Sweet and Savory Chicken Thighs With Orange Sauce

Orange chicken thighs

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
472 Calories
21g Fat
18g Carbs
55g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 472
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 273mg 91%
Sodium 752mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 55g
Vitamin C 33mg 164%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 802mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Are you looking for a simple dish with a sweet and savory kick? You can't go wrong with baked chicken thighs glazed with a rich orange sauce. Serve with rice and green beans for a filling and tangy everyday meal.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, more to grease the pan

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste

  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper, more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

  • 6 to 8 large boneless chicken thighs

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion until softened. Add orange juice, thyme, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt, a dash of pepper, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

  2. Heat oven to 375 F.

  3. Arrange chicken in a foil-lined greased baking dish.

  4. Brush chicken lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes.

  6. Liberally brush the sauce over the chicken thighs and bake for 15 to 20 minutes longer or until cooked through.

  7. Bring the remaining sauce to a boil and reduce to a syrupy glaze; serve with the chicken.