saffron orange chicken
Written by Vahid Epagloo, Food Consultant Updated:

There are many different recipes with saffron. This golden spice has exotic aroma and according to this aroma and other wonderful properties that it has, most of the dishes could be more delicious with this spice. If you search the saffron recipes you find lots of great and awesome ones. Here, we are going to describe saffron orange chicken recipes.

What is saffron orange chicken?

Saffron orange chicken is a kind of the chicken stew that is made with saffron and orange sauce. It has a really simple recipe and it is a great dish for your family and parties. It has a unique color, the combination of orange and saffron color, and also it has a dreamy and fragrant aroma.


To make saffron orange chicken you need some main additives and some ingredients that are called desired additives.

Main ingredients

  • Chicken pieces (it is better to use chicken breast)
  • Orange juice
  • Oil (olive oil is more recommended)
  • Saffron (brew your saffron with hot water or ice cube before start to cook)

Desired ingredients

  • Black pepper
  • Orange zest
  • Lemon juice
  • Bay leaf
  • Salt
  • Onion

The amount of all these ingredients depends on you and your taste.

How to cook saffron orange chicken?

First brew your saffron add 3-4 saffron threads or a pinch of saffron powder to half of a cup hot water and wait for 8-10 minutes. Add pepper, salt bay leaf, orange zest to the chicken pieces and add 2 tablespoons brewed saffron, then mix them and put this mixture in the cold place for an hour.

Put a pan on the medium heat, add oil or 3Tbsps olive oil to the pan, then add chicken pieces and fried them a little. If you wish you could fry onion first, then add chicken pieces. When you chicken fried a little, you should add lemon and orange juices to pot. We add orange juice as the water that added to the stew. You can also put this mixture in the oven. First fry the chicken then put them in another pot and add the juice then put it in the oven.

The cooking time is different; you can wait till all the juice evaporates or wait till it is getting thick and serve your saffron orange chicken.

Points about saffron orange chicken

You can add brewed saffron to the juice too.

You can decorate your cooked chicken with saffron water.

If you wish to have a thicker orange sauce, you can add some starch or corn flour to the stew.

You can add a teaspoon zest at the end as a design to the chicken pieces.

You can add 2 garlic cloves to your stew.

This stew could serve with rice, fried potato or a simple salad.


Saffron orange chicken has totally a different flavor and fragrant aroma. We recommend cooking and testing it, it is unbelievably delicious. Trying new flavor could be a wonderful experience. you can also check out other ways to make saffron orange chicken.


Can I cook this dish with blood oranges?

Yes, why not. Choosing the ingredients depends on you and your taste.

Is it a stew or I can grill the chicken?

If you want to cook your chicken pieces with orange juice, you should make a stew. But if you want to grill your chicken, you can make orange sauce and pour it on your grilled chicken.

What is the average cooking time?

It is about 40-50 minutes.

Can I add carrot sticks to this stew?

It depends on your taste. But if you want to add carrot it is better to fry carrot sticks and then add them, when the carrot is boiled and cooked it has a sweet taste and can affect the flavor of your saffron orange chicken.