Thursday, August 29, 2013

Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken (with Quinoa)

I saw this recipe on a friend's Facebook page and liked it immediately!   It had fun ingredients, and looked super easy and delicious!

...and it was.

I also loved that, even raw, it already looked pretty! =)

and even better after it was cooked!

This was Really easy and was a big hit with the whole family!   Will definitely be making this pretty often! =)

1/4 cup olive oil

4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons brown sugar or honey

2 whole lemons, one juiced and one sliced

2 whole oranges, one juiced and one sliced

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

10-12 pieces (about 4 1/2 lbs.) bone-in chicken parts (thighs and legs are best), pat dry

1 medium onion (any kind), thinly sliced

1 teaspoon dried thyme, or fresh chopped

1 tablespoon dried rosemary, or fresh chopped
Chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley), for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic, sugar, lemon juice, orange juice, Italian seasoning, paprika, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.

Place chicken in a rimmed 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Place parts skin side up and spread them out evenly in the pan. Pour olive oil mixture all over chicken, turning pieces to coat all sides. (If you marinated the chicken in this mixture, still add it all in). Arrange slices of lemon, orange and onion around and under the chicken. Sprinkle all over generously with thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Bake uncovered for about 1 hour, or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear. Remove parts to a serving platter and garnish with additional chopped fresh herbs, if desired.

For the quinoa - measure out two parts water to two parts quinoa (I used 1.5 cups of quinoa for our family).   Boil the water, add three chicken bouillon cubes (or one for every cup of water), then add the quinoa.   Let it come to a boil again and then turn it down to medium and put the lid on until all of the moisture has cooked out.    Serve chicken over quinoa.


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