Friday, March 31, 2006

Oven Baked Orange Chicken

This is another entree you can prepare ahead, freeze and then set out to thaw a day or two before you want to have it. It will take about 45 minutes to bake if you have it well thawed out.

5 chicken breast, no skin, no bone
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup flour
6 ounces orange juice, frozen concentrate -- undiluted
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon paprika

Place a sheet of waxed paper on a large cookie sheet. Brush chicken breasts
with butter. Combine orange juice and honey in a shallow dish. Mix bread
crumbs, flour, and seasonings in a separate bowl. Roll chicken in honey
mixture, then in crumbs. Place each coated chicken piece on the wax paper,
not touching other chicken parts. Drizzle remaining butter over chicken.
Flash freeze until firm then remove to freezer bag.

To serve: Place frozen chicken pieces on an oiled baking sheet. Preheat oven
to 375 degrees. Bake frozen chicken 30 to 45 minutes until thickest part is
no longer pink and juices run clear.

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