Crispy Chicken a l’Orange Recipe

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This Crispy Chicken a l’Orange is utterly delicious. I based this recipe on a duck a l’orange, which originated in Italy and then migrated to France.

This Crispy Chicken a l’Orange Recipe is a delicious and easy way to cook chicken that will impress your family and guests.

The recipe features a citrusy marinade made with orange juice concentrate, butter, honey, tamari sauce, ginger and garlic.

Once the chicken is roasted, the skin becomes extra crispy, and the entire chicken is super flavorful.

 

orange marinade in a glass jar

 

 

start with marinating the chicken

Marinating the chicken in a tasty sweet and sour marinade gives this dish an insanely delicious flavour and crispy skin. Yes, this dish is all about sweet and sour orange marinade.

The marinade is made by simmering the orange concentrate, orange zest, honey, tamari sauce, ginger, garlic and butter.

Then, the marinade is chilled until it solidifies into a paste. The paste is then rubbed all over the chicken.

The orange paste will flavour the chicken while it is chilling. The chicken is then roasted with fresh orange wedges. This gives this dish a fresh orange flavor.

This dinner recipe may seem complicated, but you will find that the chicken l’orange recipe is super simple.

What I love most about this chicken a l’orange is the skin. The skin is super crispy and has the most delicious tangy flavour.

 

chicken l’orange in a dish with orange wedges

 

The chicken is roasted to a golden orange colour and is super flavourful throughout. If you know how to roast a chicken, you can master this French dish easily.

Chicken a l’orange doesn’t have to be made only for special occasions, even though it tastes and looks impressive. If you are looking for a chicken dish that is more than just roasted chicken, this recipe is for you.

 

whole roasted l’orange chicken on a platter

 

sides for chicken a l’orange

Several sides go exceptionally well with this chicken dish. My favourites are mashed potatoes and stewed red cabbage with apples, but you can also add roasted veggies, garlic mashed fauxtatoes, beet salad or vegan dirty rice.

Chicken is probably one of the most prepared foods at home. So why not try something different and delicious such as this chicken a l’orange recipe. I promise your family and guests will be impressed every time. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 3 - 4 lb. whole chicken
  • 3/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp. Grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, grated or minced
  • Sea salt
  • 1 large orange
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    Instructions

  • Lightly rub the entire chicken with salt
  • In a saucepan, add orange juice, butter, honey, orange zest, tamari sauce, ginger, garlic and 1 teaspoon of salt. Simmer over medium heat until the butter has melted and everything is blended
  • Bring sauce to room temperature, then refrigerate until the sauce solidifies into a paste
  • Rub the entire chicken inside and out with the paste and place half an orange in the chicken. Place the chicken in a roasting pan. Cut the other half of orange into wedges and place around the chicken. Refrigerate for 2 - 4 hours. You should have about half a cup of sauce left for basting
  • Place the chicken into a preheated oven at 350 F and roast for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, basting as needed. If the chicken starts to get too dark after about an hour, cover it with foil paper shiny side up, until the chicken is cooked. The internal temperature of the chicken should read 165 F when fully cooked. Enjoy!
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    2 Responses to Crispy Chicken a l’Orange Recipe

    • Carol April 4, 2021

      I made it with chicken legs and it was so so good thank you for the recipe

      • Kristina April 4, 2021

        I am so happy to hear that Carol, thank you for sharing

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