Citrus and Cumin Braised Chicken

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"If you don't have time to marinade, try this easy and healthy recipe. I believe the original recipe appeared in Gourmet Magazine and they suggested that sliced green olives could be added to the sauce as an option."

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (327.8 g)
  • Calories 148.3
  • Total Fat - 4.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 11.3 mg
  • Sodium - 241.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 20.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.2 g
  • Sugars - 11.1 g
  • Protein - 8.1 g
  • Calcium - 204.8 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 65.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil, add the chicken and cook until browned but not cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate; set aside.

Step 2

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, if necessary. Add the garlic, onion and cumin, and cook stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add the orange and lemon juices and the broth and stir to combine. Return the chicken to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer gently, turning the chicken occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter; cover to keep warm. Continue to cook the sauce, stirring, for 1 minute or until slightly reduced. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve OR return the chicken to the skillet and coat with the sauce.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



This is really really good, light and refreshing. I did have boneless skinless thighs that HAD to be used up or tossed in the fridge so I used those for this recipe and LOVED it. I didn't bother taking the chicken out of the pan before making the sauce which worked out just fine. One other minor change: I sprinkled the cumin on with the salt and pepper prior to cooking and that worked really well. Super easy weeknight meal that my whole family enjoyed.

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(7 Feb 2012)


Made this as directed with mouth watering results. What a delicious chicken recipe. I served this with Derf's Lemon Roast Potatoes and both complemented each other quite well. This has been added to my regular rotation. Made for the Billboard Recipe Tag Game.

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(24 Jan 2012)