Monday, September 16, 2013

Citrus Brown Sugar Chicken

Citrus Brown Sugar Chicken recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you likely know that we eat a lot of chicken. I've shared over 100 chicken recipes here on the blog and there isn't an end in sight. This chicken is sweet, slightly tangy and incredibly tender. I've made this recipe with breasts and thighs, with orange and with lemon. The orange version is my favorite, but they are both delicious. My kids flipped for this chicken and my oldest son thanked me for making "his favorite chicken" again. (Take this with a grain of salt though, they each have about 50 favorites.)

I have a notebook full of chicken ideas and there are always more recipes that cross my path to try. If YOU have a favorite chicken recipe, feel free to email me. I might want to try yours too. I served this chicken with roasted potatoes the first time I made it and I chopped it up over rice the second time I served it. We liked it both ways.

Citrus Brown Sugar Chicken
recipe adapted from Eat Live Run
Yield: 4 servings
(printable recipe)

1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
zest of 1 large orange or 2 medium lemons, about 1 tablespoon zest
juice of 1 large orange or 2 medium lemons, about 1/3 - 1/2 cup total
1 cup flour, I used brown rice flour
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350. If the pieces of chicken are more than 1/2" thick, place them in a heavy freezer ziploc bag and pound them thinner. Combine the flour, paprika and salt in a flat bottomed bowl or pan. Whisk together and then drop each piece of chicken in the flour and flip to coat well.

Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large flat skillet. Place each piece of chicken in the oil and brown for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken and place in a 9x13 baking pan. Pour the citrus juice in the hot skillet stir to de-glaze and scrape up all the browned bits. Pour this mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle with the zest and the brown sugar. Bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Citrus Brown Sugar Chicken recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. Pinned it! I think my 14 will love this too!

  2. cooking this now. looks good

  3. I generally am a savory dish guy and pay little attention to recipes with "sugar" in the title, but since it's you, I read it. With the citrus to sugar ratio, I can see this being totally delicious and will save it to try says Larry from Durango, CO.

  4. I think we would like this and I would love it over rice with some green onions and maybe some peppers??

    1. Rice with green onions even better if lightly fried in sesame oil with some Aromat (or other seasoning)

  5. We eat a ton of chicken too! I mean, it's so versatile... I always feel like Bubba on Forrest Gump - You can grill it, bake it, broil it, fry it.. lol

    This sounds wonderful! Can't wait to try it!!

  6. this looks delicious - and easy.