Do you want your chicken dish to be gone in a flash? Just marinade it in fresh orange juice, a little honey and some woodsy lemon thyme.
One of my favorite ways to infuse flavor into chicken and pork is to use a citrus marinade with fresh herbs. The longer you let the meat sit in it’s citrusy bath, the better. When your meat hits the grill, you’ll have a flavorful, tender and moist piece of chicken or pork. Your family will fight over the last piece on the platter.
I served my chicken with Trader Joe’s whole wheat couscous cooked in chicken broth and scented with that same lemon thyme. And don’t forget to grill some fresh asparagus on the side. Got to get those veggies in!
Sweet Orange and Thyme Glazed Chicken Thighs
1 large orange
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tsp soy sauce
¼ cup lemon thyme, minced
12 ounces chicken thighs, skin removed
Combine marinade ingredients in a large bag with the chicken thighs and marinade for 8 hours, or overnight.
Grill chicken thighs on an indoor or outdoor grill for 20 – 30 minutes over medium-low heat until when the chicken is pierced with a sharp knife the juices run clear (no blood).
What’s good for me in this dish?
Chicken is a complete protein, with less saturated fat than beef. Much of the fat is in the skin, so it is best eaten without the skin, with chicken breasts being the leanest choice. Chicken provides 67% of your daily protein needs. It also has cancer protecting B vitamins, including Niacin and B6 for energy.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 12.62g
Total Carbs: 22.74g
Dietary Fiber: 4.85g
Weight Watchers Points 7
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.
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