Heart Healthier Orange Chicken

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While ‘Orange Chicken’ is a delectable take-out choice, it’s not particularly heart-healthy. So I was thrilled to read Genevieve Ko’s New York Times article, In This Roasted Orange Chicken, Every Part of the Fruit Shines, and the accompanying heart-healthier recipe.

Ms. Ko’s Roasted Orange Chicken preparation calls for a whole chicken, which is great if you’re into carving, but that’s a great big NO for me, especially on a weeknight. Luckily, this recipe works really well with a ready-to-go  package of chicken thighs. I made it even easier on myself with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Here it is, ready to pop into the oven…

The adjustments I made to this easy, delicious recipe were:

  • For boneless skinless thighs, I roasted it at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, and did baste it. BUT that’s not enough time for the marinade to thicken, so you need to remove the chicken (good to let it rest for a few minutes anyway) and pour the cooked marinade into a saucepan then cook on medium-high heat for 5+ minutes until it thickens.  Mine never got thick enough but I was hungry so didn’t let it cook down long enough — still delicious.
  • I used mandarin oranges as didn’t have clementines or tangerines.
  • As per the comments, I cut back a bit on the brown sugar.
  • I don’t care for a lot of ginger, so I used some from a squeeze tube instead of fresh ginger, and just added it to the marinade.
  • I used a 13x9x2 Pyrex pan because, well, I really should get a cast iron / oven-proof skillet but…

Since the oven was on anyway, I roasted broccoli florets and an orange pepper (slick with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 400 degrees) while I was preparing the chicken and the rice cooker was humming along. I also steamed some string beans.

To serve, just mound rice on a plate, add the chicken and the veggies and then spoon/pour on the delicious orange sauce.  Easy, delicious AND heart-healthy.

If you prefer a PDF version, here’s mine:
Roasted Orange Chicken Recipe – NYT Cooking

I hope you give this a whirl – we really enjoyed it.

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