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One of the most frequently questions I hear is “what’s for dinner?” I hear this from my family, I hear it from friends, and I hear it from strangers. Yes, strangers — like when I’m checking out at the grocery store! Between you and me, I wish I could say that I am one of those people who meal plan for the week and can easily answer this age-old question at the drop of a hat. But the truth is, in most cases, I am the worst at meal planning, and guilty of leaving the decision of what to make for dinner until the last minute.
My version of meal planning, if you could call it that, looks like this:
Go to the market and head to the butcher counter. Settle on a variety of proteins, one of which invariably will involve chicken thighs, because goodness knows I can make so many things from chicken thighs. Whether in soup or in an adobo, I know I can always count on chicken thighs.
Once I’ve settled on the protein, then it’s time to check the produce and the pantry to see what strikes the imagination. My pantry is always stocked with red curry paste, onions, and garlic, and the fruit bowl on the counter is always brimming with sweet, juicy Wonderful Halos, which, as you know, I keep fully stocked for snacking and packed lunches. My kids love them because they are sweet, seedless and easy to peel. While Wonderful Halos are perfect for snacking, I have really loved how they add that unexpected twist and colorful addition to dishes, from muffins to salads, and now, dinner! Putting these ingredients together seemed a no-brainer.
I’ve found myself making this Thai-Spiced Mandarin Orange Roasted Chicken Thighs quite a lot this winter. Sheet pan suppers are always perfect for busy weeknights, and infusing brightness from mandarin orange zest into a Thai-style rub gives the chicken a flavorful twist that easily tricks my family into thinking that I had planned this meal well in advance.
With gorgeous caramelized vegetables and sticky slices of Halos mandarins that glaze the crisp chicken skin, you could easily serve this entertaining or for a simple weeknight supper. No one has to know that you didn’t plan it far in advance (though if you do allow the chicken to marinate, all the better) — your secret — our secret! — is safe with me.
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Thai-Spiced Mandarin Orange Roasted Chicken Thighs
There’s nothing simpler than a sheet pan supper. This recipe for Thai-Spiced Mandarin Orange Roasted Chicken Thighs is made extra flavorful by infusing citrus in a red curry rub, making it perfect for weeknights.
- 3 lbs bone-in chicken thighs (8 pieces)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 teaspoon mandarin orange zest
- kosher salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 Wonderful Halos mandarin oranges, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, sliced in 6 wedges
- 1 fennel bulb, sliced in wedges
- 1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
- fresh basil, for garnish
- fennel fronds, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 425°F with the wire rack placed in the center of the oven.
- Pat the dry chicken with paper towels and place on a foil lined baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, red curry paste and mandarin orange zest until well combined.
- Gently rub the red curry paste mixture between the skin and flesh of the chicken thighs, as well on the skin.
- Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, toss the mandarin orange slices, onion, fennel and garlic in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and scatter on the baking sheet with the chicken.
- Roast in the oven for 35 minutes, or until the chicken is 165°F.
- Garnish with basil and fennel fronds. Serve immediately.