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Chipotle Orange-Herb Chicken

chicken, chipotle chicken, asparagus 015If only I could find an excuse to put chipotle in everything. Okay, okay, not really, but I do love the stuff, in case you haven’t noticed. (See here, here, and here, just as a small sample) In fact, just about anytime I’m looking for an in-your-face, bold taste, chipotle does the trick. Smoky and spicy, it adds an unbelievable amount of dimension to a dish.

Take chicken, for example. Chicken is nearly a blank canvas, something one flavor with any combination of herbs and spices, and create a seemingly endless number of dishes. Soy, ginger, and garlic? Asian chicken. Oregano, basil, tomato, garlic? Italian chicken. But what about orange juice, chipotle, sage, thyme, and rosemary?

You get chipotle orange-herb chicken.

Not exactly a traditional mix of flavors, but who says we’re trying to be traditional here? Sweet, spicy, smoky, with a nice fresh background flavor from the herbs – this is a tasty chicken that’s sure to please. In addition, if you use cut-up chicken and marinade the night before serving, this dish bakes up quickly enough to make it a weeknight choice. I used a combination of thighs and drumsticks (they were on sale, and I prefer the flavor of dark meat), but of course, you could use any cut you wish. (you could even use boneless, skinless breasts – just lower the cooking time accordingly)

This recipe was inspired by a chipotle orange chicken that Elana shared at Elana’s Pantry. (Elana has a wonderful array of gluten-free recipes.) I increased the amount of chipotle a bit (we like spicy food at the Tasty Eats At Home residence), and I subbed the dried herbes de provence for fresh herbs, but largely left the original recipe in tact. If you have small kids, you might choose to lower the chipotle, but this should be a great family-pleaser, one that is easy on you, too! I served this dish with a generous helping of steamed asparagus with lemon zest (recipe to come soon, stay tuned!).

Chipotle Orange-Herb Chicken, adapted from Elana’s Pantry

4 lbs bone-in, cut-up chicken, or a combination of thighs and drumsticks

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 t chopped fresh rosemary needles

1/2 t fresh thyme leaves

1/2 t chopped fresh sage leaves

1/4 c agave nectar or honey

1 t kosher salt

2-3 chipotle chiles in adobo, minced

juice of 2 oranges

Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Place chicken in a 9X13 inch baking dish. In a small bowl, mix garlic, herbs, agave, salt, chipotle, and orange juice. Pour over chicken, turning chicken over to coat. Cover dish and place in refrigerator for minimum of an hour, up to overnight.

Remove from refrigerator, and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Serves 4-6.

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Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup

Food 1750For the past few months, time seems to have flown by at an incredible rate. It seems as though I barely have enough time to complete the “must-finish” tasks each day. Work, family, lawn work, the garden, dishes, the shed that still remains half-painted…and let’s not forget feeding the family with reasonably healthy meals, all the while minding the budget. And of course, I must devote my time to the blog. It holds me accountable. It forces me to improve myself, in the kitchen, with the camera, and in my writing. I have to admit, I am addicted. I think this is a good thing.

But I do strive to keep a balance. Okay, so I sometimes slip. (full disclosure: ate Taco Smell Bell last week for dinner one night, and visited the snack machine at the office on more than one occasion, in order to complete meals for myself. As if M&Ms and Rice Krispies Treats count as part of a meal.) But I do keep trying. This week, I was determined to create healthy dinners that took minimal time in the kitchen, freeing me up to tend to other duties.

One of my no-brainer sources for inspiration in this area? Cooking Light magazine. Did you know that you can now find a huge number of Cooking Light recipes online? MyRecipes.com offers recipes from Cooking Light, Southern Living, Sunset, Coastal Living, and more. Even though I subscribe to Cooking Light magazine, this website allows me to be lazy and just search for what I want, instead of flipping through the growing piles of magazines at my house searching for “dinner inspiration.” This soup was one recipe I came across, and thought it would be a perfect solution for dinner. (Yes, I realize that it is yet another chipotle recipe. I just can’t stay away!) The meal came together in no time, and was inexpensive. (Especially since chicken breasts were on sale at Sprouts for $1.88/lb, score!)

I did make a few slight modifications. I added a bit of onion for flavor, and I increased the cumin, because I love the earthy depth it adds. I also used regular tortilla chips, as I had them on hand. It was a great weeknight dinner, full of smoky flavor and just the right amount of heat. Of course, we tend to like things pretty spicy in our house, so if you’re a bit nervous about adding all of the chipotle chile powder, I suggest starting with half, and add more at the end if you feel the soup needs more kick.

The next time I make this, I think I would prefer the chicken to be shredded, rather than cubed. You could even use a rotisserie chicken (or leftover chicken) instead of sauteing the breasts, if you prefer. We also served it with a bit of shredded cheese and sour cream in addition to the cilantro and limes. Overall, this was a delicious and easy dish – and it left me with plenty of time to catch American Idol. (Because yes, American Idol is a priority as well!)

1 T canola oil

¼ c onion, chopped

1 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

1 ½ t minced garlic

1 t chipotle chile powder

2 t ground cumin

1 c water

¼ t salt

1 14 ounce low-sodium chicken broth (if you need it to be gluten-free, check the label!)

1 14.5 ounce can whole or stewed tomatoes, undrained

1 c crushed tortilla chips

¼ c chopped fresh cilantro

1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and chicken breasts, sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic, sauté another minute. Add chile powder and cumin, stir well. Add water, salt, broth, and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Top with tortilla chips and cilantro, and serve with lime wedges.

Serves 4.

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