Sunday, 5 July 2015

Orange & Lemon Chicken Traybake

Orange & Lemon Chicken is a real family favourite recipe in the Foodie Quine household, particularly with my daughter who regularly requests that I make it. She did go to a nursery called Oranges & Lemons when she was a baby, perhaps they indoctrinated her?! It's nearly a one pan dish as all the chicken elements are done as a traybake in the oven with some of the juices from them then being served over the cous cous. Quick and Easy to prepare and really tasty. If you struggle with cooking cous cous do check out this guide as to how to cook couscous from Bintu at Recipes from a Pantry.


Foodie Quine - Orange & Lemon Chicken Traybake Recipe



I tend to use whatever Marmalade I have lurking in the cupboard, it works really well with pretty much any variation. I've used everything from traditional Seville through to pink grapefruit and even those with Champagne or Whisky. 

Telegraph Food have been running a series of Readers Recipes and when they put out a request for orange recipes I submitted mine and it was included in their roundup. They described it as Bright and cheery: the orange chicken traybake. Others chosen were Hot Orange Salad, Vodka & Orange Marmalade Cake and Chocolate Truffles with Orange and Sichuan pepper


Foodie Quine - Orange & Lemon Chicken Traybake Recipe
Foodie Quine - Orange & Lemon Chicken Traybake Recipe

ORANGE & LEMON CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS
8 Chicken Thighs
2 Oranges
Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
2 Red Onions
Bunch of Fresh Thyme
4 heaped tablespoons Marmalade
Salt and Pepper
250g Cous Cous
Chicken Stock Cube
250ml water

METHOD
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
Mix together the lemon zest and juice, 2 tablespoons of the marmalade, and the juice of one of the oranges.
Cut the remaining orange into wedges and do the same with the red onions.
Make two slashes in each chicken thigh and slip in a sprig of thyme.
Put the chicken into a large ovenproof dish and nestle the orange and red onion wedges in between.
Pour over the juice mixture, spoon the remaining marmalade on top of each chicken thigh and season the whole dish with salt and pepper.
Cook 35-45 minutes, or until the chicken is golden on top and cooked through.
Ten minutes before the chicken is ready make up the cous cous with 250ml of water and a chicken stock cube.
Before serving use a baster or spoon to remove half of the juices from the chicken. Mix this through the cous cous along with a handful of thyme leaves.

Foodie Quine - Orange & Lemon Chicken Traybake Recipe

Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of St. Clement's
You owe me five farthings, Say the bells of St. Martin's.
When will you pay me? Say the bells of Old Bailey.
When I grow rich, Say the bells of Shoreditch.
When will that be? Say the bells of Stepney.
I do not know, Says the great bell of Bow.

Foodie Quine - Orange & Lemon Chicken Traybake Recipe

The sharpness and acidity of citrus fruit works really well in savoury dishes. I asked my fellow food bloggers if they had any more savoury zesty recipes to share and here's what they came up with. 

Orange, Lemon and Allspice Chicken by Recipes from a Pantry
Cuban Chicken with Orange & Lime by Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary
Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons by Farmersgirl Kitchen



26 comments :

  1. This looks lovely, definitely one for me to bookmark and try soon!

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    1. Thank you, do let me know if you make it. Its a real family favourite!

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  2. Lovely recipe, and a great use of a half pot of marmalade - I have a half pot of crystallised in the fridge that I can add some water to and use.

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    1. The perfect #lovefoodhatewaste solution!

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  3. Can't beat a Traybake for an easy meal and clean up. Love the citrus flavours too.

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    1. You can really ring the changes with a traybake, so versatile. Less washing up always a bonus!

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  4. I am a fan of orange and lemon together so I love this recipe.

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    1. Your slow cooker version with allspice sounds like a great combination.

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  5. Thank you for sharing, look so delicious.
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    1. Glad to hear that you like the look and sound of it.

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  6. the colours in this dish look fantastic and I'm genuinely growing hungry looking at it.

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    1. It is a nice and colourful one to look at. Glad to hear it got your mouth watering.

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  7. Yum, what a lovely way to use marmalade!

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    1. No one in the house really likes Marmalade on toast bar me so its a good way to use it.

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  8. I have done lemon chicken but orange and lemon chicken sounds divine. I must try it

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    1. Interestingly I'm really not keen on lemon chicken but together with orange I love it.

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  9. I love citrus fruits with chicken so this would be ideal for me! Thank you for joining in with #CookBlogShare x

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    1. It works really well as a flavour combination #CookBlogShare

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  10. Love traybakes! Have bookmarked this one.

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    1. They really are so quick and easy - and not too much washing up!

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  11. This looks lovely. I've never used marmalade with chicken although I have used it on a ham. I definitely want to be a bit more adventurous now!

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    1. It sounds a bit strange but I promise that it works really well.

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  12. Corrrrrr, what a great mix of flavours Claire and the perfect one pot dish :)
    Janie x
    PS thanks for entering it into Tea Time Treats Linky Party, you can find the round up here; http://hedgecombers.com/2015/09/29/tea-time-treats-round-up-sept-2015/

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    1. For lazy days you can't beat a one pot supper! Off to check out the #TeaTimeTreats roundup.

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  13. What a fantastic way to use up that last little bit of marmalade lurking in the bottom of the jar! Yum!

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    1. It's so tasty that its worth opening up a new jar to make!

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