Orange Marinated Chicken (photo)

Orange Marinated Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (4 pounds if buying bone-in)
  • 6 oranges, peeled and seeded, coarsely chopped (or 2-3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a 7-ounce-can of chipotle chili peppers in adobo
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh marjoram leaves (or oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried of either)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Chopped fresh parsley and orange slices for garnish

Method

1 In a blender or food processor, combine the chopped oranges, onion, chipotle in adobo, garlic, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and salt. Pulse a few times to make a coarse purée.

2 Put boneless chicken thighs between two sheets of wax paper and pound with a meat hammer until an even thickness of about 1/2-inch. Combine the chicken pieces and the orange marinade together either in a bowl or in a ziplock freezer bag. Refrigerate overnight.

3 Heat olive oil in a large cast iron pan on medium high heat. Remove chicken pieces from the marinade, wiping off excess (but not all) marinade. Working in batches, cook the chicken pieces for 5 minutes on each side.

Serve over rice or Spanish rice.