Dairy Farmers of Canada

Honey Orange Chicken

Serve this super-quick chicken dish over rice or whole wheat couscous with tender-crisp green beans and a few orange slices for a lovely meal.

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
Yields 4 servings
honey orange chicken


  • 1 orange
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) honey
  • 1 lb (450 g) boneless skinless chicken cut into 1/2 inch (1 cm) strips
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 35 % cream
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Finely grate 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of zest from orange; set aside. Squeeze out 1/2 cup (125 ml) juice. In a bowl, combine, orange juice, garlic and honey.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in a single layer. Add salt and pepper to taste. Brown chicken, turning once, for about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Pour orange juice mixture into pan and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits stuck to pan. Boil for about 3 min or until reduced by about half.

Return chicken to pan, discarding any accumulated juices, and stir to coat in sauce. Stir in orange zest and cream and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, for about 2 min or until chicken is no longer pink inside and sauce is slightly thickened.


Air-chilled chicken works best for this recipe so it browns nicely and gets a good flavour.

For the Adventurous: Add 1/4 tsp (1 mL) hot pepper flakes to the orange juice mixture. Sprinkle each serving with fresh basil.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 391 Calories
Protein: 28 g
Carbohydrate: 13 g
Fat: 25 g
Fibre: 1.8 g
Sodium: 285 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 7 % / 76 mg
Niacin: 58 %
Selenium: 82 %
Vitamin B6: 56 %
Vitamin C: 51 %