This week as I was refilling some of my spices at the Fresh Market, I saw a bag labeled “Granulated Orange Peel” and thought it could become a great coating for chicken. And this is what became my dinner.
Ingredients for 2 : 2 chicken breasts, (1/4 cup of pistachio, 1 tsp of granulated orange peel, 1 tbsp of orange juice, 1 tbsp of maple, 1/16 tsp of salt, 1/32 tsp of pepper ) per chicken breast. 1 1/4 cup of chicken broth, 1/4 cup of mandarin orange, 1/4 cup of white wine, 1 tsp of flour,
In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of pistachio, 1 tsp of granulated orange peel, 1 tbsp of orange juice, 1 tbsp of maple, 1/16 tsp of salt, 1/32 tsp of pepper per breast and mix well. Place the chicken over a silpat or a flexipan and cover the chicken breast with this mixture. Cook in a warm oven for 13-15 minutes. Once it has cooked, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes for the chicken to reabsorbe all the juices. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce that you may add over the chicken. In a small saucepan melt 1 tbsp of butter and when the butter has melted add 1 tsp of flour. Make a roux ( cook until the flour is turning golden brown), throw in 1/4 cup of mandarin juice, 1/4 cup of white wine, 1/4 cup of chicken broth and stir over medium low temperature until it is thickening. Add a dash of salt and pepper, 1 tbsp of maple and stir. Drizzle over the chicken.
I serve my chicken with oven-roasted brocoli and apple ( recipe to follow)
Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!