Sticky Orange Chicken

Good morning!  It’s going to be a great day in the Pacific Northwest… we’re headed into several days in a row of warm, sunny weather for Memorial Day weekend. With temps in the mid 70’s and higher, it could even get to be warm and “sticky” outside… which is my horrible line to transition over to this wonderful entree I made last night… “Sticky Orange Chicken”!Sticky Orange Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I found this recipe from Rachael Ray (celebrity cook) on Pinterest a while back, but finally took the opportunity to make it last evening. This chicken entree was so easy to make, and it really has a great fresh flavor, thanks in part to the orange marmalade sauce, which is infused with extra flavor from chicken stock, fresh rosemary and thyme. YUM! The whole dish took under 30 minutes to prepare, from start to finish, and was absolutely delicious! This would be a great meal to fix, at the end of a long and busy day!

Note: The recipe as written serves 4.  My pictures only show 2 pieces of chicken. I only prepared 2 chicken breasts for my husband and myself, but kept the original quantity of sauce (just a little Public Service Announcement).

Here’s what you do to make this simple dish… first, gather ingredients together.  I’m fortunate enough to make my own orange marmalade, and I grow rosemary and thyme in my garden, so gathering this part of the recipe was a cinch! I also grabbed some apple cider vinegar, salt, and chicken stock from our pantry.

Sticky Orange Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I heated olive oil in a skillet until very hot. I lightly salted the chicken, then added them to the hot skillet. (The chicken breasts should sizzle as you put them into the hot skillet).  I let them sear, untouched, for 5 minutes, then turned them to other side and cooked them for another 5 minutes.  The chicken was cooked for 10 minutes total.

Sticky Orange Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Once the chicken was seared and browned on BOTH sides, I removed the chicken to a plate.

Sticky Orange Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I added apple cider vinegar to the hot skillet to de-glaze the pan. I then added the orange marmalade, chicken stock, fresh chopped rosemary and thyme.

Sticky Orange Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I whisked the sauce together and continued cooking it for 2-3 minutes. The sauce began to thicken up just a bit.

Sticky Orange Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I added the chicken breasts back into the sauce. I continued to cook the chicken in the sauce for 5-6 additional minutes, spooning the sauce over the tops of the chicken continuously as it cooked.

Sticky Orange Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Once the chicken was done cooking, I removed it to individual serving plates. I spooned a little of the sauce over the top of each chicken breast (then froze the rest of the sauce for another time), and served it with a side of rice, and broccoli. YUM!

Sticky Orange Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I sure hope you will give this recipe a try. Really EASY, QUICK, and YUMMY! Have a great day!

Sticky Orange Chicken / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/14441_Sticky_Orange_Chicken_with_Herbs_and_Sweet_Potatoes_with_Cider/

Sticky Orange Chicken
 
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Pan-seared chicken breasts, cooked in an orange marmalade, chicken stock, and herb based sticky sauce!
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt (just a pinch, to season each chicken breast lightly)
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup (heaping) orange marmalade
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
Directions
  1. Coat a stainless steel skillet with the olive oil. Heat until very hot.
  2. Lightly sprinkle each chicken breast with a tiny bit of salt. Add the chicken breasts to hot skillet. You should hear the oil sizzle when you add the chicken. Sear the chicken breasts, without moving them, for 5 minutes. Turn chicken over and continue to cook for 5 more minutes. Chicken should be golden brown on BOTH sides. When cooking time (total of 10 minutes) is done, remove chicken to a plate. Set aside.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar back into the skillet and de-glaze the pan.
  4. Add the orange marmalade, chicken stock, chopped rosemary and thyme. Whisk these together to combine. Continue cooking on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. The sauce will slightly thicken just a bit.
  5. Add the chicken breasts back into the sauce in the skillet. Continue to cook for 5-6 more minutes, spooning the sauce over the tops of each chicken breasts continuously, as they cook. Once chicken is done, remove chicken breasts to serving platter or individual plates. Spoon some of the sauce over each chicken breast.
  6. Serve with a side of rice or potatoes, and a veggie... and ENJOY!

 

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