Monday, November 3, 2014

Citrus Chicken and Broccoli


 There are few things more disgusting that a picture of raw chicken. You just can't really make that pink flesh look like something you would want to eat. People have emailed me to ask why I don't show more pictures of chicken in its raw state. My simple answer is because it looks foul. 

What is not foul is chicken after it has been cooked. Especially a chicken thigh. You have probably noticed it is the chicken piece I use most on this silly little blog. Thighs are just so tender, flavorful and juicy. Any meat that is next to the bone will have more flavor. I am not a scientist, but that is a fancy science proven thing.

Don't get me wrong, I like white meat chicken. However, it will never be a thigh. Thighs are even more superior after a trip through the slow cooker. Chicken breasts can get very dry and almost sawdust like if they are not taken out of a slow cooker promptly. That is why I chose thighs for this super delicious slow cooker meal.

This dish is so flavorful and easy. The lemon and orange added give this such a brightness to the sauce that develops as the chicken cooks. The broccoli is also nice since it soaks up a lot of the flavor as it cooks. Savory and tart, this chicken dinner is perfect for any night of the week.

Ingredients

2 chicken thighs
1 teaspoon season salt
1 orange
1 lemon
1 head of fresh broccoli, chopped into florets
2 Tablespoons butter


First, season the chicken with the season salt very well on both sides. Zest the lemon and the orange over the chicken.Then slice the lemon and orange in half. Take one half of the lemon and juice this over the pieces of chicken and do the same with the orange.


 Take the remaining halves of the lemon and orange. Make thick slices out of these and place them over the chicken pieces.

Let this cook over low heat for 6 to 8 hours. In the last hour of cooking, add the broccoli in and stir well into the sauce. 

Just before serving, take the chicken out and add the two tablespoons of butter to make the sauce rich and delicious. Add more season salt to taste. and serve with the sauce poured over the top.

Easy and delicious!

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