Orange Marmalade Chicken

Sticky and juicy, this orange marmalade chicken recipe is quick and easy and perfect for a weeknight dinner. Made using a glaze with my favourite marmalade with no added sugar!  This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.

Orange Marmalade Chicken Recipe (gluten-free, easy)
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I first stumbled on this ridiculously simple orange marmalade chicken recipe in Nigel Slater’s cookbook Eat. Being a fan of sweet, sticky chicken, I thought it looked and sounded delicious and I loved the idea of using marmalade for the glaze. After all, citrus and poultry are a match made in heaven.

I changed the amounts of the orange marmalade slightly and I’ve added some lemon juice to cut through the sweetness, but other than that the recipe is close to the original. I made a side of steamed greens and carrots to go with this dish and got big thumbs up for this meal.


How To Make Baked Orange Marmalade Chicken

How to Make Orange Marmalade chicken
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To make the glaze, I use a brand of orange marmalade called St.Dalfour. They make preserves with no added cane sugar and all-natural ingredients. I believe this is widely available in many countries.

Marmalade, like honey or other sweeteners, is still sort of sugar (let’s not kid ourselves), so if you’re avoiding all sweet things, then you might want to skip this one. Just FYI, you’re looking at about 10 grams of carbs/sugar per serving, so if that’s within your macros, then definitely give this recipe a go!

I only made two servings, but if you’re doing a bigger batch of chicken, you’re looking at the following ratios of the glaze mix: 2 teaspoons marmalade + 1 teaspoon mustard + 1 teaspoon lemon juice per chicken piece (depending on the size of the thigh or drumstick). You can also use chicken wings or chicken breasts for this dish.

Once you mix the glaze, simply cover the chicken in the second half of cooking so it doesn’t burn.

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Sticky marmalade chicken
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Sticky Orange Marmalade Chicken (Gluten-Free)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Irena Macri (Adapted from Nigel Slater's)
Servings: 2
Course: Main
Cuisine: British
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4.94 from 15 votes
Calories: 450kcal
This orange marmalade chicken recipe is quick and easy and perfect for a weeknight dinner. Made using a glaze with my favourite marmalade with no added sugar, it's got a lovely sticky finish and is very juicy. Serve with a side of steamed veg for a healthy meal.


  • 2 chicken drumsticks skin on
  • 2 chicken thighs skin on or off
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • A generous pinch of ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade I use this brand with no added sugar
  • 4 teaspoons wholegrain mustard I use this brand which has very little sugar added
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F.
  • Place the chicken pieces (skin side up) on a flat baking tray covered with foil or parchment paper. I used foil as I was at a friend's house but ideally you would want to use parchment paper. Otherwise, drizzle the tray with some olive oil. The parchment paper is mostly there to catch any sweet juices and to prevent them from sticking to your tray, which is a pain in the a** to clean.
  • So, the chicken is on the tray, not sprinkle with pieces with salt and some pepper. Put the tray in the oven, middle shelf, and bake for 17 minutes.
  • In the meantime, mix together the marmalade, mustard and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside.
  • After 15 minutes, remove the chicken and spread the marmalade over the top. Place the tray back in the oven for 15 more minutes. Prepare a side of vegetables or a salad while it's cooking.


Nutritional information is calculated for chicken with skin on.


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 874mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Chicken Drumstick Recipe, Chicken Recipes, Sugar-Free, Marinade
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Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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  1. 5 stars
    I love how simple this is! I bet it would be a great dish for the pressure cooker too. I haven’t seen that marmalade brand, but I’m definitely going to be on the lookout because sweet and savory is my favorite. I can’t wait to try this.

  2. 5 stars
    That marmalade sauce looks so flavorful and drool-worthy! I love combining sweet and savory together in recipes and this one looks like a winner.

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Great recipe and so easy, thank you. I cooked it with some roast potato, pumpkin with carrots and peas on the side. My husband said it was a keeper!

  4. 5 stars
    I only had Smucker’s marmalade and a horseradish mustard on hand and had different chicken pieces than the recipe so I used the recipe as guide so I had enough Glaze for each piece and I mixed the glaze to taste. All 3 of my Guys Loved it! They all want this as a frequent dish. Thank you so much for this recipe!

    1. Wow, horseradish mustard sounds pretty amazing! I’m glad your guys loved it. The recipe definitely works with any cut of chicken.

  5. 5 stars
    I am using this Make of Marmalade but it is the Orange and Ginger flavor. In a word Scrumptious

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. Very easy and the result is so good that you almost feel as though you are cheating.
    The chicken + rice + stir fried pak choi/broccoli/vegetable of choice is on the table in less than an hour.
    As a Brit we have a great range of marmalades and wholegrain mustards but I do like the sound of the ginger marmalade that Ian mentioned

    1. Glad you enjoyed it and yes, you have some fabulous marmalades and mustards in the UK.

  7. 5 stars
    A simple, easy recipe which produces great results. My dinner guests were impressed and asked for the recipe.

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