You can find many recipes that feature the chicken breast meat, but here we feature chicken thighs, why? Chicken breasts and thighs vary moderately when it comes to calories. A 3-ounce serving of breasts contains 170 calories, while this same amount of thigh contains 210 calories. In similar fashion to carb content, the calories will change if you apply some form of sauce or topping to the chicken. Since this recipe calls for honey the idea is that calories are secondary to taste here. We feel the taste of the thighs enhance the addition of the honey orange glaze over that of the chicken breast.
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoon fresh grated orange zest
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (between 12 and 16 ounces total)
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small bunch fresh thin sliced green onions
In small bowl, combine honey and Sunburst fresh squeezed orange juice, orange zest, garlic and salt.
Rinse chicken with cold water and pat dry. Season lightly with sea salt.
In large non-stick skillet, carefully heat the butter and extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.
Add chicken and cook about 6 minutes, until well browned.
Turn chicken; cook another 4 minutes or until just cooked through.
Reserve several ounces of the honey-orange glaze. Pour remaining honey glaze over chicken and cook, turning chicken to coat as sauce begins to thicken, about 2 minutes.
Plate chicken breasts with fresh honey-orange glaze spooned over the top. Your favorite fresh steamed vegetables make a perfect side dish.
Garnish with green onions slices. Consider serving over a bed of rice or rice noodles.
About 380 calories per chicken thigh.
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