Orange Chipotle Baked Chicken

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"A simple, but delicious, marinated and baked chicken. Now, I used chicken quarters for this recipe; but, this would be delicious with any cut of chicken. I think using fresh orange juice and cilantro is also really key. And, I add orange wedges and onions to the pan, as the chicken bakes; it really adds a nice flavor. This recipe is for 2-3 chicken quarters (depending on the size); but, simply double if necessary. Prep time does NOT include marinating time."

Original is 3-4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (253 g)
  • Calories 259.6
  • Total Fat - 14.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 45.4 mg
  • Sodium - 18.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 29.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.3 g
  • Sugars - 21.5 g
  • Protein - 5.7 g
  • Calcium - 78.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 78.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

A Couple of Notes ... Use any seasonal orange - the sweeter the better. Halo or (mandarin) oranges were in season, so that is what I used. Don't use canned; you need fresh. Also, fresh cilantro is important for this dish. And, most grocery store carry a Mexican seasoning; but, you could always use a basic all purpose seasoning, if that is all that is available.

Step 2

Marinade ... Now, I use a ziploc bag to marinate the chicken - easy and disposable. You could always use a glass bowl, but not metal. Add everything to the bag, along with the chicken; close, and shake until everything is coated and combined. Refrigerate at least 1 hour; but, I prefer 4-6 if possible. However, NO longer - the citrus juice will actually start to 'cook' the chicken.

Step 3

Chicken ... Add the chicken to a 9x9 pan (lined with parchment or foil for easy clean up), or similar size dish; along with the onions, orange wedges; and, a little chicken broth - just so it doesn't burn. Season the chicken with the Mexican seasoning, a little salt; and, paprika.

Step 4

Bake ... In a 350 degree oven, middle shelf; for 45 minutes. Now, depending on the size of the chicken; and, the pieces you use - cooking time could vary. For the quarters, 45 minutes was perfect.

Step 5

Serve and ENJOY! ... Squeeze those roasted oranges over the chicken before serving. And, don't forget to serve those roasted onions with the chicken too. Cheesy polenta would be a great side dish. I also love a good salad with more oranges and a creamy poppy seed dressing. It sort of ties the whole meal together.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

1 Reviews


Great chicken - we used 4 chicken thighs and marinated them for one hour. I used one big orange and used Italian seasoning. Skipped the chicken broth which it really didn't need and forgot the cilantro. Great chicken which we enjoyed. Thanks for sharing!


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(28 Mar 2015)

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