Chicken: Easy Orange Chicken

posted by Meryl 12-19-101 12:29 PM

Easy Orange Chicken
Source: Hometown Cooking

As the chicken cooks, the seasoned-flour coating thickens the orange juice into a wonderful sauce. Be sure to use the juice from fresh oranges, the recipe doesn't work as well with orange juice from concentrate.

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3 oranges
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)*
Hot cooked rice (optional)

In a large plastic bag, combine flour, salt, curry powder, garlic powder, and pepper; add chicken and shake to coat, reserving any extra flour mixture. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken breasts and cook about 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once. Transfer chicken to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Repeat with remaining chicken and oil. Stir any remaining flour mixture into pan drippings in skillet. Remove from heat.

Squeeze juice from oranges (should have 1 cup). Stir juice into flour mixture in skillet; stir until smooth. Pour juice mixture over chicken.

Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Serve over hot cooked rice, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

*Note: If oranges are not sweet, add 1 teaspoon sugar to orange juice before adding to skillet.

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