By Camilla Saulsbury
One of my standard chicken dishes is marmalade chicken. It's quick and easy, requires few ingredients, and is just gorgeous and delicious when you finish it with a simple salad like the one I've done here (you can vary the salad endlessly, but the combination of orange and feta is smashing).
I've made this dish with expensive marmalades and store-brand marmalades, and both work equally well. If you're a marmalade aficionado, save your top-dollar jar for morning toast and use a less expensive brand here; you'll taste the difference on toast, but not here.
Oven-roasting the chicken breasts is so handy; they stay tender and moist, infused with the flavors of orange and butter. Slide into the oven, put your feet up, then finish the sauce in a few minutes more.
6 skinless chicken breast fillets
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1/3 cup orange marmalade
Zest and juice of 1 large navel orange
1 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 and 1/3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
For serving: 3 cups tender watercress sprigs, 2 navel oranges (sliced), 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion, and 2/3 cup cubed low-fat feta cheesealign="left">Preheat the oven to 375°F. Season chicken breasts on all sides with salt and pepper. Place garlic, marmalade, orange zest and butter in a bowl and beat with a fork to combine. Place chicken in a roasting pan, spread orange mixture over the chicken and cover pan with foil.
Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, then remove foil and bake for a further 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the oven; remove chicken to a platter, tenting with foil to keep warm.
Add juice and broth to roasting pan and stir over low heat (place roasting pan right on top of burners) until reduced by half (scraping up all of the yummy bits on the pan's bottom), then pour over chicken. Serve with a salad of watercress, fresh orange slices, olives, red onion and low-fat feta. Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition per Serving (1 chicken breast, 1/6 of all accompaniments):
Calories 256; Fat 6.5g (poly 0.7g, mono 3.2g, sat 1.9g); Protein 28.1g; Fiber 3.6g; Cholesterol 72mg; Carbohydrate 19g.