Easy Like a Sunday // Orange baked chicken thighs

Easy Like a Sunday // Orange baked chicken thighs

This is another recipe I spotted in House & Garden and have adapted to what I had in. I was really impressed by their recipe section, and have realised I can subscribe on my iPad which removes the guilt of having piles of mags hanging around the house! Their recipe came with an olive and feta relish but I had a cauliflower to use up so had the chicken with cauli cheese and some beautiful new potatoes (woo, Spring must be around the corner!) from my box. I always change any olive oil in a hot recipe to good quality rapeseed oil as it holds it's chemical structure under high temperatures making it a much healthier and tastier choice. This recipe is a lovely alternative to a roast joint, but also good when cold with a salad. It's super easy but marinade the chicken the evening before to best make use of the flavours.

Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.
Retreat // Food and lifestyle blog based in Sussex. Photography by Emma Gutteridge.

Easy Like a Sunday // Orange baked chicken thighs

Recipe Type

:

Meat

Prep time:

10 mins

Cook time:

45 mins

Total time:

55 mins

Serves:

2-3

Ingredients

  • For the marinade:
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed or grated
  • Juice of 2 oranges and zest of 1
  • 4 tbp rapeseed oil
  • Other ingredients:
  • 4-6 good quality chicken thighs, skin on and bone in
  • 1tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 smallish oranges - best with thinner skins, sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Trim any loose bits of skin off the chicken thighs and mix together the ingredients for the marinade. Marinade for at least 4 hours or even better, overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 190°c and take the chicken out of the marinade, shaking off any excess. Now heat some oil in a pan and brown all the chicken thighs on each side.
  3. Transfer the thighs onto a baking pan and pour over any juices that are in the pan you browned them in.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20 mins and meanwhile arrange the slices of one of your oranges in the bottom of an oven dish which will hold all your chicken.
  5. Bring the chicken out of the oven and transfer to your dish on top of the oranges. Now arranges the slices of the other orange on top.
  6. Bake for a further 20 mins.

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