Chicken with Orange and Star Anise – Spiced Citrus Chicken Roasted to Perfection!!!

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Chicken with Orange and Star Anise - Spiced Citrus Chicken Roasted to Perfection!!!
Recipe type: Chicken / Poultry
Cuisine: Eastern
Serves: 3-6
Chicken with orange and star anise is outstanding with a magnificent spicy citrus flavor and aroma. The process is longer than most, however it is all really easy.
  • 6 Chicken thighs
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Onion, cut into wedges
  • 30ml Grated ginger
  • 15ml Garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 Whole star anise
  • 5ml Dried chilli flakes
  • 1 Red pepper, sliced into strips
  • 6 Top slices butternut
  • 1 Whole head of garlic, cloves separated, skin on
  • 2 Oranges sliced
  • Asian noodles to serve
For the Sauce
  • 30ml Light soy sauce
  • 30ml Rice wine vinegar
  • 15ml Brown sugar
  • 50ml Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 125ml Chicken stock
  • 10ml Cornflour
  1. Heat a large pan over medium high heat and add enough oil to coat the base of the pan.
  2. Add the chicken thighs to the pan, skin side up and fry for 4 minutes until the underside is nicely colored.
  3. Turn the thighs over and fry for a further 4 minutes until the skin is golden.
  4. Remove the thighs from the pan and transfer them to a roasting pan, skin side up.
  5. Heat another pan over medium high heat and add a tablespoon of oil.
  6. Add the chopped onion and fry these until slightly translucent, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the grated ginger and crushed garlic and stir-fry this until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  8. Add the star anise and dried chilli flakes. Fry this for 60 seconds then remove the pan from the heat.
  9. Spoon the mixture over the chicken thighs.
  10. Add the onion wedges to the roasting pan along with the sliced red pepper, sliced butternut and garlic cloves.
  11. In a jug, combine the light soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, freshly squeezed orange juice and chicken stock.
  12. Stir until all of the sugar has dissolved and spoon half of the liquid over the chicken and vegetables. Put the other half aside.
  13. Cover the roasting pan with foil and bake in a preheated oven at 180c or 350f for 30 minutes.
  14. Remove the pan from the oven and scatter the sliced oranges over the top of the pan.
  15. Return the pan to the oven, uncovered, for 40 minutes.
  16. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the chicken and vegetables to another pan and keep it warm.
  17. Pour the pan juices into a small saucepan. Dissolve the cornflour in a little water and add this to the sauce we put aside earlier.
  18. Pour this into the pan juices. Place the pot over medium high heat and bring this to a boil. Allow it to boil for 60 seconds until thickened.
  19. Serve the orange anise chicken on a bed of noodles accompanied with the vegetables, orange slices and roasted garlic.
  20. Spoon a healthy dose of sauce over the dish and serve immediately.


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