Thursday, January 9, 2014

Herbed Orange Chicken

This is one healthy dish I often serve my family. My 3 boys love it! It's baked, chicken breasts as main, coated and soaked in fresh orange juice, mixed herbs and spices. I can go rice less  with this viand with just some crackers to match.

Servings: 3-4
Ingredients:
  • 4 Chicken breasts (skin removed and sliced thinly)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated quickmelt cheese or Parmesan cheese
  • slice remaining half orange thinly 
  • 1 cup of sliced baby potatoes or any vegetable of your choice. 
  • 1 cup fresh parsley (chopped)

Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup of fresh orange juice or half an orange squeezed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 whole fresh garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

To Marinate:
  • In a bowl, rinse chicken, drain.
  • Season chicken breasts with 2 tbsp olive oil, spread evenly, add a little if necessary.
  • In a separate bowl, mix fresh orange juice, minced garlic, thyme, oregano, salt & pepper.
  • Pour orange & herb mixture with the chicken breasts then spread evenly.
  • Marinate chicken for 10-15 minutes.
Cooking Directions:
  • Heat oven at 200C.
  • Grease your baking dish with 2 tbsp olive oil or butter.
  • Arrange marinated chicken on baking dish, spread evenly.
  • Top with chopped baby potatoes and parsley.
  • Pour remaining marinade with the chicken including the juice. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes. 
  • After 20 minutes, gently remove baking dish out of the oven. Careful it's hot!
  • Top baked chicken with grated quickmelt cheese and orange slices.
  • Then bake it again for another 3-5 minutes.
In case you're wondering why you have to bake the cheese over the chicken separately... For me, I just want to avoid the cheese from browning too much that might give the dish a burnt taste. You can also use Mozzarella cheese as topping.

Enjoy!



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