Orange sirirach glazed chicken with peppercorns. Sounds kinda fancy, doesn’t it? Maybe fancy to you means difficult to make? Well, if so, you’re in for a big surprise. This dish is so outrageously easy to make that you’ll be using it as one of your ‘go to’ recipes for dinner parties and quick evening meals.
If you didn’t already know, chicken is an obsession with people and eating. Most everyone loves chicken. According to Pinterest, ‘chicken recipes’ outranks ‘recipes’ in searching. How ’bout that! And, I must say, I’m one chicken lover. In fact, I could start sprouting pin feathers any day. Yes, that’s how much I and my family love chicken!
In a quest to vary my chicken preparation, I’m always looking for new innovative flavors for chicken. And, it doesn’t matter what type of chicken, this orange sriracha glazed chicken with peppercorns will work whether it’s wings, thighs, legs or the whole bird. I just happened to have bone in skin on chicken breasts in my refrigerator, so that’s why I used them.
There is a special technique that I used with the chicken breasts that helped infuse the glaze into the meat. I made three diagonal, about one-fourth inch to one-half deep, slits in the meat prior to pan searing and cooking. Then when the warm glaze was poured on them, it seeped into the chicken better. You can gently pull those openings apart after cooking if needed.
Another thing that I love about creating recipes is introducing you to maybe small things, ingredients, techniques, cooking equipment, that you might not use. And, in this case it’s the whole peppercorns. I crushed them in a mortar and pestle because I wanted to retain some of the ‘crunch’ and ‘ruggedness’ of the entire peppercorn. Why did I use pink? Well, because that’s what I had in my pantry. Plus, they’re really pretty, love the color, and it adds ‘style’ to the finished dish. Yep, I believe in #prettyeating! You can use multi-colored if you like. I don’t think I’d use simply black because of the lack of ‘color’, which is another small feature of making this recipe different. If you’ve never used whole peppercorns, then try it. They do elevate, in my opinion, some recipes. And, because they’re not terribly expensive and because they last, you might want to keep some in your pantry inventory. You might even want to keep them in the freezer to extend freshness.
Sure hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. It can become a staple on your weekday menu because it takes little time at all. Just add a green or salad, and you’re in business, my foodie luvs! And, remember, life is too short just to eat dinner, make it a memorable dinner! xoxo ~ally
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