For some reason my mother-in-law sent Kevin and me a big box of oranges. We received them two days ago. When I saw the box I asked, "What are we supposed to do with all of these oranges?" Kevin replied, "Eat them." Yeah Yeah. My husband used to be a professional comedian. Obviously we eat them, but there seemed to be more than what the two of us could possibly eat. He was urging me to take them with me to work with me for lunch or snacks yesterday, but I had a whole kitchen full of fruit I had purchased earlier in the week.
It was time for Disorder Cook to find other ways to put them to use. I went to the website and looked up recipes for oranges and chicken - and promptly rejected them all.
Last night I took two of those oranges and juiced them. I zested one of them.
I mixed the juice with two tablespoons of red wine vinegar and a tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary. I hestitated on the next step, but ended up adding a clove of minced garlic.
Next I pounded some boneless skinless chicken thighs and dredged them in seasoned flour. I sauteed them in olive oil and butter until nice and brown. Then I took them out and kept them warm and added the OJ mixture to the pan. I let the whole thing reduce down a bit and poured that over the chicken.
Meanwhile I added a cinnamon and cumin to chicken stock and used the mixture to cook some rice in. When it was cooked, I threw in handfuls of sliced almonds and chopped dried apricots.
The last thing I did was thaw some frozen green beans in the microwave. (What? You expect me to clean, trim, and steam fresh green beans on a weeknight? Rachael Ray exists for a reason folks. I refuse to feel guilty.) I mixed the orange zest with a quarter cup of olive oil, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, and a teaspoon of dried oregano.
All in all it was a good meal. I wasn't sure if all of the flavors of all three dishes would tie together well. I think the chicken sauce could have been sweeter (or else a little white wine would have been nice too). My rice came out gloppy (my fault), but it's other fault was that it was a little too sweet. Kevin thought it contained oranges and it was the only thing I made that had no orange in it.
Now I'm thinking of ways I can turn the oranges into dessert.
Or maybe I could just eat them by themselves?