Pan Chicken Thighs with Orange Glaze

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Ingredients

5 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
2 Tablespoons olive oil/coconut oil/avocado oil
½ Tablespoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cumin
¾ teaspoon garlic salt
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less)
1 shallot, chopped
½ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (about 3 oranges)
½ cup chicken broth
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons honey (or preferred sweetener)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together smoked paprika, cumin, salt, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper. Season both sides of chicken thighs with spice mix.
  2. In a large, cast-iron skillet, add 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Heat on medium-high until oil is hot. Add in coated chicken.
  3. Cook thighs about 5 minutes, or until brown and easy to flip. (If chicken sticks to pan, let it cook a minute or two more.)
  4. Cook other side of chicken until fully cooked, 5-7 minutes longer (or until internal temperature reaches 165F)
  5. Remove chicken from pan and set aside. Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and chopped shallot to skillet. Saute 1 minute.
  6. Add in juice, broth, lemon, and honey. Stir and simmer until reduced down to desired consistency (about 13 minutes).
  7. Pour glaze over chicken. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Serves 5. Per serving (using olive oil and honey):

Calories: 209
Total Fat: 12g
Total Carbohydrate: 9g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 6g
Protein: 17g

Ingredients Highlights

Cayenne pepper has several surprising benefits, including helping to support circulatory health.

Coconut oil provides a boost of healthy fat that can energize and satiate. It is a strong antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial food.

Cumin improves digestion and immune function and promotes detoxification. It has antioxidant, anti-microbial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Enzymes in fresh lemon juice accelerate the digestive process. Even though lemon juice is acidic, it actually has an alkalizing effect on the body.

Honey has been used for thousands of years to soothe skin. It’s naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants, and moisturizing.

Orange is best known as being a good source of vitamin C, but is often overlooked for its other amazing benefits, such as supporting the immune system. 

While from the same family as onions, shallots have a milder taste and smell than onions and are often eaten raw due to their delicate flavor. Shallots have twice the protein and almost twice the natural sugar and carbs of onion. 

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