Orange Chicken for #SundaySupper

orange chicken plated
This week’s Sunday Supper is about all things citrus in celebration of National Oranges and Lemons Day. Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is our hostess this week and what great job she did putting this event together!
I cook often with citrus. A squirt of fresh lemon or orange brighten everything from soups to salad dressings. I also love fruit and meat together so it was tough to choose a recipe.
My Mom loved citrus and even planted lemon, orange and grapefruit seeds she saved from store bought fruit, into 5 gallon buckets. The seeds produced trees and lived for several years indoors but never produced fruit. I’d crush the leaves in my palm and sniff the wonderful scent.
There are lots of plants that mimic lemon but there is nothing like the real thing. As much as I love lemon chicken and will share my recipe sometime in the near future, today belongs to the oranges. Orange chicken to be specific.
Oranges add the right acidity to chicken. Brown mustard and horseradish balance out the sweetness of the canned oranges and syrup. A touch of red pepper and garlic and you have a killer, well-balanced chicken dish.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to visit with us at Sunday Supper. Enjoy! Happy Easter and Passover everyone!

Orange Chicken


  • 2 4-ounce chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 11-ounce can Mandarin Orange segments in light syrup, drain reserve juice
  • 1Tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • Method
    Season both sides of chicken with garlic, salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown both sides of chicken in oil.
    orange chicken skillet
    Spread top side of breasts with 1 Tablespoon mustard and sprinkle with pepper flakes. Add oranges and 1/4 cup syrup. Cover and simmer until chicken is thoroughly cooked and oranges and syrup reduce.
    While chicken cooks, make sauce combine orange juice, cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon mustard and horseradish in a 1-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
    Reduce heat and simmer until thick.
    Place chicken on plate. Top with glaze then sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and orange zest.

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58 Responses to Orange Chicken for #SundaySupper

  1. Bravo, Cindy. After reading your recipe, you’ve got this mostly vegetarian Ninja Baker craving orange chicken!

    Love your story about your mother planting seeds and you savoring the scent of the leaves…It’s those little things from childhood that mean so much, yes?

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  3. Renee says:

    My husband would be thrilled with this dish. He eats mandarin oranges from a can as a snack.
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  4. Oh YUM! I love that you used red pepper flakes and horseradish in your dish too. Talk about an explosion of flavors! Those, combined with the mandarin oranges for a little cool and sweet must make for some tasty chicken! Bravo. Great recipe!
    Happy #SundaySupper
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  7. I love that these are whole chicken breasts, and not cut up into little pieces! Love the citrus sauce!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Key Lime Biscotti with Key Lime Glaze ~ Citrus #SundaySupper!My Profile

  8. Cindy this chicken sounds great! I love oranges with chicken.
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  11. I enjoy this combination of flavors. Your chicken sounds amazing. I have never owned a citrus tree of any kind because we have always lived in cold climate areas. I hope to have a lemon tree some day.
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  15. Susan says:

    Great recipe, this reminds me of my mom’s orange chicken recipe. I think I need to get that from her!
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  17. Oh how interesting, I never thought to combine horseradish and orange, but I bet the citrus works well with the heat of the horseradish.
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  18. What a great recipe to use oranges when they’re not in season. So many people really don’t think to use canned or frozen fruits but they can be a great sub!
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  19. This sounds really good and easy to make! My husband would love this, so it’s going on the list for this week!

  20. Mmmm. I love orange with chicken!
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  21. Sarah says:

    Thats a delicious combination! My fam likes lemon chicken so I’m sure they’ll like this!
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  23. Katie says:

    This sounds like such a cool flavor combination! I am so intrigued by the mandarin oranges contrasted with mustard and horseradish…sounds cool!

  24. Kim Bee says:

    Great recipe Cindy. I love orange with chicken. It pairs beautifully. Happy Easter.
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  25. Amanda says:

    Looks awesome!!!

  26. Beautiful recipe. We have an orange tree in our back yard that your mother would love. We get so excited as soon as the oranges are ready. This recipe will be a bit hit at our home.

  27. Soni says:

    Your orange chicken looks delicious!I love citrus in chicken dishes and cannot wait to try this :)
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  28. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    Orange Chicken is one of my very favorite things, and I love your recipe! I’m so excited to try it, and will also be looking for your lemon chicken recipe in the future too! 😉

  29. Cindy, this dish is indeed killer – I love it! Much better than that horrible orange/lemon chicken from fast food Chinese places. I’d gobble this up in no time!
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  30. Stacy says:

    Love that orange glaze! And I completely agree that citrus juice brightens every dish. Just a little squeeze is perfect on most everything.
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  32. Sunithi says:

    Love that you used real oranges instead of orange marmalade which is what a lot of recipes call for. This looks and sounds amazing !!
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  35. This dish sound delicious, I always like adding a fruit to the savory recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday this week.

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