Friday, February 4, 2011

Orange and Soy Glazed Chicken Thighs

So, sometimes I think ahead and plan meals - like with the white chicken chili.  Then there are the times when I find an ingredient for super cheap, don't think it through, and just throw it in my carriage at the grocery store. 

Chicken thighs, 99 cents a pound??! yes, I'll take 5 lbs of chicken thighs!  But now what?

An impulse protein purchase usually means that I've already bought all my groceries for the week, and I'll need to improvise a meal using things already in my kitchen. This isn't the opportunity to try a new recipe from Dorie- this is about being resourceful and taking advantage of a sale by NOT buying more ingredients.

 I can't imagine how I would do any of this without the internet.  I'd likely be eating these simply baked and slathered in BBQ sauce.....(which I am still considering for the other 3.5 lbs of chicken thighs that are now stored in the freezer)

I love you Fine because you had this recipe:

I didn't have all the ingredients, but I had the most important ones!  And I took a few liberties as well.

Chicken Thighs
1.5-2 lbs chicken thighs (I used 5)
toasted sesame and ginger seasoning (optional)

Soy Glaze
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
2 Tbs. fresh orange juice
1-1/4 tsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbs chopped cilantro

Preheat the oven to 450.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then oil with canola/vegetable oil.  Add the chicken to the baking sheet and prick the skin of the thighs all over with a fork (this will help some of the chicken fat to render) then season with salt and pepper.  I also used some of the toasted sesame and ginger seasoning I received in my Boston Food Blogger launch swag bag!

Roast the chicken until it begins to brown.  It took me about 25 minutes (the oven runs a little cold).
While the chicken is roasting, prepare the glaze: Combine the soy, sugar, and orange zest in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.  Combine the orange juice and cornstarch in a separate bowl, stirring to combine.  Add this to the saucepan, stirring until the sauce becomes glossy and thick.  Reduce heat while the chicken finishes.

When the chicken is browned, set the oven to broil.  Cook for 5 or so minutes, until the skin is deep brown and crispy.

Serve by spooning the soy glaze over the chicken and garnishing with toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro.

I served this with a mixture of brown rice, quinoa, and steamed broccoli.  
I think this glaze would also be great on chicken breasts (without the broiling of course) or pork.  Heck, I'd even use this sauce on a veggie stirfry - its good enough to stand alone!

 When was the last time a sale inspired your cooking?


  1. I love sesame seeds, both the flavor and texture. I want to try this sauce on veggies and put it on top of quinoa.

  2. Sales inspire me all the time with cooking. I buy a lot of "family size" proteins and throw them in the freezer. Every night, I look through the freezer to pull out something to thaw and think during the day of how to use it that night!

  3. This post definately inspired me and it's only 9am. I have some thighs in the freezer and have been looking for an inspirational recipe to break them out.

    Question for you - mine are boneless/skinless what time/time do you think I should cook them at?

    Just found your blog a month ago and look forward to more inspiring posts! As a fellow New Englander (specifically a Nutmegger) surviving this unique winter your food and writing have warmed me on even the coldest/iciest of days.

  4. FreeFoodBoston - Let me know if you try it on veggies! I bet it would also be tasty on some baked tofu!

    Anne - for boneless/skinless I would bake and just watch until they're cooked through, and forgoe the broiling part of the recipe. Glad to meet another person from CT!!! That was such a sweet comment - I am so glad I've inspired you!!

  5. I can't wait to try that seasoning. These look really delicious and flavorful!

  6. I tried the seasoning last night for the first time on roasted salmon and broccoli- it was SO GOOD! I like how you used it here too and will definitely try to make this glaze sometime soon.

    I think we probably have similar shopping styles-I go in with a plan, but if I see a ridiculous sale, I deviate from my list and go for it...

  7. Oh my, that looks amazing!! That would be a great idea using it in a stir fry! I try to plan my meals around the sales!

  8. Yummmmm. Um 99 cents for a lb is such a steal - where do you shop for groceries?? I'm the same way, I plan my meals but easily take detours when I encounter good deals :)

    I just bought 5 avocados from whole Foods for $5 - I think I'll be making some guacamole and a lot of avocado sandwiches this coming week!

  9. Way to take advantage of a sale! Looks delicious!

    Let me know if you want this coq au vin recipe for the remaining thighs... it's amazing:

  10. I'm now craving this for dinner. Orange is such a bright complimentary flavor to salty soy sauce! I'm all about purchasing sale meats/poultry and freezing. I'm finally using up the last of my family size chicken breast package...they are thawing for buffalo chicken dip.

  11. I'm totally into your plating! Stack it high and make it pretty! It looks beautiful!

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