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SHEET PAN RHUBARB CHICKEN

Ingredients
  • 2 c Rhubărb, ăbout 1 lărge stălk, sliced into 1/2” sections
  • 1/4 c Orănge Juice
  • 2 T Honey
  • 1/2 c (1 Stick) Butter, ROOM TEMP.
  • 8 Chicken Thighs (See Note 1)
  • 2 T Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 T Thyme Leăves
  • 1 Bunch Broccolini or ăspărăgus
  • 2 Limes


Instructions
  1. prepăre the păn ănd oven
  2. Preheăt oven to 400F (stăndărd), or 385F (făn/convection).
  3. Sprăy 12×17 (or similăr) sheetpăn with cooking sprăy or brush with oil.
Măke the rhubărb butter
  1. In a small saucepan (2 qt), heat the rhubarb, orange juice, and honey to a simmer. Simmer until rhubarb is softened, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Strain the softened rhubarb over a bowl, and reserve the pink liquid. You will use it to baste the chicken.
  3. Set the rhubarb chunks to cool a bit.
  4. When cooled, using a fork, mix the softened rhubarb with the butter, until all of the butter is smoothly incorporated. Salt (1/4 t) and Pepper (Big pinch) the butter.


Prepare the Chicken Thighs
  1. Gently loosen the skin over each thigh.  Using a teapoon, place a spoonful of the rhubarb butter between the skin and flesh and rub it around a bit.  It’s ok to rub a bit on the bottom of each thigh as well.
  2. Pat the tops of the thighs dry with a paper towel. Place each on the sheetpan, covering about 2/3 of the sheetpan.
  3. Salt and pepper each thigh, then brush the tops of the thighs with 1 Tablespoon (total) Olive oil. Then brush with the reserved Rhubarb liquid.
  4. Sprinkle with thyme leaves.
  5. Place in preheated oven. Roast 30 minutes. Remove from oven.

Add the Broccolini (or Asparagus)
  1. Toss Broccolini spears with 1 T olive oil. Salt and Pepper generously. Cut limes in half.
  2. Add to the section of the sheetpan that is still empty. Place limes, flesh side down, onto the pan as well.
  3. Return pan to oven for 15 more minutes.
  4. When done, remove pan from oven, let rest 5 minutes, then remove and serve, squeezing lime juice over everything.

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