Hello all– It’s been been fun to sit down to dinner this week. My sis, Luanne and her husband are staying with us for a couple weeks, on their summer home from Kosovo. Mostly we’ve been cooking together and working on a couple sewing projects and watching a whole lot of the Olympics.
So here was dinner a couple nights back. Citrus flavor with a bit of spice glazing the chicken, and toasty roasted potatoes rounding out the plate. Add a bright salad and a couple congenial houseguests. Just great.
CITRUS CHILI CHICKEN
12 red potatoes, cut into wedges
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. garlic salt
6 chicken thighs
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
25 good olives
1 cup chicken broth
1 tab. cornstarch
Cut the potatoes into wedges. Put them in a glass bowl with an inch of water and cook for 5 minutes in the microwave. Drain the water from the potatoes and spread them on a baking sheet. Drizzle on the olive oil and sprinkle the garlic salt over the top.
Remove the skin from the chicken thighs (You can leave it on if you don’t mind the fat). Set them in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Juice the lime and pour the juice over the chicken thighs.
Grate the peel from the orange and save. Juice the orange and then in a mixing bowl stir together the orange juice, orange peel, smoked paprika, chili powder and salt. Pour the mixture over the chicken.
Pop the chicken in the baking dish and the baking sheet of potatoes into a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Take out the chicken and baste the chicken with the juices in the baking dish. Cook the potatoes and chicken 20 minutes more.
When they are done, lift the chicken thighs and potatoes onto a platter. Sprinkle the olives over the top. Cover to keep warm.
Pour the juices from the chicken baking dish into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. In a container with a tight fitting lid shake together the chopped cilantro, chicken broth and cornstarch until it is all well blended. Pour into the sauce pan with the juice and stir until the sauce thickens.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve it up warm with a crispy salad and a chunk of sturdy bread. Enjoy!