Friday, December 2, 2011

Fantastic Foodie Fridays~ Orange Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Rice

Decided to give you a spicy chicken tonight.  Just a tip, if you pound out the chicken breast and make it thin it will allow the orange-chipotle glaze to really stand out.  It will give you a better glaze to chicken flavor ratio in every bite!  


  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp safflower oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb), rinsed and patted dry, pounded 1/2-inch thick
  • Juice 1 medium navel orange (1/3 cup orange juice)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 packed cup chopped cilantro leaves


  1. In a small bowl, combine chile powder, cumin and 1/4 tsp salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet to medium-high. Tilt skillet to coat bottom lightly. Season both sides of chicken with chile-cumin mixture and cook for 3 minutes per side or until no longer pink in center. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add orange juice and maple syrup to juice and bits left in skillet and cook for 1 minute to thicken slightly (until it measures 1/4 cup liquid), stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in chipotle chiles in adobo sauce and orange zest. Add chicken back to skillet, return to heat and cook for 1 minute on medium-high, turning constantly.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine rice, cilantro and remaining 1/4 tsp salt. Serve chicken over rice and spoon any excess glaze over top chicken pieces.
Nutrients per serving (3 oz chicken and 1/2 cup rice): Calories: 283, Total Fat: 4 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 32 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 8 g, Protein: 29 g, Sodium: 337 mg, Cholesterol: 32 mg

By Nancy S. Hughes | Photo: Yvonne Duivenvoorden 
Posted in Clean Eating on June 20, 2011

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