If this recipe were a piece of clothing, it would be your favorite pair of jeans. It goes with anything, meets any occasion, you can dress it up or down, and it makes you feel wonderful. And it’s easy. I make this almost every week, and it’s my go-to if I’m delivering a meal to a neighbor or new parents. I’ve also dolled it up to serve for big family dinners. I haven’t met anyone, including my picky toddlers, who won’t eat Orange Chicken.
This is also Mimi’s recipe, and she was quite proud of it. What would the Queen say? I believe she would say it is delicious.
6 chicken breasts
2 cups of rice
1 stick of butter
2 T flour
2 T sugar
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2-3 cups of orange juice
Salt and Pepper
An orange, sliced.
Boil your rice according to package directions. Melt butter in a large frying pan. Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Brown chicken on both sides (cook in batches to avoid over-crowding). Remove to plate. Stir in spices and flour and cook over low heat until it forms a smooth paste. Gradually stir in orange juice, stirring constantly. Bring to a full boil. Place chicken back in pan (you can squish them together now) and drape some sauce to cover chicken. Turn heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Remove one breast, check doneness.
Arrange for table:
- Individual platings: Rice, chicken breast on top, drizzle sauce over both
- Sauce in a gravy boat
- Rice in covered serving dish with a pat of butter in middle
- Chicken arranged nicely on plate, drizzle sauce over
- Slice orange, then, make a cut in middle of orange through one part of rind. Twist orange slices into S shape and arrange on chicken
- Sauce in gravy boat because people with LOVE it.
As a Meal-On-Wheels:
- Buy a square disposable foil pan with lid
- Pour in rice and stir in all but a little sauce until fully mixed
- Arrange chicken on top, drizzle sauce
- Place 3 flat orange slices in middle
Mimi always served this with steamed broccoli, but a salad is easy and crowd-pleasing. This recipe also freezes well.