Skillet Chicken Thighs With Orange Sauce

Skillet Chicken Thighs With Orange Sauce

Sweet Limoneira® orange and spices, soy sauce and honey combine in a sticky sauce to turn everyday chicken thighs into something special. It's based on Chinese orange chicken dishes, and gives you take-out flavor at home.
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup fresh Limoneira® orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Limoneira® orange zest grated
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet, and add the garlic and shallots. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Add the ginger, and cook for another 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper. Add them to the skillet, and brown on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet, and set aside for now.
  • Add the red pepper flakes, orange juice and zest, soy sauce, and honey to the skillet, and stir to blend. Cook at a medium heat for about 10 minutes. The sauce should have reduced by about half, and have thickened.
  • Add the chicken thighs, skin side down, back into the skillet, and cook for about 5 minutes on one side.
  • Turn the thighs over, and cook for another 6 or 7 minutes, until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink.
  • Remove from the heat, and spoon any sauce left in the pan over the chicken to serve.


Note: You can also use boneless, skinless thighs, and chop them into smaller chunks for a more traditional Chinese take to the dish.
Keyword Oranges
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