Orange Chicken Recipe

This orange chicken recipe is made with chicken breasts and fresh orange juice for a fairly low fat and nutritious main dish. It makes a good introduction to fennel, a popular vegetable in French cooking. Serve this dish with brown rice for an extra healthy and satisfying dinner.

Although it is not essential to this recipe, I hope you will give the fennel a try. It is a vegetable that I had never tasted before coming to France, but it quickly became one of my favorites. You may wish to review how to prepare fennel before you try this orange chicken recipe.

Poulet à l'orange

Preparation Time: 1 hour

Makes 4 servings.

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves or about 1 1/4 pounds (works with turkey breasts as well)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, washed, dried and sliced
  • 1 bulb of Florence fennel (top, bottom and outer leaves removed), sliced thinly
  • 4 ounces lean bacon, sliced in small strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons herbs de Provence
  • salt and pepper
  • Juice of 4 oranges plus zest for decorating
  1. Melt the butter in a deep skillet on medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and just cooked through (about 15 minutes, but depends on the thickness of the poultry).
  2. Meanwhile prepare the mushrooms, fennel and bacon.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan and add the olive oil, heating it for about 1 minute. Add the sliced onions, mushrooms, fennel and bacon. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet with the vegetables, then sprinkle with the herbs, and salt and pepper. Pour the orange juice on top and adjust the heat so that the liquid is just barely bubbling.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on top of rice.

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