Honey Orange Spiced Chicken

IMG_9735Hello cooking friends–  Here’s a nifty prep ahead recipe– easy to get in and out of the oven when you’ve got a busy day.  The marinade layers on loads of flavor and the meat comes out hot and tender.  I do think you’ll like it…

8 bone in chicken thighs
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup orange juice *
1 tab. finely grated orange peel
2 tab. honey
2 cloves garlic, minced fine
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 cup olive oil
a few grinds of freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

I take the skin off of the chicken thighs (personal preference)– You can do that or leave it on. Then whisk together the rest of the ingredients and pour them over the chicken thighs in a storage container with a lid.

Pop them in the fridge and marinate them all day ( 8 hours)– or overnight.

Nestle the chicken thighs into a baking dish and pour the marinade from the container over the chicken.  Bake it up at 400 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes– basting the chicken with the juices in the baking dish 3 or 4 times during baking.

Heap the chicken on a pretty platter with rice or couscous or roasted potatoes– or eat it cold for a picnic lunch!

*1 medium orange should do it for the peel and orange juice.

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