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Orange chicken – Pollo all’arancia

Orange chicken – Pollo all’arancia

Orange chicken is another of my quick solutions when I want to demonstrate how good I am as a cook, but it’s all showing off, because it’s such a simple recipe that you don’t need to have great skills neither special equipment. Nevertheless, it remains a dish that you can use to impress your guests because  – simple as it is – it’s exquisite and also classy!

I am experimenting a lot with chicken in general because it is lower in fat than red meat, and even if it also has lower levels of vitamins (iron for example) I eat a lot of vegetables that also contain them AND above all sometimes I indulge in a steak, even if for sure it’s not my favorite food.

Being winter, moreover, it’s orange season and if there’s something I really love is this perfect, round and juicy fruit. How to explain the pleasure of waking up on Sunday and having the time to squeeze the juice, filter it and drink it at my kitchen table near my VERY small terrace, eating some homemade biscuits and recovering from the working week and  my – almost always – crazy weekends with friends? Orange is perfect for breakfast, but don’t forget you can use it for many dishes, such as all orange and fennel salad, to quote one!

orange chicken

Cooking with orange is a fancy choice and above all a healthy one. Before starting using it in the kitchen, I never thought how versatile it could be and how easy it was to use it for a variety of dishes. Always following my philosophy – by now you should know it well – that the best food is the simplest one, and that you don’t have to spend a lot to afford it, you will see how basic the ingredients of this recipe are and how quick the preparation. The outcome is delicate and velvety, the orange makes the chicken become juicy and delicious,  and you won’t regret it 🙂

So, why aren’t you already taking your pan and slicing your oranges?

 

Orange chicken recipe

Ingredients (for 2 people)

14 oz (400 gr). chicken breast

2 or 3 tbsp olive oil

1 cup and 1/2 whole weat flour

the juice of 3 oranges, + some slices to decorate

a glass of wine

salt and pepper to taste

 

Method

 

Cut the oranges in half and squeeze the juice. if you prefer you can also filter it so as to eliminate any pulp; set aside.
Now take the chicken breast, divide it in half and with a knife remove any eventual fat and cartilages. Cut it in small pieces or in slices – I chose the second option.
In a plate, sprinkle some flour – I use whole wheat – and cover the chicken with the flour on both sides, gently pressing with your fingers.  After that, shake the slices a little bit to get rid of flour in excess.

In a large frying pan heat the olive oil and over medium-low heat cook the chicken breasts for two minutes on each side until golden.

 

orange chicken

At this point add the wine and let it evaporate over high heat. It will take 2 minutes approximately.

 

Now it it time to pour the orange juice.

Reduce the heat and cook the chicken, flipping it on each side every now and then, until the orange juice thickens  and the chicken becomes sort of caramelised. More or less it will take 10 or 15 minutes.  Some minutes before taking off heat, add salt and pepper (according to your taste).

orange chicken

Serve warm with a couple of orange slices as decoration!

 

For more chicken recipes, you might find interesting my chicken cutlets Sicilan-style or my Chicken Cacciatore!

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Orange chicken

2018-01-25
: 2
: 15 min
: 20 min
: 35 min
: Easy

SImple and quick but also fancy , this orange chicken is soft and caramelised, with a fruity aroma and a juicy texture!

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Ingredients
  • 14 oz (400 gr.) chicken breast
  • 2 or 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup and 1/2 whole weat flour
  • the juice of 3 oranges, + some slices to decorate
  • a glass of wine
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Cut the oranges in half and squeeze the juice.
  • Step 2 If you prefer you can also filter it so as to eliminate any pulp
  • Step 3 set aside.
  • Step 4 Now take the chicken breast, divide it in half and with a knife remove any eventual fat and cartilages.
  • Step 5 Cut it in small pieces or in slices – I chose the second option.
  • Step 6 In a plate, sprinkle some flour – I use whole wheat – and cover the chicken with the flour on both sides, gently pressing with your fingers. 
  • Step 7 After that, shake the slices a little bit to get rid of the excess flour.
  • Step 8 In a large pan, heat the olive oil and over medium-low heat cook the chicken breasts for two minutes on each side until golden.
  • Step 9 At this point add the wine and let it evaporate over high heat. It will take 2 minutes approximately.
  • Step 10 Now it is time to pour the orange juice. 
  • Step 11 Reduce the heat and cook the chicken, flipping it on each side every now and then, until the orange juice becomes thick and the chicken is sort of caramelised. More or less it will take 10 or 15 minutes.
  • Step 12 Some minutes before taking off heat, add salt and pepper (according to your taste).
  • Step 13 Serve warm with a couple of orange slices as decoration!


4 thoughts on “Orange chicken – Pollo all’arancia”

  • Ciao Linda

    Now that I have discovered my authentic go to guru for Italian cuisine – too posh – Italian food – better! I shall be following your blog faithfully.

    I do all or most the cooking for my wife and I myself and friends – and extend it to the folk where I teach! I love all the ritual and music that goes with preparing an authentic dish! I try not to use technology – elecrical machines – because it is too noisy and I lose the feel or touch with what I am preparing! Sounds crazy! My family and friends think it is crazy but they enjoy what I prepare with such love and gentleness.!! Or so they tell me!!

    I am wanting a recipe from Nonna/o for fine pasta – with minced meat! I do use one by Lupi Vada and make the tomatoe sauce and meat sauce seperately and then when serving the meal mix the two together. It works well tastes ok but I know intuitively I have still not got it,right. But the only thing I can think of is the comparison I make with something I may eat at my local Italian .

    Any ideas? Comments?

    Edouardo Vicchey

  • I’m not usually a big fan of chicken breast. I find it a bit bland. But this sounds like a wonderful way to make it tasty. And I do love orange and fennel salad, wonderful this time of year!

    • Yes I think it becomes really moist with the orange juice! And it is so simple, it’s unbelievable. And orange and fennel salad for me it’s big amazing classic 🙂

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