Dinner in Minutes

Quick chicken glazed with honey and orange

September 25, 2012 

FOOD QUICKFIX MI

Almond chicken with orange honey sauce is served with garlic zucchini strips and grape tomatoes.

CARL JUSTE — MCT

  • Garlic Zucchini Strips and Grape Tomatoes 1/2 pound zucchini (about 2 1/4 cups) 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 cup grape tomatoes Salt and freshly ground pepper WASH zucchini and cut into strips about 1/2-inch thick and 2 inches long. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and add garlic. Cover with a plate or plastic wrap and microwave on high 2 minutes. Remove and add olive oil, tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Cover again and let tomatoes warm in the bowl while you prepare the chicken. To make on the stove, heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and zucchini. Saute 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and saute another 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Yield: 2 servings. Per serving: 80 calories (56 percent from fat), 4.9 g fat (0.7 g saturated, 3.4 g monounsaturated), 0 cholesterol, 2.5 g protein, 8.7 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g fiber, 18 mg sodium.
  • Almond Chicken with Orange Honey Sauce 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper Salt and freshly ground pepper 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken cutlets 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon orange juice 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons sliced almonds 2 slices whole-grain country bread MIX 2 tablespoons cornstarch, crushed red pepper and salt and pepper to taste on a plate. Dip chicken cutlets in mixture to coat both sides. HEAT oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cutlets and saute 2 minutes. Turn and saute 2 minutes. A meat thermometer should read 165 degrees. Remove from the skillet. ADD 1/2 cup orange juice to pan, scraping up the brown bits. Add the honey and mix until honey is dissolved. Mix the remaining 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon orange juice together and add to the skillet. Stir until the sauce starts to thicken, about 1 minute. SPOON sauce over chicken and sprinkle almonds on top. Serve bread on the side. Yield: 2 servings. Per serving: 485 calories (27 percent from fat), 14.8 g fat (2.2 g saturated, 7.8 g monounsaturated), 108 mg cholesterol, 42.3 g protein, 46.3 g carbohydrates, 3.3 g fiber, 312 mg sodium.

Almonds and honey flavor chicken cutlets for this quick dinner.

Boneless, skinless chicken cutlets are about 1/2-inch thick. They cook in just 4 to 5 minutes. To keep them juicy and flavorful, a sauce made with orange juice and thickened with honey coats the chicken.

You can also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and flatten them with a meat bat or the bottom of a heavy pan to 1/2-inch thick.

A colorful side dish of zucchini strips and grape tomatoes tossed in olive oil and garlic completes the meal. It can be made quickly and easily in the microwave or on the stove top.

This meal contains 565 calories per serving with 31 percent of calories from fat.

To shorten preparation time, slice the zucchini instead of cutting into strips.

Two crushed garlic cloves can be used instead of minced garlic.

Linda Gassenheimer’s website is dinnerinminutes.com

To see a printable version of the recipes, click on the recipe name below:
Almond Chicken with Orange Honey Sauce
Garlic Zucchini Strips with Grape Tomatoes

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