After the sausage and pepper baked ziti was such a success with BR, I decided to challenge his taste buds a little bit with an asian marinade of sorts. He, as usual, was open minded. Even when I began to marinate the chicken in orange juice and ginger (among other things) he raised his eyebrow and decided to trust me.
As the chicken baked, his nose reassured him that he would not be disappointed. And this made for the perfect sunday dinner as we watched our favorite tv shows.
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup orange juice
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp ginger, minced
1 tsp sesame oil
½ tsp crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 bone-in chicken thighs
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp scallions, sliced
In a resealable bag, combine the maple syrup, orange juice, soy sauce, ginger, red pepper, garlic, sesame oil and chicken. Allow it to marinate in the fridge for at least one hour
Preheat the oven to 425*.
Place chicken thighs in a 9×13 inch baking dish that has been lined with foil. Heat the remaining marinating liquid in a medium saucepan.
Allow it to simmer until it reduced to about ¼ cup. Pour the reduced sauce onto the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with salt.
Place chicken in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Turn chicken over and bake for 20 more minutes more. Allow to cook longer if chicken is not fully cooked (internal temp of 140). Remove chicken and let rest for 10 minutes (this brings internal temp to a healthy 155-165 degrees).
I served this chicken with roasted sugar snap peas and the brown rice medley I received from the Foodie Penpal program.
Now, having tasted it, I can definitely say this will be part of the rotation. The rice had an interesting texture and was addicting. BR was a little skeptical about the rice but quickly polished off his portion and went in for seconds.
This chicken is super easy to put together and has a very unique flavor. It doesn’t seem like a win with things like orange juice and ginger but there is a great balance in the flavor and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I definitely recommend pairing with a side of sugar snap peas!