Sticky orange chicken is pan-seared chicken breasts, cooked in an orange marmalade, chicken stock, and rosemary herb based sweet and sticky sauce!Sticky orange chicken is pan-seared chicken breasts, cooked in an orange marmalade, chicken stock, and rosemary herb based sweet and sticky sauce!
Good morning!  It’s going to be a great day in the Pacific Northwest. We’re headed into several days in a row of warm, sunny weather for Memorial Day weekend. With temps in the mid 70’s and higher, it could even get to be warm and “sticky” outside. Yes- that is my horrible line to transition over to this wonderful dinner I made last night called “Sticky Orange Chicken”.

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About This Dish

I found this recipe from Rachael Ray (celebrity cook) on Pinterest a while back, but finally took the opportunity to make it last evening. This sticky orange chicken was so easy to make, and it really has a great fresh flavor!

Lots of flavor is there, thanks in part to the orange marmalade sauce, which is infused with extra flavor from chicken stock, fresh rosemary and thyme. YUM! The whole dish took under 30 minutes to prepare, from start to finish, and was absolutely delicious! This would be a great meal to fix, at the end of a long and busy day!

Note: The recipe as written serves 4.  My pictures only show 2 pieces of chicken. I only prepared 2 chicken breasts for my husband and myself, but kept the original quantity of sauce (just a little Public Service Announcement).

How To Make Sticky Orange Chicken

Here’s what you do to make this simple dish… first, gather the ingredients together.  I’m fortunate enough to make my own orange marmalade, so that was easy!

I also grow rosemary and thyme in my garden, so gathering this part of the recipe was a cinch! Some apple cider vinegar, salt, and chicken stock from our pantry finished out the pile of ingredients.

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Cook The Chicken Breasts

Heat olive oil in a skillet until very hot, but not smoking. Lightly salt the chicken, then add the chicken breasts to the hot skillet. The chicken breasts should sizzle as you put them into the hot skillet. Let them sear, untouched, for 5 minutes, then turn them to the other side and cook for another 5 minutes.  The chicken breasts are cooked for 10 minutes total.

Raw chicken breasts are pan-seared in oil, to brown them.
Once the chicken is seared and browned on BOTH sides, transfer the chicken to a plate, and keep them warm.

Browned chicken breasts are transferred to a plate, while sauce for sticky orange chicken is made.

Make The Sauce For The Sticky Orange Chicken

Pour the apple cider vinegar into the hot skillet to de-glaze the pan. Add the orange marmalade, chicken stock, fresh chopped rosemary and thyme, and stir to combine.

Chicken stiock, apple cider vinegar, orange marmalade and other ingredients are added to skillet.
Whisk the sticky orange chicken sauce together and continue cooking it for 2-3 minutes. The sauce will begin to thicken up just a bit as it cooks.

Sticky orange sauce is mixed, and begins to thicken as it cooks.
Add The Chicken Back Into The Sticky Orange Sauce

Once the sauce has thickened, add the chicken breasts back into the sauce. Continue to cook the chicken in the sauce for 5-6 additional minutes. While it cooks, spoon the sauce over the top of the chicken often.

The chicken is added to the sauce, and is covered with the sticky orange sauce.
Serve The Sticky Orange Chicken

Once the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the skillet and transfer the breasts to individual serving plates. Spoon a little of the sauce over the top of each chicken breast for even more great flavor. I served the sticky orange chicken with a side of rice, and some easy, steamed broccoli. 

A piece of sticky orange chicken is served with rice and broccoli on the side,.
I sure hope you will give this recipe for sticky orange chicken a try. The recipe is really EASY, QUICK, and YUMMY! Have a great day!

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Sticky Orange Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Sticky orange chicken is pan-seared chicken breasts, cooked in an orange marmalade, chicken stock, and rosemary herb based sweet and sticky sauce!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sticky orange chicken
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 283 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 boneless , skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt (just a pinch, to season each chicken breast lightly)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup (heaping) orange marmalade
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves , finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves , finely chopped
  1. Coat a stainless steel skillet with the olive oil. Heat until very hot.
  2. Lightly sprinkle each chicken breast with a tiny bit of salt. Add the chicken breasts to hot skillet. You should hear the oil sizzle when you add the chicken. Sear the chicken breasts, without moving them, for 5 minutes. Turn chicken over and continue to cook for 5 more minutes. Chicken should be golden brown on BOTH sides. When cooking time (total of 10 minutes) is done, remove chicken to a plate. Set aside.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar back into the skillet and de-glaze the pan.
  4. Add the orange marmalade, chicken stock, chopped rosemary and thyme. Whisk these together to combine. Continue cooking on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. The sauce will slightly thicken just a bit.
  5. Add the chicken breasts back into the sauce in the skillet. Continue to cook for 5-6 more minutes, spooning the sauce over the tops of each chicken breasts continuously, as they cook. Once chicken is done, remove chicken breasts to serving platter or individual plates. Spoon some of the sauce over each chicken breast.
  6. Serve with a side of rice or potatoes, and a veggie... and ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Sticky Orange Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 232mg10%
Potassium 512mg15%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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