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Pollo all’arancia Sicilian Style

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chicken with orange sauce, pollo all'arancia

Pollo all'arancia - Orange Chicken

Pollo all’arancia, chicken with orange. A fairly easy dish, closely related to the more known duck version. An idea dish to serve to guests at dinner. Surprising yet comforting. Fruity and gamy. Frivolous and steady. In one dish.

  • Prep Time 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time 30 Minutes
  • Total Time 45 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People
  • Calories 185 kcal


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 250 ml of fresh orange juice
  • 250 ml of chicken broth
  • Fennel seeds
  • flour
  • salt and pepper


  1. Wash the thighs with boiling water
  2. Dry the chicken and pass it in flour
  3. Sear the thighs in olive oil
  4. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Add the juice, broth and fennel seeds
  6. Cover the pan and let it simmer for about 20 minutes
  7. Turn the chicken over half way through
  8. Serve the pollo all'arancia


This pollo all'arancia recipe is basic. One can build on it. You could for example add a teaspoon of marmalade. It does emphasize the orange. But add too much marmalade and the outcome is compromised. The same goes for Marsala wine. In Italy chicken and orange  is a secondo, a main dish. It doesn't come with accompanied carbs. Maybe some bread though that is usual decorative. This chicken dish goes along well with white rice as with boiled potatoes.What to drink with this fragrant dish? Being fruited already, we advice a full bodied red Etna wine. With an extraordinary minerality they complete this dish. 

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