One Pan Orange Garlic Chicken
Keeping dinnertime quick, easy and healthy is pretty well the goal of every mom ever (hence the idea for my e-cookbook “30 meals in 30 minutes“. Most moms despise dinner since it’s normally utter chaos. Thankfully, one pan dinners were created and this orange garlic chicken is a great staple.
It’s not that I mind cooking dinner. Actually, if someone offers to watch the girls I’d be happy to have the time to myself to zone out and chop things!
But I cannot stand the question “what do you want for dinner” forty minutes before everyone expects dinner on the table. It’s one of those phrases that drives me absolutely bonkers.
Enter one pan dinners. It was originally my girlfriend who got me on to sheet pan cooking and I’ve no idea why I hadn’t thought of it before!
One pan dinners are not only healthy (obviously with the right ingredients!) but cleanup is a breeze- which is awesome.
This garlic chicken dinner has become quite the staple in my house. Partially because it’s a one pan dinner- so even my hubby can make it and not get stressed out- and partially because it’s so damn yummy.
One of the reasons I love this garlic chicken is actually because of the Brussels sprouts- which I totally never thought I’d say! I’ve hated Brussels sprouts as long as I can remember because, well, their gross.
But they are healthy. They’re part of the cruciferous family which means they contain a ton o disease fighting nutrients but we consume far too little of them.
Thankfully, a few years back I roasted Brussels sprouts in maple syrup and they were tasty. I realized the trick to them was to pair them with something sweet! Which is why this is an orange garlic chicken works so well!
The orange in the dressing helps keep the Brussels sprouts somewhat sweet and almost “candies” which makes everything delicious! Another trick I’ve learned is to cook the sprouts longer think- half cooked Brussels sprouts are just gross 😛
Now back to the dressing.
Garlic is, of course, staple for me because it’s so anti-bacterial so truthfully, garlic chicken just makes sense. If there’s one minor thing you can do to improve your health, it’s to incorporate more garlic into your diet (here’s another one pan garlic dinner for you to try!)
So not only is everything delicious but this orange grlic chicken is quick to whip together an requires little to no clean up. If that’s not the perfect dinner I don’t know what is!
Even my two year old devours this dinner and since it’s a rare occurrence to witness a two year old mowing down on Brussels sprouts I’d say it’s a pretty big win 😀
Ingredients In The Orange Garlic Chicken
- Juice of one orange (about 3/4 cup)
- 2 dates
- 3 small to medium cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 25 Brussels sprouts (4-4.5 cups halved)
- 5 lbs mini potatoes
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
Note: you can sub in a fig for the dates
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How To Make The One Pan Dinner
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a blender, add the first four ingredients and let sit for 5-10 minutes for dates to soften. Then, blend until smooth.
Cut the stem of the Brussels sprouts and slice them in half. Place the in a large bowl and pour half of the juice mixture over top of them. Toss to combine.
Place the chicken breasts into a bag with the remaining juice mixture.
Slice the mini potatoes in half and toss in the olive oil and sea salt.
Line a baking tray with tinfoil and place the potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Leave room in the middle for the chicken.
Pour the chicken mixture into the center of the pan.
Bake in the oven for twenty minutes, flip and continue to cook for another 15 or until chicken is cooked through.
Remove from oven and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
Note: I use half a chicken breast per person. If you prefer more, use four chicken breasts for the recipe.
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One pan dinners make busy nights a bit more bearable. They’re easy, quick and healthy. This orange garlic chicken is full of disease fighting nutrients but it’s super simple to whip up- and clean up! It makes the perfect weeknight dinner to keep your family full, healthy and fueled.