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Ginger Orange Chicken Recipe

Ginger and orange chicken

I love this simple but delicious ginger orange chicken recipe.

It has very few ingredients and they are probably things you already keep in your freezer or pantry.

I love to have easy dinner recipes like this orange ginger chicken in my weeknight dinner repertoire. It is so quick and easy to put together. Then you just pop it into a preheated oven and put together a few simple side dishes while it bakes.

There are no difficult instructions to explain here.

All you do is mix a bit of frozen orange juice concentrate (that you have thawed) with a bit of soy sauce. Add some powdered ginger for that wonderful ginger flavor, stir it and use it to baste your chicken breasts while they cook.

Season the chicken with salt to your taste before you bake it, but remember that soy sauce can be pretty salty, so go easy on the salt.

The recipe calls for chicken breasts and you can use either bone in breasts or boneless. It’s up to you. Many people prefer bone in breasts because they stay a bit moister, but boneless breasts are super convenient and cook quickly. So take your pick. Just adjust the cooking time if you need to as the bone in breasts will take just a bit longer to fully cook.

Although this recipe calls for chicken breasts, feel free to substitute chicken thighs, legs or a mix of all of them. Chicken thighs have lots of flavor and I often use the thighs instead of breasts in recipes that call for chicken pieces.

Whatever type of chicken pieces you decide to use, I recommend using skinless chicken for this recipe. The sauce flavors the meat much more easily if it doesn’t have to penetrate both the skin and the chicken. You will notice a real difference using skinless chicken pieces.

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page how the recipe worked for you and ways you may have changed it.

Ginger and orange chicken

Ginger Orange Chicken Recipe

An easy chicken recipe with orange, soy and ginger basting sauce.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 287 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate , thawed
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 4 chicken breasts

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Combine the orange juice, soy sauce, salt, pepper and ginger.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a shallow baking pan and brush them generously with the orange, soy and ginger mixture. If you have the time, let them sit for 20 minutes before baking to marinate the breasts a bit. If not, just pop them in the oven.
  • Bake at 350°F, basting frequently with the orange sauce, until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes. Use up all of that lovely sauce to baste the chicken.

Notes

Cooking time will depend somewhat on the size of the breasts and whether you are using bone in breasts or boneless. Bone in pieces will take a bit longer to cook through.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 49gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 603mgPotassium: 957mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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Makes 4 servings.

This easy chicken recipe would go well with so many things. I’d serve it with a large salad topped with orange sections and a side of steamed asparagus or green beans.

If you want a starchy side to go with this healthy dinner recipe, I’d make some rice. Or, if you are watching your carb count, how about cauliflower rice speckled with lemon or orange zest? That would be delicious with this easy chicken recipe.

This recipe serves 4 but can very easily be multiplied to serve as many as you need.

For Gluten Free eaters: If you absolutely need this recipe to be gluten free, just make sure the soy sauce you use is gluten free. Some are not.

Have a look at our other orange chicken recipe here on the site. It’s just a bit different than this one and is topped with sliced almonds.

If you love citrus, you’ll find our orange, lime and lemon recipes here.

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