Friday, October 10, 2008

Orange Chicken

Orange chicken turned out to be a real winner in our home. The sweet citrus taste of an orange juice reduction combined with the flavors of oven roasted chicken and the salad dressing blend very well to make anyone's taste buds do the boogaloo.

Orange Chicken -

Orange Juice Reduction:
1-6 oz. can of frozen orange juice concentrate
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup Grand Mariner (optional)
½ cup chicken drippings
Cook orange juice concentrate in a sauce pan on a medium heat until the consistency is like a light syrup. About 20 minutes.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter and some of the chicken drippings with fat removed.

Keep warm to serve over chicken.
Orange Chicken:

1- whole chicken cut-up - skin on (We used a pack of drumsticks and wings this time)
2 ounces olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons coarse salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 orange cut in half
1 lemon cut in half
Brush chicken pieces with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne on all sides. Brown in a an oven safe skillet or Dutch oven on all sides with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add lemon and orange juices from fresh cuts.

Place skillet or Dutch oven into a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes uncovered. Check temperature of largest piece it be at least 175 degrees before removing from oven.

Place chicken on a serving platter and generously ladle the reduction over the chicken.

As a weekend bonus you need to try this Creamy Artichoke and Guacamole dressing.

Over romaine lettuce, chopped red onion and tomato. Mix together your favorite homemade Ranch Dressing or 1 small bottle of regular Ranch dressing, 1 cup guacamole, one 10 ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts (drained). Add garlic to taste. Blend entire mix in food processor and chill. Serve over Salad.
Enjoy your weekend!


Marjie said...

Have you tried throwing mandarin oranges or pineapple in with your orange chicken? My hungry horde gobbles it!

Reeni said...

I have been having such a craving for Orange Chicken, this looks so good and easy to make! Have a great weekend too!

Aggie said...

I've never made orange chicken, but I think it will be a hit in our house too. This looks delicious Katherine!

Pam said...

Orange chicken is one of my favorites when I eat Chinese food. Your version looks and sounds tasty. Looking forward to trying it.

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Anonymous said...

Oh I think my taste buds would dance too with this combo!

Prudy said...

I have to have to have to make this soon. Looks fabulous.

Bridgett said...

Katherine, this sounds fantastic and I know it would be a hit with my husband. I will have to give this a try very soon!

Paula said...

Oh, I really like what you've done here with that orange chicken! I love citrus flavors, and this one looks like a winner! What a great idea to use the oj concentrate as well as the marmalade. Oh man, now I'm hungry!

Paula said...

Oops, meant to comment on the salad dressing, too. This sounds just full of flavor! I've never tried anything like it, but you can bet I will now!

Debbie said...

Orange chicken is sooo good. One day I will try to make it myself. Have only had it at restaurants.

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

OMG, this looks devine! I've been searching for an orange chicken recipe for awhile. Thanks for posting this. I am going to try it this week!