Winter has come. Not in the Game of Thrones way where there are white walkers and ice zombies, but in a it snowed this weekend. And if you live in the tristate area you already know that New Yorkers lose their $hit when it snows. I have no idea why because we only got 4 inches of snow, which to me seems like next to nothing. But by the time I got out of work and went to the grocery store, the essential “blizzard” items such as milk, bread, frozen pizza and cereal were gone. But what’s better on a cold snowy night than a nice home cooked meal? So I grabbed some chicken and decided to make Baked Honey Orange Chicken.
This chicken turned out fabulous! I always worry about overcooking chicken breast and having it turn out dry but by cooking it with oranges it stayed nice and juicy. It also absorbed a lot of the honey orange flavor which was delicious. And the best part? It’s easy to prep and throw into the oven. There is minimal hands on cooking which is great during winter when all you want to do is snuggle on the couch….or watch football.
Citrus is in season right now and I’m trying to incorporate it into my cooking in many different ways. Orange chicken was on my list but I didn’t want to make the take out Chinese version. It is January after all and we are trying to be healthier. So as much as I would like to stuff my face with the deep fried greasy goodness of take out orange chicken, this was a delicious substitute.
Looking forward into the new year I’m excited for adventure! I’m going to two food blogging conferences and my mom is joining me after one in Charleston, SC for a mini road trip to Hilton Head. We are hoping to stay at the Disney resort there (we are obsessed with Disney) and are in the midst of planning a great adventure.
What are your plans for 2017? Do you have any favorite recipes that are the “skinny” version of their take out counterpart? Let me know in the comments section below!
Baked Honey Orange Chicken
- 2 Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 2 Navel Oranges
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- Pat dry chicken breasts and remove any excess fat.
- Thinly slice the navel oranges and set aside.
- Season chicken generously with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Prepare an 8X8 baking dish by spreading vegetable oil over the bottom of the dish. Place chicken in dish and cover with oranges.
- Drizzle honey over chicken.
- Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until chicken has cooked through. Enjoy!