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EASY ORANGE CHICKEN

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Posted to Thread #79 at 3:07 am on Dec 5, 2008

EASY ORANGE CHICKEN

As the chicken cooks, the seasoned-flour coating thickens the orange juice into a wonderful sauce. Be sure to use the juice from fresh oranges, the recipe doesn't work as well with orange juice from concentrate.

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used a very rounded 1/4 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder (I used a very rounded 1/2 tsp)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (I used a very rounded 1/2 tsp)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (I used about 1 tsp)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
(I also added about 1 tsp onion powder
6 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/2 pounds) (I used 3 large)
2 tablespoons cooking oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
3 oranges, juice of (1 cup juice) (I used about 2 extra Tbsp)
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)*See note below
Hot cooked rice (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a large plastic bag, combine flour, salt, curry powder, garlic powder, and pepper; add chicken and shake to coat, reserving any extra flour mixture. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken breasts and cook about 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once. (I cooked all three chicken breast halves at the same time, in 2 Tbsp oil, about 2 - 2 1/2 minutes per side). Transfer chicken to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Repeat with remaining chicken and oil. Stir any remaining flour mixture into pan drippings in skillet. Remove from heat.
3. Carefully pour orange juice into flour mixture in skillet; stir until smooth. Pour juice mixture over chicken.
3. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, (I baked the chicken for about 25 minutes, basting occasionally), or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Serve over hot cooked rice, if desired. (I served it with saffron rice with a very light orange flavor).

*Note: If oranges are not sweet, add 1 teaspoon sugar to orange juice before adding to skillet.

Makes 6 servings (or 3 generous servings).

Edited from Hometown Cooking



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