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Orange Rosemary Chicken

Crisp-tender chicken, roasted in the most epic, melt-in-your-mouth orange rosemary glaze that you’ll want to drink!

Orange Rosemary Chicken - Crisp-tender chicken, roasted in the most epic, melt-in-your-mouth orange rosemary glaze that you'll want to drink!

I make a ton of chicken thigh recipes but I just had to save this one for Fall. And yes, it’s really Fall here in LA! I wore about 80 layers outside today in 64 degree weather. I know. Us Los Angelenos are wimps with this kind of weather.

But this recipe is even more special because of a secret, secret, SECRET ingredient: the ZICO Chilled Orange Juice Blend.

Orange Rosemary Chicken - Crisp-tender chicken, roasted in the most epic, melt-in-your-mouth orange rosemary glaze that you'll want to drink!

This new chilled coconut water and orange juice blend has 45% fewer calories than regular orange juice and with 5 naturally-occurring electrolytes, it has all of the hydration benefits of 100% natural coconut water. There’s no added sugar, no artificial flavors, no added preservatives – nothing!

And you see this glaze here? It’s made with real maple syrup and fresh rosemary with the ZICO juice goodness so just go ahead and guzzle that down. The juice only has 120 calories.

Orange Rosemary Chicken - Crisp-tender chicken, roasted in the most epic, melt-in-your-mouth orange rosemary glaze that you'll want to drink!

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Orange Rosemary Chicken

Crisp-tender chicken, roasted in the most epic, melt-in-your-mouth orange rosemary glaze that you’ll want to drink!

10 minutes40 minutes


  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs*
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the orange rosemary glaze

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ZICO Chilled Orange Juice Blend*
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season chicken with thyme, oregano, salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
  4. Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in ZICO Chilled Orange Juice Blend, chicken stock, maple syrup, honey and rosemary; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet.
  6. Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.


*Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs) can be substituted.

*ZICO Chilled Orange Juice Blend can be found in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 229.5 Calories from Fat 134.1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.9g 23%
Saturated Fat 5.2g 26%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 69.0mg 23%
Sodium 65.2mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 9.9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 8.7g
Protein 13.6g 27%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ZICO. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was an amazing recipe! I’m so thankful I found it. I couldn’t find the ZICO orange blend and stressed over if I could a decent substitute. I ended up just using orange juice and it was STILL delicious. Im not even the nest of cooks, but I was given the Mom AND Boyfriend seal of approval. This one is definitely going down in the books!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this last night. It was delicious!! I cannot find Zico Orange so I combined coconut water with the juice (I experimented with taste and ended up doing 1/2 c coconut water and 1/2 c OJ). Also, I accidentally bought orange-pineapple juice (I just grabbed a bottle from the fresh-squeezed section in the store). That was a happy accident, and the sauce was still to die for! This is a definite do-again!

  3. I want to try this, but am wondering what kind of rice dish would compliment it. Any suggestions?

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      This was absolutely delicious! Even my 5 year old daughter loved it (of course without the skin), which I was worried because of the condiments but no problem here whatsoever. I didn’t have chicken stock and just omitted it and used fresh squeezed orange juice and it was still amazing! Maybe a little too sweet which is obvious since I omitted the chicken stock but still finger licking’ amazing! Thank you for this recipe! 

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was off the wall delicious!  My blood orange juice was primo in this!  Thanks for sharing 

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this using regular orange juice because that’s what I had. It was absolutely delicious. We just finished up the leftovers and hubs just asked if I was making it again  tomorrow. Really a keeper!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    I can’t see the directions. 🙁

  7. Trier it, and it’s absolutely sensational

  8. When simmering and placing the pot in the oven do you cover with a lid?

  9. simple, tasty, cheap – my kinda eating. made it for my folks. smash hit. thank you, chungah.

