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Clementine Chicken Thighs with Roasted Fennel

Healthy chicken thigh recipe features roasted chicken thighs topped with a tangy mustard sauce and topped with sliced sweet clementine oranges.

Healthy chicken thigh recipe features roasted chicken thighs topped with a tangy mustard sauce and topped with sliced sweet clementine oranges.

Healthy chicken thigh recipe features roasted chicken thighs topped with a tangy mustard sauce and topped with sliced sweet clementine oranges.

Big Brother is officially in that picky-eater stage. Pretty much anything that doesn’t look like pizza or chicken nuggets and French fries is deemed “disgusting.” Does wonders for my ego.

I am fortunate, however, that he will consume fruit like there is no tomorrow. Ask him what he wants for a snack, he always ask for grapes or an orange. We go through BAGS of clementines during citrus season.

A few years ago, I was given an assignment to come up with a few recipes using in-season ingredients. In January. There isn’t a whole lot in season in January. Except for citrus fruits. This recipe is a result of that assignment.

If I am going to bake chicken, chicken thighs are my go-to cut. They are just about always on sale and they have much more flavor that boring ol’ boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I’m usually not a big fan of orange-chicken dishes. But when you combine the orange with sweet maple syrup and mustard, it takes on a whole new persona.

If you’ve never given fennel a try, do it just once. It has a very strong anise smell in its raw form, but once it’s roasted, it gets mellow and sweet. A lot like garlic.

In case you are wondering: Yes, my picky little eater did eat this. In fact, once I convinced him to try it, he declared it “tah-licious.”

Healthy chicken thigh recipe features roasted chicken thighs topped with a tangy mustard sauce and topped with sliced sweet clementine oranges.

 

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Clementine Chicken Thighs with Roasted Fennel

Healthy chicken thigh recipe features roasted chicken thighs topped with a tangy mustard sauce and topped with sliced sweet clementine oranges.
Cuisine Main Courses
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 chicken thighs or quarters bone-in and skin-on
  • 2 fennel bulbs cut into quarters
  • 4 clementines unpeeled, sliced thin
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl or resealable plastic bag, whisk together chicken broth, olive oil, clementine and lemon juices, mustard, maple syrup and salt. Season with pepper, to taste.
  • Place chicken in the mixing bowl or bag. Toss gently until chicken is evenly coated with the sauce. Allow chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place marinated chicken skin side up in a 9 x 12 x 2-inch baking dish. Reserve the marinade. Arrange fennel slices in between the chicken, layer clementine slices and thyme over the top. Pour the reserved marinade over the entire dish.
  • Bake chicken for 30-45 minutes until the skin is brown and crisp and the chicken juices run clear.
  • Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes. Arrange everything in a serving platter and drizzle the pan juices over the top.

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