The Hunger Games: Lunch with Cinna (Chicken in Orange Sauce)

This is an ongoing series of food related to The Hunger Games, here are the links to the other recipes- Peeta’s raisin nut bread, the bakery bread Katniss and Gale ate in the woods, the Capitol pancakes, District 11 bread (crescent rolls with seeds), Mellark’s Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts, Goose Liver and Puffy Bread, Lamb Stew and Dried Plums, Cake on Fire, Hot Chocolate,

Cinna invites me to sit on one of the couches and takes his place across from me.  He presses a button on the side of the table.  The top splits from below rises a second tabletop that holds our lunch.  Chicken and chunks of oranges cooked in a creamy sauce laid on a bed of pearly white grain, tiny green peas and onions, rolls shaped like flowers, and for dessert, a pudding the color of honey.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 65

My friend was really excited to make this.  To her this recipe was super important, because Katniss describes how she would create this dish at home.  I really like Cinna.  He might be my second favorite character.  Katniss is my fav!  Cinna is awesome to though!  When he creates clothing he makes a statement and every outfit he makes for Katniss has a point.  I love it!

This was an easy recipe to make.  The flavors were interesting.  I have never had orange pieces with my chicken.  It was good.  The sauce was a bit too thick.  The original recipe said to take the chicken and the orange out of the sauce and let the sauce cook longer.  I changed the recipe.  I don’t think the sauce needs to cook more, it just made it thicker.

Chicken in Orange Sauce


  • 2  chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 3/4 cup lowfat milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1  orange
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Season the chicken cubes with salt and pepper. Toss with flour until well coated.

2. Melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the chicken pieces one at a time and cook in the butter until golden brown, turning after a few minutes on each side.

3. Add the milk, cream, and orange juice concentrate. Stir until the concentrate is melted and all the ingredients are combined. Lower heat.

4. Cut the ends off the orange, then slice the sides off, making sure to cut off all the rind. Cut the orange flesh out from between the membranes and then cut those orange slices in half to get orange chunks.

5. Add the orange chunks to the skillet and stir until coated in the sauce. Let the orange chunks warm up, about 5 minutes.

6. Serve chicken and orange sauce on top of white rice.

This recipe was adapted from Fictional Food.

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