Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Citrus Roasted Chicken

With the wedding less than 150 days away I like to play around with healthy recipes for dinner. I came across this recipe from The original recipe called for drumsticks but I was looking for a healthier approach and used boneless skinless chicken breast.

 1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp sugar
2 whole lemons, one sliced, one juiced
2 whole oranges, one sliced, one juiced
2 tablespoons italian seasoning
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp red crushed pepper flakes
kosher salt and pepper to taste
4 1/2 pounds chicken (breast or drumsticks)
1 medium onion
dried thyme
additional herbs (rosemary, parsley, etc)

Preheat oven to 400 F. In a small bowl whisk olive oil, garlic, sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Place chicken in a 13x9 dish, skin side up. Pour the olive mixture over the chicken coating all sides of the meat. (You can marinate the chicken before if desired. I marinated the breast for 1 hour before cooking). Arrange the lemon, orange, and onion slices around and under the chicken. Sprinkle any remaining herbs on top of the chicken.

If using drum sticks, bake for an hour or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear. With the breast, it only needs to be cooked 30 -40 minutes. It doesn't get as nice of a brown color as the drum sticks do, but is still tasty!

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