Sweet and Savory Chicken Thighs With Orange Sauce

Orange chicken thighs

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4

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
  • 1/2 cup onion ( chopped)
  • 1 cup orange juice (frozen concentrate; about 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 dash black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar (packed)
  • 6 to 8 chicken thighs (boneless)

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.