What Is Mandarin Chicken?

Mandarin chicken is a recipe featuring seasoned chicken served in a mandarin sauce which frequently consists of various spices along with orange juice, orange marmalade and mandarin oranges. Mandarin oranges look like an orange but have a flatter shape.

The chicken for this recipe is generally flattened, coated with flour and seasoning and browned. Sauce recipes vary, but they all contain mandarin oranges and often contain orange juice and orange marmalade. Rosemary is delicious when used in this recipe. Variations for the sauce call for ketchup, brown sugar, cornstarch and syrup from canned mandarin oranges in place of the orange juice and marmalade. The sauce is poured over the chicken and baked for a short time. This dish is served with or over rice.