Grilled Chicken a L’ Orange

by Olivia

This Grilled Chicken a L’Orange is a delightful choice. With a citrusy marinade and a rich orange sauce, this chicken is sure to impress. Let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Citrusy Flavor: The orange zest and juice add a refreshing and tangy taste to the chicken.
  • Juicy Chicken: Marinating and grilling the chicken breasts ensures they stay juicy and tender.
  • Delicious Sauce: The orange sauce is rich and flavorful, perfectly complementing the grilled chicken.
  • Easy to Make: Simple steps and ingredients make this dish perfect for any occasion.
  • Cuisine Type: American
  • Servings: Makes about 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 55-75 minutes (including marinating time)

Ingredients:

For the Marinade:

  • 1 orange, grated zest only (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 medium orange, about 1/3 cup juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (optional)
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup orange juice

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a 9×13 dish, combine the orange zest, orange juice, dry mustard, cumin, olive oil, and red wine vinegar (if using).
  2. Pound the Chicken:
    • Spread out a sheet of plastic wrap about 2 feet long and place the chicken breasts on it. Spread another sheet of plastic wrap over the chicken breasts. With the flat side of a mallet, pound the chicken to an even 1/2 inch thickness.
    • Remove the plastic wrap and place the chicken in the marinade.
  3. Marinate the Chicken:
    • Cover the dish and allow the chicken to marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. When ready to cook, preheat the grill.
  4. Prepare the Sauce:
    • In a wide skillet, melt the butter over low heat and stir in the flour to make a roux. Cook this mixture over low heat for a minute or two until it bubbles.
    • Add the sugar, cinnamon, dry mustard, and red wine vinegar. Stir until well combined.
    • Whisk in the orange juice. Increase the heat to medium and stir until the sauce thickens.
    • Lower the heat and cover the pan to keep the sauce warm while you grill the chicken.
  5. Grill the Chicken:
    • Grill the chicken breasts just until cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  6. Serve:
    • Place the grilled chicken on a heated platter, pour some of the orange sauce over it, and serve the rest of the sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Variations:

  • Spicy Kick: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinade for a spicy twist.
  • Herb Infusion: Add fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme to the sauce for added depth of flavor.
  • Glazed Chicken: Brush some of the sauce onto the chicken during the last minute of grilling for a glazed effect.

Equipment:

  • 9×13 dish
  • Plastic wrap
  • Meat mallet
  • Wide skillet
  • Whisk
  • Grill

Storage:

Store any leftover chicken and sauce in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

What to Serve with This Recipe:

This grilled chicken a l’orange pairs wonderfully with rice pilaf, steamed vegetables, or a fresh green salad. It’s also great with roasted potatoes or couscous.

Tips:

  • Even Thickness: Pounding the chicken to an even thickness ensures it cooks evenly.
  • Marinating Time: Allowing the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes enhances the flavor.
  • Sauce Consistency: Stir the sauce constantly as it thickens to avoid lumps.

FAQ:

Q: Can I use bone-in chicken breasts?

A: Yes, but adjust the cooking time as bone-in chicken breasts will take longer to cook through.

Q: Can I make the sauce ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can prepare the sauce ahead and reheat it before serving. Add a splash of orange juice if it thickens too much upon reheating.

Q: Can I cook the chicken in a pan instead of grilling?

A: Yes, you can cook the chicken in a skillet over medium heat until fully cooked.

Approximate Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 350 kcal per serving
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 10g
  • Protein: 30g
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