easy orange marmalade chicken

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Here’s a wonderful, easy dish you can prepare when you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table. I make a big pot of brown rice at the beginning of the week so we have an easy side that only takes a few minutes to warm up in the microwave. It’s particularly wonderful with the orange marmalade sauce in this recipe.

Brown rice is so versatile. I use it for fried rice and eggs in the morning for a delicious, high protein breakfast. And… if you grill up extra meat you can use it, along with some brown rice and stir-fried veggies, to create yummy lunch bowls.

~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~

serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons grainy Dijon mustard

1 cup organic orange marmalade

2 Tablespoons lite soy sauce

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

6 green onions + green tops, chopped

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

2 cups cooked brown rice

Place the chicken breasts in a baking pan. Mix up the rest of the ingredients, except for the cornstarch and rice, in a mixing bowl. Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-35 minutes (or just until the chicken is completely done and juices run clear.)

Once chicken is done, remove it to a plate and cover it to keep it warm. Transfer the marmalade sauce to a small saucepan. Sprinkle the cornstarch into the liquid, and whisk constantly over medium heat until the sauce thickens.

Place 1/2 cup hot rice in each of 4 serving bowls. Top each with a chicken breast and some of the sauce. Garnish with a little extra green onion, if you wish.



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