Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chicken Breast with Tarragon and Orange Butter

White meat has to be my least favorite part of a chicken, i always find it dry and lacking any taste, kinda what i think chewing cardboard paper will feel like, so i tend to steer clear of the chicken breast, i feel there is way too much meat, not a lot of fat and juices to keep the meat moist. I can tell you though, that this was the best chicken breast i have ever eaten hands down, THE BEST!!!!I not sure if it was the orange butter stuffing that kept it moist as it baked, or if i finally got my timing right, but i swear i heard angels singing hallelujah as i took the first bite.

My love for combining fruits with meat is no secret, so there's no wonder that when i saw this recipe on masterchef australia last year, i took a mental note of what i would definitely be cooking sometime.

I served it with mashed butternut pumpkin, basic boiled, mashed and mixed with butter and some seasoning, and my infamous sweet green beans that i got off Chrissy's blog a while ago, yum yum, i have been making these beans with EVERYTHING, i cant get enough of it.

Ingredients (serves 1)
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1 orange
2 tbsp of butter, softened
1 chicken breast with skin on
1 bunch of Tarragon
2 tbsp of Olive oil
2 tbsp of honey
1 small onion sliced
1tsp of ground onion
1tsp of ground garlic
Chilli pepper
Seasoning ( i use knorr)
Olive oil spray

Preheat oven to 450degF,  In a bowl mix, butter and tarragon with orange zest, gently lift the skin off the chicken breast at one edge and stuff with about 3/4 of orange butter mixture.
Season the chicken with salt, pepper, ground onion and garlic and then,
Place in a baking pan lined with foil paper and lightly spray both sides with Olive oil spray
Bake for 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes so that both sides are browned.

When chicken is cooked, drain pan juices into a frying pan over medium heat and saute onions until golden, add orange juice and honey, and let boil till it reduces by a quarter, add remaining orange butter and steer until butter has melted.

You can serve this with mashed potatoes/mashed butternut pumpkin like i did, with an extra side of fresh asparagus/ green beans.

Place chicken breast on mashed potato/mashed butternut pumpkin, and drizzle with the orange sauce, YUM!

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