Citrus juice is one of favorite ingredients to jazz up otherwise standard dishes. A squeeze of lemon can do wonders for salad dressing, a spritz of lime wakes up curries and soups, and OJ adds a sunshine-sweetness to roasted meats. You can see this in action in this orange chicken thigh recipe, which utilizes pantry staples, like honey, dried rosemary and a few garlic cloves, with a generous splash of orange juice. Together, these humble ingredients harmonize to make a complex, fragrant sauce that transforms regular chicken into a rockstar dish!
Sweet-and-Savory Orange Chicken Thighs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 6 chicken thighs, bone-in skin-on
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, skin-side-down until golden-brown, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Add garlic and rosemary and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in orange juice and honey and bring to a simmer. Return chicken to skillet.
- Transfer skillet to oven and bake, basting chicken every 10 minutes, until fully cooked, or until meat thermometer reads 165°F, about 20-25 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy.