Friday, July 24, 2009
Orange Phoenix Chicken with Grilled Bok Choy
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I really love chicken. It's easy to work with and by varying seasonings and cooking methods you can be assured of weeks and weeks of unique and tasty meals. This recipe was the first that I entered in the Winning Taste Recipe Contest, sponsored by the folks at Pilgrim's Pride. I love the flavor of citrus and decided to use it in an Asian inspired sauce that I was making for grilled chicken. The sauce turned out well. To carry the Asian theme a bit further, and to get the judges attention, I decided to grill bok choy along with the chicken and attach the imagery of the Phoenix to the name of my flaming bird. Something worked. This is an easy dish to make, though you'll have to be a bit careful with the bok choy. It should be grilled only until crisp tender and barely limp. The bright green is a marvelous counterpoint to the orange hued chicken. I think you'll like this recipe.
Orange Phoenix Chicken with Grilled Bok Choy...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite
6 boneless, skinless split chicken breasts
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
1 cup sweet chili sauce (Thai-style)
1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 heads baby bok choy, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame
Fresh cilantro, chopped, to garnish
1) Place chicken on plate and pierce both sides with fork at 1/4-inch intervals. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2) To make orange sauce, place peanut oil in 2-cup measuring cup. Add remaining ingredients and beat with whisk until well combined. Divide sauce, reserving half sauce for serving and half for basting chicken while grilling. Brush some of grilling sauce on both sides of chicken.
3) Preheat grill and lightly coat grill rack with oil or cooking spray.
4) Split each head of bok choy in half lengthwise. Place on baking sheet and drizzle with peanut oil and soy sauce. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside.
5) Place chicken on prepared grill about 4 to 6 inches from heat source. Grill about 7 minutes, turn and generously brush cooked side with reserved basting sauce. Cook another 4 to 6 minutes, turn and brush with sauce. Grill a few minutes longer until chicken reaches 160 degrees F on meat thermometer and sauce is set. Remove chicken from grill, place on platter, and discard any remaining basting sauce. Tent chicken with foil to keep warm.
6) Place bok choy on grill and sear just until bright green and wilted, about 4 minutes. Place on platter and drizzle with 1 tablespoon sesame oil.
7) To serve, place chicken and bok choy on serving platter and drizzle with reserved orange sauce. Garnish with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro, if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Recipe courtesy of Pilgrim's Kitchen - Recipes
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