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Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Also, easily made in one pan in just 30 minutes.

CHIPOTLE ORANGE CHICKEN

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Chipotle Orange Chicken is sweet, spicy, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Also, easily made in one pan in just 30 minutes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs bone in and skin on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chile or more
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium orange juiced
  • 1 medium orange zested
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 medium oranges halved
  • 2 dry chipotle chili peppers
Garnish:
  • Orange zest
  • Green onions diced

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium bowl combine olive oil brown sugar, ground chipotle chili, ground cumin, onion powder, honey, minced garlic, orange juice and orange zest. Stir to combined.

  4. If you have time, add the mixture over the chicken in a deep pan or large ziplock bag and marinate for 2-6 hours.
  5. Lightly grease a deep baking dish or pan with olive oil, add chicken to the pan skin side up.
  6. Add halved oranges and dried chipotle chili peppers to the pan.

  7. Pour the mixture over the chicken and bake for 25-30 minutes, until browned and cooked through.
  8. From time to time, brush the chicken with the juices from the pan while baking or use a spoon, to scoop it over the chicken.

  9. For a crispy, brown top, brush the chicken with the juices from the pan and turn the broiler on high for the final 5 minutes and broil the chicken until it is cooked through and extra browned on top. Watch it closely, so it doesn't burn.
  10. Once the chicken is cooked, remove the pan from the oven, brush the chicken with the juices from the pan and loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil. Let the chicken rest for at least 5-10 minutes.
  11. Garnish with fresh orange zest and diced green onion.

  12. Serve and enjoy!