Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Orange Chicken


-2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
-1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
-Salt and ground black pepper
-1/2 cup chicken stock (or one bouillon cube dissolved in 1/2 cup water)
-4 to 5 thyme sprigs
-1/4 cup orange marmalade
-2 lemons, 1 sliced into rings, 1 zested and juiced

*Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
*Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with about 2 tbsp. olive oil.
*Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, and sear until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.
*Transfer the chicken pieces to an ovenproof dish and place into the oven to finish cooking, about 20 minutes.
*Place the skillet the chicken was cooked in back over medium-high heat and deglaze the pan with a couple of tsp. of water, scraping up any bits that may have stuck to the bottom.
*Add the chicken stock, thyme sprigs, marmalade, lemon slices and zest to the pan and bring to a bubble.
*Reduce the heat to medium low and reduce the sauce until thick and syrupy, 8-10 minutes.
*Remove and discard the thyme sprigs, add in the lemon juice from the zested lemon and toss the chicken in pan with the glaze to coat.

Serve with white rice or eat plain! Bon appetit!

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