)
– 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (recently I’ve been cutting them into chunks before cooking and like how it comes out that way)
– 1/2 C flour
– 1/2 t. salt
– 1/2 t. pepper
– 3 T butter

– 2 T brown sugar
– 2 T vinegar
– 1 C orange juice
– 1 t. nutmeg
– 1 t. dried basil
– 1 small can mandarin oranges
– Jane Note: I add ground ginger as well. I also 1.5 X the sauce ingredients.

Combine flour, salt and pepper in bag. Shake chicken pieces until coated. Brown on both sides in butter in skillet over medium heat. Drain off fat.

Combine sauce ingredients (I usually 1 1/2 times the recipe for the sauce ingredients) and add to skillet. Cover and cimmer ~30 minutes or until tender. For a “sophisticated touch” add drained mandarin oranges and heat about 5 mins.

Note: cook chicken and sauce in covered skillet, but tip the cover a little to thicken sauce towards the end of cooking time. Bon appetit! This also freezes will if you make it ahead and save for “company” supper. XO Grammy


  1. 1

    made this tonight and it was fabulous! loved it, and will definitely make it a company dish. thanks!

  2. 2

    I am making this one for the third time. When I made it originally, it was the first new recipe that my husband requested again! Love it – thanks for sharing!

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m so glad it’s a repeat recipe for you! this is nate’s grandma’s recipe and it was his most favorite dinner for years and years. we love it too!

  3. 3

    This looks delicious! My husband LOVES orange chicken but I haven’t found a great recipe yet. I will have to surprise him with this one soon.

  4. 4

    I made this tonight. It was fantastic! I used cubed boneless, skinless thighs. I added the ginger, soy sauce, garlic and 1/2T of balsamic vinegar and doubled the recipe as you suggested. It thickened beautifully and tasted great over rice and green sweet peas. Thank you for this recipe – it will be a favorite from now on.

  5. I made this tonight and the family loved it. I will definitely be making this again. I added red pepper flakes to it to spice it up.

  6. 6

    I dip my browned chicken chunks in flour (spiced with salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic, etc.) then dip them in prepared jiffy corn bread mix, then, in crunched up corn flakes mixed with sesame seeds (spiced with salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic, etc.)

    Then I fry them in pan or small fryer. (on the rare occasions I fry foods for our family, this is a delicious treat.

  7. 7
    Kim 2

    I made orange chicken for the first time tonight. It was very good…..I think I’ll chunk the chicken breast up next time….the ones I used were very large and took a while to ccok.

    My husband LOVED this chicken. I served it with brown rice. He has the leftovers packed away in his glass storage container all ready to take to work for his lunch tomorrow!

    • Jane Maynard

      kim – I just updated the recipe because I HAVE been cutting the chicken into chunks like you suggested and I love it that way – the pieces get super tender and taste all buttery and delicious. 🙂 so, definitely give that a try – good thinking!

      and I’m so happy your husband loved it so much – yay!

  8. 8

    Silly to ask but orange juice.. are we talking about fresh orange juice, or packed ones? with / without concentrate…

    • Jane Maynard

      no question is silly! fresh or from concentrate is fine, but it should be mixed and in juice form if it’s from concentrate. hope that’s helpful!

  9. 9

    Making this tonight! :))) Can’t wait. How much ground ginger do you add to the sauce?

    Thanks Jane!!

  10. 10

    This is great, got it on the stove right now cooking, and white rice on the side cooking, Know its going to be really good, just found this site today and passed it on to a few other, to enjoy,

  11. 11

    It was great, Supper last night , lunch today and supper tonight, thats what you get for living alone, No one to share a wonderfull dish with,
    Will be making it again thats for sure,, for guest, you cannt fail with this one, ,And so easy to make, one pan, to wash later Thanks Jane

  12. Just made this for dinner, it was so good! Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe!

  13. 13

    I’m finally trying this tonight. It literally has been on my “going to try” for a couple years! What kind of vinegar do you use? I’m thinking apple cider.

    • Jane Maynard

      I always just use plain old white vinegar – let me know how you like the recipe!!! 🙂

  14. 14
    Kate B.

    Jane! Totally loved your island pork recipe the other day so I am back for another heavy hitter. A few families in my neighborhood (including mine) do meal share and after 8 months of cooking for 2 other families once/week I am running out of fresh material. Looks like it’s orange chicken this week! Thanks for the ideas!

    Tell Ivan hello for me! 🙂

  15. 15

    you say this is not spicy like hot spicy… how come you call it spicy chicken? I can not do spicy foods but my family likes it.

    • Jane Maynard

      that’s just what nate’s grandma has always called it – perhaps I need to rename it! it seriously is NOT SPICY AT ALL in terms of hotness…I think she calls it that because there is basil and nutmeg in it, which are spices…hope that’s helpful! 🙂

  16. 16

    Thank you that is helpful, I just wanted to make sure!

  17. 17

    Made this for dinner tonight and it just wasn’t our cup of tea. I have another orange chicken recipe that I swear by, but it’s more work… So I figured I’d give this one a shot..! I’m sorry to say that we did not like it. I’m glad others did, though!

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