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Orange Glazed Chicken Thighs are moist with the most delicious, crispy skin, topped with an orange glaze sauce. Add some coconut rice on the side to make this an amazing meal!

Orange Glazed Chicken Thigh on a white plate with a scoop of rice and half an orange.

We might be having a love affair with chicken thighs. Oh my heavens, we just can’t get enough! The other night we realized there was nothing planned for dinner. As a food blogger, how in the world does that happen? Well, it happens more often than you might think. That’s when inspiration kicked in. We browsed through the pantry and half-empty fridge searching for ideas. Luckily we found chicken thighs. 

Toss in some oranges, coconut milk, and rice, and we knew we’d have a dinner on our hands. It turned out awesome. We were worried that the skin might get slimy instead of crispy, but heavens, it turned out amazing. It was a nice combination of sticky and crisp. Oh baby! We served it up with a little coconut rice which gave a nice, sweet accent to the spicy zest of the chicken.

  • How do you make coconut rice to serve on the side?

    Coconut rice is super easy to make. Take 1 1/2 cups of rice, add in 1 can of coconut milk (which is 2 cups), and 1 cup water. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking until all the liquid has been absorbed (about 15 minutes).
  • Can I use boneless skinless chicken thighs for orange glazed chicken thighs?

    While technically you could use boneless skinless chicken thighs, it would not be as juicy or flavorful and you would miss out on that delicious crispy skin. We recommend you stick to the original recipe and use bone in and skin on chicken thighs.
  • Reheating and Storage Instructions:

    Reheat any leftover chicken thighs in the oven for optimum flavor and juiciness. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place chicken thigh(s) into a baking dish sprayed with oil. Cook until warmed through.

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Bird's eye view of Orange Glazed Chicken Thighs served with coconut rice and fresh sliced oranges

Orange Glazed Chicken Thighs served with coconut rice and slices of fresh oranges
These Orange Glazed Chicken Thighs combines orange, soy sauce, ginger, and more to give you a mouth watering dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Ingredients
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange zested
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with non stick cooking spray. If you want to be fancy, line the bottom of the pan with orange slices (optional).
  • In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice, orange zest, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Place your chicken thighs skin-side up in the prepared baking dish. Pour half of the glaze over the chicken thighs.
  • Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes. Take the remaining glaze and pour it over the chicken.
  • Cook for an additional 15-20 minutes. The skin will get nice and crisp and browned.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 618kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 687mg | Potassium: 690mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 48.4mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Thighs

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5 stars
I have the chicken in the oven- with pineapple on top. I did put the rice in a rice cooker as I will never be a confident rice chef. I guess tonight is somewhat of a Hawaiian theme dinner.
Can’t wait until it’s done.

Sarah Essley

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First time making it and we loved it. Hubby said it had great umami. We would double the ginger and red pepper for us our family but otherwise it was amazing. I lined the pan with blood oranges and like it. Next time I’ll juice a blood orange too.

Sarah Essley

5 stars
First time making it and we loved it. Hubby said it had great umami. We would double the ginger and red pepper for us our family but otherwise it was amazing.

maayan

Great Recipe ! one of my favorite in the last few months…

Maayan

5 stars
Great recipe! A keeper

Carla Berryman

5 stars
This is my 2nd time to make the chicken,1st for the rice. The aroma throughout the house is a tease to my tummy!

Found you via TasteSpotting – was looking for a coconut rice recipe. The whole meal looks amazing! Trying the rice tonight – the chicken will come later 🙂

Anonymous

So I tried this recipe last night and it was fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! My coconut rice boiled over, a few times, so it didn't quite turn out as nice as I had hoped but it did add a great side once I finally got it done.

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