Braised Orange Chicken


Tender chicken thigh meat simmers in an orange juice and pepper broth for a citrus-inspired meal that's ready in just 30 minutes, but tastes like it cooked for hours.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice

  • 2 cups orange juice (no pulp)

  • ¼ cup brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®) (Optional)

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook chicken thighs in the hot oil until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Remove chicken thighs and set aside.

  2. Cook and stir onion in the same skillet until softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  4. Stir in tomatoes, orange juice, orange liqueur, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes until thoroughly combined.

  5. Return chicken thighs to the skillet, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chicken is tender and no longer pink inside, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

I often substitute chili-infused olive oil for the red pepper flakes. This recipe will allow for more thighs to be added dependent upon the size of the skillet.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

543 Calories
19g Fat
68g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 543
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 62g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 208mg 1,040%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 1330mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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