Fresh Recipe: Orange Basil Chicken

2:12 AM

Even though it's the middle of winter, your local grocer is likely putting out some very fresh citrus fruit!  Walmart is no exception, and to help share their "Citrus Celebration" event, we tried several varieties of citrus fruits that were new to us, and we created a recipe!

The Orange Basil Chicken we made is a variation on Good Housekeeping's original.  We adapted it for more flavor and color (as well as to make it more kid-friendly!)

To make this, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large lemon
  • 2 oranges of any variety (we used blood oranges and cara cara oranges)
  • green onions
  • fresh basil
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sugar
  • rice with veggies (we use a steamable product)
  • fresh sugar snap peas
To begin, grate 1 teaspoon orange peel and squeeze 3 tablespoons juice.  From the lemon, grate 1/2 teaspoon peel and 1/4 cup juice.  Combine in bowl with 1 teaspoon sugar, a dash of salt, a dash of pepper, 2 tablespoons diced green onions, and 1/8th cup chopped fresh basil.

In a second bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of both lemon and orange peels, 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1/8 cup chopped fresh basil, 1/8 cup chopped green onion, 1 tablespoon olive oil, a dash of salt, and a a dash of pepper.

 Prepare the chicken breasts by removing any skin or tendon.  Slice thin into strips or cutlets.

Dip the chicken breasts into the 2nd mixture.  Place them in a medium-high skillet and brown on one side. 

While the chicken is cooking, steam the rice and veggies mixture in the microwave.  Prepare the sugar snap peas by steaming them in a steamer or on the stove.  Flip the chicken and cook on the other side until cooked all the way through.

Serve the chicken on a bed of the rice with a side of the peas.  Use the mixture from the first bowl, and slightly drizzle over the entire meal.  Garnish with a fresh orange slice!

All of the items we used were purchased at Walmart.  Some of the oranges we purchased for Citrus Celebration include:

Moro Blood Orange (these aren't as red as I thought they would be, but they are delicious!)

Cara Cara Oranges (these are like tiny grapefruit, but sweeter!)

Do you have a yummy citrus recipe you'd like to share?

(Linked up to Kids in the KitchenWaste Not Want Not WednesdayTuesday's Table, Try a New Recipe Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent TuesdayPennywise Platter Thursday, and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday)

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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