Easy Citrus Chicken

Easy Citrus Chicken

It’s been quiet around here, hasn’t it? I know you all think I’ve abandoned my site, or I’m lying in a ditch somewhere, but that’s not the case! I’ve just been really busy with another project that I’ll introduce here soon. It’s no excuse, I know. But I’m back and I have a couple of new recipes for the week.

Somehow it’s January already, and January means resolution season. For lots of people that means detoxing from the Christmas cookies and New Year’s hangovers. For other people, it’s a pledge to eat at home more often and save money. Whether your resolution is physically or financially motivated, this recipe should help you keep your resolve while still eating well. Because if you’re not eating well this year, it’s not going to be a good one.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can throw everything in a baking dish and stick it in the oven with minimal chopping and prepping. Chicken thighs, slices of orange and lemon, shallots, olive oil, salt and pepper. The shallots caramelize and sweet, while the citrus brightens the dish up. It’s a happy kind of dish and a wonderful way to start the new year.

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21 Comments

  1. Glad to see you are back in the kitchen, I have missed your recipes!
    Happy New Year!
    Stacey

  2. Welcome back! The photo of the chicken dish is beautiful, and I love the idea of being able to use the abundance of citrus we have right now.

  3. Welcome back! I love citrus with chicken, what a great use for all of the oranges that are finally ripening on my trees. Thanks

  4. Look’s light and healthy. Glad to see you are back.

  5. Yea!! Glad to see you’re back. I missed your recipes which have such a wonderful creative and [mostly :-) ] healthly vibe. Happy 2011!

  6. Do you think cilantro would be good in this?

  7. Thanks everyone! Good to be back :)

    Beth – cilantro would be great! I just didn’t have any fresh herbs when I made it…

  8. Welcome back. You were missed. Just wanted to let you know we tried your turkey breast with the bacon and pear jam and all the goodies in the middle. It was wonderful. The only bad part was there was not one leftover. I’m looking forward to more of your recipes in 2011.

    Happy New Year!

  9. Ooooooh. Passing this to my hubby, who has a new passion for cooking. Welcome back!

  10. I miss your recipes too! Almost all things you make are quick and healthy and interesting!:)

  11. made it tonight and loved it. It seems wrong that something so simple can be so delicious! Nice yo have you back Mel .

  12. Welcome back … I too have missed your recipes, photos of, and commentary!!

  13. I made this for dinner last night for my husband, and we both loved it! I had bone-in pork chops in the fridge so we subbed those for the chicken (three large chops); and the citrus I used was one Meyer lemon, one regular lemon, two clementines, and one lime. I also added four small cloves of garlic and a handful of cranberries. I didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand so I skipped that step. The moment my husband took a bite, he started raving about how good it was; and he wants me to add it to the regular rotation. I served it with a plain buttered potato (and I fished out all the carmelized shallots and piled them atop the plated chops). So tasty! Glad to have you back in action!

  14. Love this dish! So easy and such a simple idea packed with color and flavor! Using the combo or oranges and lemons is a nice touch too – If someone just wanted to use one citrus fruit, I bet meyer lemons would be a good choice (kinda in between a lemon and orange) or even a touch of fresh tarragon would be a cool twist – although I do like the idea of cilantro from Beth above.
    Thanks!

  15. I have been wanting to make this since you first posted it. I finally made it for dinner tonight and added some red chilies for a little bit of heat. Great dish. Thanks!

  16. Amazing! I am all about citrus with chicken. I just had fresh thyme and blood oranges, was really really tasty.
    Thanks from Hamburg (Germany)

  17. I love your recipes…making the crumble pie again tonight but with apples instead. Looking forward to the chicken and serving it with rice and a spinach salad. Yum.

  18. Did you leave the baking dish covered while you baked it?

  19. Krista – No, I left it uncovered.

  20. It’s so nice to find great recipes that can be prepared (mostly) in advance. My husband’s currently using the oranges to bribe orioles to our deck, but I’ll sneak one out of his stash and try this chicken.

  21. Hello fellow food blogger! Love your blog and this citrus chicken is amazing.

    I was wondering, have you ever blog hopped before? We’d love it if you contributed this awesome chicken recipe to
    our blog hop on budget-friendly recipes. It’s a great way to get links back to your site. Hope to see

    you there!

    You can check out the blog hop here:

    http://www.recipelionblog.com/fabulous-food-friday-august-blog-hop/

    Thanks,
    Sarah @ Recipelion.com

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