Orange Fennel Chicken

Quick chicken dish bursting with citrus and sweet licorice flavors.

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Orange Fennel Chicken

Cooking time PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 8 mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 13 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 8 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 13 mins


  • 1 cup Minute® Instant Basmati Rice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fennel, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded chicken
  • 1 orange, divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • For a burst of citrus, enjoy our flavorful Basmati with shredded chicken, fennel and orange.

    Step 1

  • Heat the rice according to package instructions. 

    Step 2

  • Heat the tablespoon of oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add fennel and cook for 5 minutes. 

    Step 3

  • Add chicken, juice from 1/2 of the orange, and salt to pan. Simmer for 5 minutes. 

    Step 4

  • Place chicken and fennel on top of the rice in a medium bowl. 

    Step 5

  • Slice remaining half of the orange and use as a garnish, along with fennel greens. 

What Goes Well With Fennel?

Fennel brings a sweet and almost licorice taste to the dishes it accompanies. Aside from eating it raw, which is possible, many people enjoy it roasted or cooked in soups, stews, salads or pasta dishes. You can also use it as a base in broths that can then be used to braise meat or fish. In fact, the seeds are found in Five Spice blend: a mixture of star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel seeds. Try for yourself just how delicious this blend tastes in recipes such as our Asian Lettuce Wraps!

Citrus Twists to Chicken Dishes

Give your chicken the zest that it deserves! Adding citrus fruits to your chicken dishes will bring a fresh, zesty flavor to your meal. Whether you’re roasting, grilling or frying, the blend of citrus juice with succulent chicken is a surefire way to jazz up your meal. But what’s the best citrus fruit to use? Here’s a handy guide to cooking with citrus fruits.

Orange: As seen in this Fennel Chicken recipe, orange makes for a flavorful complement to lots of chicken dishes, just like this easy to make Orange Chicken and Rice.
Lemon: Sometimes the simplest ingredient combos are the most delicious! See how lemon transforms a simple chicken dish like Lemon Feta Chicken.
Lime: With a slightly more formidable flavor than its other citrus cousins, lime works a treat in spicy dishes like this Spicy Mango Chicken.

Chicken and Rice Recipe Tips

Chicken and rice is such a delicious combo when put together in the right recipe, it only makes sense to explore some other meal options with a bunch of quick tips thrown in! See our blog post on Easy Tips for Making Chicken and Rice Recipes to learn how to up your chicken and rice game!

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