  10. I’m gonna try this recipe tomorrow I have a bag of just picked Oranges I am going to squeeze they are the sweetest oranges I have ever eaten. I don’t have a skillet that I can put directly in the oven but I am resourceful I will figure something out. Can’t wait to try this out thanks for the recipe

  11. This chicken looks so mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Very nice recipe:)

  13. I made this type of chicken and my son love it also. Keep sharing new recipe. I love to cook for may husband and son and they are foody.

  14. I love chicken, will try this recipe soon. Thanks 🙂

  15. Note! I substituted with orange juice. However, the orange juice already has sugar in it. Mine came out WAY too sweet. So please decrease the sweetness you are adding if you will be subbing with orange juice. I tried to fix it by adding a bunch more chicken stock. It turned out with too much liquid of course, but the taste was ok. This would go well with something to make it spicy like hot chili oil. I will have to make this again but with less honey or find the orange coconut water the recipe calls for.

    • I am making this recipe TODAY (1/16/18) and I could NOT find the Zico orange juice blend ANYWHERE! I did purchase Zico coconut water, and some 100% OJ. I’m going to mix the two, half and half to see how it comes out. I’m excited about putting it all together 😉

  16. Was wondering if I could use fresh squeezed oranges instead of orange juice ?

  17. Do you think it would be worth marinating the (uncooked) chicken in the glaze overnight?  Tried your baked honey sesame chicken recipe the other week and it was fantastic =)  

  18. Can you sub a whole chicken, cut up?

  19. I served last night. Hubby moaned & groaned thru meal as it was SO Damn delicious!! He declared this recipe a keeper. I only had 4 thighs but used full ingredients otherwise including glaze. I used a mix half OJ & half Coconut water. I served with rice, steamed Asparagus and Artichokes Gratinata. Wonderful flavors. Thanks again for this recipe. I love your site and have tried numerous recipes from it. Never disappointed.

  20. How would you modify this recipe to use boneless and skinless chicken thighs for a slightly healthier version? Would you still sear the thighs without the skin?

    • You can still sear the chicken if you’d like – it’s completely up to you.

      • Sorry, I should have asked this as part of my first question.  I know meat with the bone in takes longer to cook.  What is the time adjustment for the roasting part if you are using the boneless thighs?

        • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty at this time. As always, please use your best judgment to ensure that the chicken is completely cooked through.

  21. Made this night before last.  It was a HUGE hit!  Thanks for a wonderful recipe 🙂

  22. I gave this a shot tonight. I am not a fan of chicken especially dark meat. But I followed the recipe to the letter. I must say this was excellent, very moist, full of flavor. This would be an excellent meal item for a few guest or increase the quantities for a group.
    This is a keeper. We may have it again tomorrow !

  23. Amazing! I love trying new stuff with chicken like this. Orange and rosemary sounds like a great combo.

  24. Rosemary and orange…..what a great combo of flavors!  Have to make this!!  Great recipe (as always), Chungah!

  25. This chicken looks so mouthwatering! Need to try 🙂

  26. I can’t look at your blog unless I already have something cooking/made to snack on. Food blogs make me so hungry!! This looks DIVINE. Yum yum yum

  27. Would you recommend mixing coconut water with orange juice, if the product you recommend (Zico) cannot be purchased?  This looks delicious…can’t wait to try it tomorrow!  

  28. Zico . . .  now I will need to search the store for this one as it’s new to me.  The recipe sounds perfect and I love chicken with either orange or lemon.  Yum   Love your recipes, love your humor and you, but miss seeing your wisk when I log in.  Where did it go?   

  29. I love using chicken thighs for recipes — they are so easy to make plus you just can’t dry them out. I’ve made chicken thighs with lime, lemon but not orange/coconut. What an interesting combination. I will definitely have to try it out. Beautiful photos!! 

  30. Hi I live in Alberta Canada and cannot locate Zicco that is listed in the recipe. Is there an alternative to this?

  31. I can not get the orange   juice product where I live….can I substitute? Also, though not a slow cooker fan, could I make this in the slow cooker?