Honey Orange Glazed Chicken

It's Halloween.  If you have children, you're probably gearing up to take them Trick-or-Treating tonight. If you don't have children, most likely you will still see many tonight, dressed in costumes that range from a walking robot to a fairy tale princess and many, many in between, while you hand out goodies to children who are participating in the Halloween tradition.

Either way, with the days getting shorter, kids hit the streets fairly early to maximize the daylight.  Whether you're asking for or handing out, candy isn't the best option for dinner (although it does sound tempting.)  Have no fear, below is a super quick dinner with ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen.  While I don't eat meat, I do make it for my loved ones, and this recipe received rave reviews.

It was adapted from "A Taste of Honey: The Definitive Guide to Tasting and Cooking With 40 Varietals" and found in the Food section of the Washington Post.   

Ingredients:  

  • 1+ pound chicken breasts (the recipe called for thighs, but these worked great) 
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce or tamari

Directions:

  1. Mince the garlic (I used a garlic press) and stir fry in the oil for about 15 seconds, making sure it browns but not burns.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high; add the chicken and cook undisturbed for 5 minutes, then turn over and cook for 4 minutes on the other side.
  3. After the four minutes, stir in the orange juice and honey.  Once it starts to boil, add the soy sauce and increase the heat to high.  Cook for 2-3 minutes until the liquid reduces to a saucy glaze.  
  4. I prepared in a dutch oven on the stove, but the instructions call for a pan, so either would work.  I also topped the pot with it's lid for about a minute towards the end and let it simmer, turning every 20 seconds or so, until the chicken was covered in the thick sauce.  It will set up like BBQ sauce on the chicken and there should be plenty to add on top when you plate the chicken.  

Serve over a bed of rice, quinoa or lettuce for a quick and healthy meal. Unfortunately, there's no "after" photo, because it was gobbled up before I could snap a shot. 

Enjoy!