Orange and chilli chicken

Orange and chilli chicken

30 min
Wonderfully delicious orange chicken! Chicken fillet in a sauce with orange, lime, and the heat of chilli. Serve with roasted vegetables.


  • Salt the chicken fillets and brown them on both sides in butter in a frying pan.
  • Wash and peel the orange and lime with a potato peeler. Cut the peel into thin strips. Squeeze out the juice.
  • Boil the orange and lime skin, juice, sour cream, chicken stock, soy, honey, and sambal oelek in a pan. Add the chicken to the sauce. Cook on low heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package.
  • Core the peppers. Rinse leeks and zucchini. Cut the vegetables into pieces and fry them in butter in a pan.
  • Serve the vegetables with the chicken. Sprinkle over lemon balm (optional).

Orange and chilli chicken

How do you keep orange chicken from getting soggy?
The first step is to properly brown and seal the chicken before adding it to the sauce. Once added, give the sauce enough time to reduce, you’re looking for a glossy syrupy consistency that coats (not soaks) your ingredients.
What goes well with orange and chilli chicken?
Rice or egg noodle bases are obvious choices to soak up every citrusy, tangy drop of sauce. A spicy cucumber salad of chilis, white wine vinegar and sesame seeds will also compliment the dish both in taste and presentation.
Can you freeze orange and chilli chicken?
Definitely. Make sure that you use a tightly sealed container and enjoy within three months. For the best results, however, it is recommended that you prepare and freeze the chicken and sauce separately. This will get you as close to the beautiful freshness of the original dish.


Chicken breast fillets
500 g
1 tsp
1 tbsp
Lime fruit
Sour cream, 13%
200 ml
Chicken stock
1 tbsp
Japanese soy sauce
1 tsp
1 tbsp
Sambal oelek
1 tsp
243 g
200 g
100 g
100 g
1 tbsp

A spicy, citrusy chicken favourite

Simple dinners don’t have to be boring, especially with this recipe that has it all: tasty chicken breasts that are infused with a bright and spicy orange sauce. Served with rice and vegetables, your dinner is transformed from just another meal to a flavour-packed occasion.

Try a fruity and fiery chicken recipe

Citrus flavours and chicken are long-time best friends. Add in the fiery spice of sambal oelek and you have a perfectly balanced, not to mention succulent combination that hits all the right notes. Serve with fluffy rice and crunchy vegetables, or add the chicken to a fresh salad for an easy lunch on-the-go.

How to dial the spice level up or down

Sambal oelek, an Indonesian chilli paste, is the main spicy ingredient in this recipe. Typically made from a mixture of different chillies, shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, shallots, lime juice, and palm sugar, it adds a refreshingly tangy and spicy note to the dish. Adjusting the spiciness is as simple as adding more, less, or no sambal oelek.

What to do with the leftovers (if there are any)

Refrigerate the leftover chicken separately from the sides in an airtight container. One idea is to create your very own version of fried rice by cutting the chicken and vegetables into bite-sized cubes and stir frying in a wok or pan. Alternatively, use the chicken as the star ingredient of a crunchy salad.