I had not experimented with a new dish in months. But this popped into my head (I think I saw an ad about it on Food Network) and I was determined to try this out. Just thinking about it now makes me hungry – Baked Orange Chicken and Potatoes. It was fabulous!
Here’s what you will need:
- Chicken – I prefer to use chicken pieces, but to save money I bought a whole chicken and cut it up.
- Potatoes – I’m not good at averaging, so I won’t tell you what to use. I peeled and cut up about eight medium-sized potatoes which were enough to feed four people.
- Orange Juice – One small tetra-pack of orange juice was enough ( I think it gave me a cup of orange juice or so)
- Honey* – This is optional and I only used it because it was in the cupboard. You can also use agave nectar or sugar as alternatives.
- Fresh ginger – I found that the ginger gave the meal a flavourful zing.
How to Make Baked Orange Chicken and Potatoes
1. Prepare your chicken as you normally would – clean, lime and salt and season. I cooked this dish an evening after work (Friday), so I took it down the morning before I left home and put it on the top rack in the refridgerator.
2. Pour the orange juice, honey and ginger into a zipper bag and shake well.
3. Add the chicken to the marinade. You can leave it in for about ten minutes. I actually did this step in the morning, so the chicken was marinating for the entire day.
4. Put the chicken into a baking dish and pour some of the orange mixture over it.
5. Add the potatoes.
6. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees farenheit, keeping an eye on your chicken
7. When the chicken starts to turn brown, turn it and pour the remaining orange mixture over the chicken.
8. Check your potatoes periodically. When they are nice and tender, you can remove them from the dish.
9. When your chicken is finished, remove it from the oven.
Optional: You can use the orange mixture from the dish to make a sauce or gravy for your potatoes. Add some onions, garlic and sweet pepper and a few spices.