Orangey Chicken

orangychicken
Original Recipe: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=871143

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried thyme (MY recipe, I used fresh mint)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white or black pepper
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (**I used 6 TJ frozen boneless  /skinless chicken tenderloins)
2 small to medium oranges (I used California naval oranges)
3 tbsp rice-wine vinegar  (**I had Rice vinegar, and white wine vinegar… I did half of each, and it tasted great!)
2 tbsp honey ( **I recommend to use local, raw honey)1. In a glass dish, mix together the oil, thyme (**or fresh mint),
salt, and pepper for a quick marinade.
2. Place the chicken flat on a cutting board, remove
any fat, and slice each breast into quarters
so that you have 1- to 1-1/2-inch thick strips. Add
the meat to the marinade and toss to coat. Cover
and place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. (**OR, put the frozen chicken tenderloins directly into marinade, the fat already removed and they do NOT need to be thawed.)
(You can also do this in the morning.)
3. Zest the orange by using a grater to remove
just the orange part of the peel (not the white
pith). Using a sharp knife, cut away the remaining
peel and pith, then, holding the fruit over a
bowl to catch the juice, cut sections from the
orange, working in a V fashion to cut away any
membrane. Reserve the fruit and juice for the
sauce. (**I did this directly over a juicer to catch everything, but filter out the seeds and pith)
4. Preheat a nonstick skillet to moderate heat.
Spray with nonstick cooking spray (**Or use 2 turns of olive oil), then add
the chicken once the pan is hot. Discard the
marinade. Cook the chicken until firm and no
longer pink, about 5 minutes.
5. While the meat is cooking, place the vinegar
and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a
boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the mixture
is reduced by half. Add the orange, juice,
and the zest to the sauce, stir, and remove from
the heat. Divide the chicken onto 4 plates and
pour the sauce over the meat.
I served this with white rice and Trader Joe’s green beans that I had sauteed in a skillet with olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper until done. Whole meal under 500 calories! (not including my wine… 🙂  )

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