Adapted from Bon Appetit via Epicurious
“Orange Chicken”, as we call this at home, is an old favorite of ours because of the great sauce. It combines the sweet, fresh flavors of orange juice and honey with the spiciness of grainy mustard, and a bit of chipotle pepper thrown in for warmth. A good sauce transforms about anything into something special, even the humble chicken thigh. Roasted broccoli is good for helping getting the last specks of sauce – otherwise, you might be tempted to lick your plate. [Go ahead, we’re not looking…]
- 6 bone-in chicken thighs, with skin
- 2 T olive oil or coconut oil
- 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup whole-grain Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced (or more if you like more heat)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken and saute until browned on both sides (especially the skin side).
Remove chicken from skillet and pour off all but about 1 tablespoon of fat. (Bonus Tip: Toss some broccoli with some of the extra fat and roast it! Mmm!)
Return skillet to medium-high heat and add minced garlic to pan. Saute briefly (around 30 seconds), then add orange juice, mustard, chicken broth, rosemary, honey, and chipotle pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil. Boil for a few minutes, whisking occasionally.
Reduce heat to low and return chicken to the pan. Partially cover, and allow to simmer for around 20 minutes, until chicken is done. Uncover and allow sauce to reduce until thick enough to coat a spoon. (This may take about ten minutes. You may need to turn the heat up to medium-low.)
A classic dish deserves a classic artist, and they don’t get much more so than Harry Nilsson. We watched the moving and loving film, Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? the other night. Highly, highly recommended look at the Beatles favorite artist, and one of the legendary songwriters and singers of our time.
And then I discovered one of his lps hiding in the stacks, and what a find it is. Aerial Pandemonium Ballet, which features “Everybody’s Talkin'”, “One”, and the incredible “Without Her”. This guy never got the credit he was due, either for his voice, or what he did with it. Timeless, beautiful creations.