Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Three (or Four) for One: Smokey Orange Chicken

I got this recipe from some food network show where the host cooks once and preps a bunch of stuff for 3-4 meals. I've seen the show several times, and it generally works like this: roast chicken of some variety, then a chicken salad (duh--did I need your show to tell me that?), then something else with chicken.

Honestly, this recipe is not my favorite, but I do like the "cook once eat lots" aspect of it. So here you go.

Smokey Orange Chicken:

1 cup orange marmalade
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp liquid smoke
a bunch of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (at least 8, or whatever you can fit in the roasting pan)
cooking spray

Heat oven to 400.
Spray roasting pan/baking dish with cooking spray.
Salt/pepper chicken on both sides and place in baking dish.
In bowl, mix marmalade, soy sauce, and liquid smoke.
Pour mixture over chicken.

Bake 30-35 minutes.

Meal 1: Chicken breast with a veggie and a starch of your choice.

Meal 2: Garden Chicken Quesadillas. Slice chicken breast, green onions, zucchini, bell peppers, or whatever else you have (green onions really should be part of this). Place on one half of a flour tortilla. Top with cheese and fold tortilla in half. Heat on skillet on both sides until tortilla is browned and cheese is melted. These are surprisingly yummy for something so simple.

Meal 3: Chicken Enchilada Casserole. Heat some olive oil in a skillet. Add 1 chopped onion and cook until soft, then add 1-2 cloves of minced garlic and cook 30 more seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups shredded (or cut up) chicken and 1 tsp cumin. Cook until heated. In casserole dish, pour 1/4 cup enchilada sauce (I like green, but you can use red, too). Top with corn tortillas (tear them to make them fit if needed). Top with half of chicken mixture and a layer of cheese. Then pour another 1/4 cup enchilada sauce over that and repeat a tortilla, chicken, cheese layer. Top with tortillas, remainder of sauce, and a layer of cheese. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Meal 4: Chicken salad. Do you really need me to tell you how to make a salad? :) I think this particular chicken is good with a vinaigrette dressing (citrus would be good), and some almond slivers and mandarin oranges.

You could also use this chicken in a soup, or in any number of casseroles. Whenever I have chicken that will expire soon, I go ahead and roast it or boil it (sometimes just with salt and pepper), shred it, and freeze it for later use.

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