Orange Honey Chicken

If you’re looking for an exciting twist on a classic roast chicken, this is the recipe for you. Orange honey chicken provides a tantalizing combination of fragrance and sweetness that goes perfectly with a bit of BBQ smoke. Don’t be intimidated. This recipe has been tried and tested by the expert cooks at Jack’s Meat Shack and it produces great results. 


Cooking Method

  1. Preheat the grill to 200°C. 
  2. Mix the rub ingredients together and combine thoroughly. 
  3. Use a binder such as olive oil or spray on the exterior of the chicken, then coat all over with the spice rub. 
  4. Place the chicken on indirect heat to prevent drying out or burning. 
  5. Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients in a separate bowl. 
  6. Sporadically baste your cooking chicken at least every 20 minutes during the cooking process. 
  7. Remove the chicken from the grill when the internal temperature reaches 75°C, approximately 1.5 hours. 

The Ingredients

For the Spice Rub: 

  • 1 tbsp turmeric 
  • 1 tbsp paprika 
  • 1 ½ tbsp thyme 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 

For the Orange Honey sauce: 

  • 2 freshly squeezed oranges 
  • 1 tbsp honey 
  • 1 tsp ginger powder 

What to serve with orange honey chicken

While this sticky orange chicken is balanced, it’s definitely on the sweeter side. As such, we’ve kept this in mind. You could also get some Chinese inspiration for sides. There isn’t a right or wrong way to serve this recipe. Nevertheless, we’ve put together some recommendations. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally speaking, any part of the chicken that has a bone in will work well when grilled. Thighs and legs also offer a higher amount of fat to help keep the meat moist. This is important when direct heat is involved. A whole chicken is best for low and slow cooking though, which is why it’s featured in this recipe. 

Yes. However, this will extend the cooking process by roughly 50%. With whole chickens, it may also be necessary to cover the meat for the first part of cooking to prevent exterior burning. For the best results, we recommend defrosting chicken using warm water or simply by leaving it covered at room temperature.  

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