I enjoyed a rare treat the other day. For over an hour, I was alone in the kitchen without any distraction. Baby Whipped’s unexpectedly long nap allowed me the freedom to experiment and create a few new recipes. Because I was tied to the house, I had to make do with what was in the pantry. And, because we indulged throughout our Thanksgiving break, I wanted to keep it lean.
Sometimes when spending creative time in the kitchen, I like to choose a few key ingredients and make my own version of the show “Chopped.” What can I create with the featured items I find on hand? For this recent challenge, I dug a bag of pearl barley from the very back of my cupboard. I rarely have juice in my house but remembered that I had some leftover fresh squeezed orange juice.
A quick peek in the crisper drawer revealed no fresh veggies or herbs. A visit to my outdoor herb garden led to my discovery of some robust rosemary. So, the first three things on the counter were barley, orange juice, and freshly snipped rosemary. Let the experimentations begin!
A barley salad was my initial concoction. While the barley was cooking in broth, I made a rosemary citrus vinaigrette. To add a little texture and excitement, I peeled the clementines on my counter and tossed in the sections. The recipe was good but I want to make a few slight adjustments and will share it with you in a future post. The chicken was a quick add-on keeping with my rosemary orange theme.
This new chicken recipe is super simple and will become a new favorite in my weeknight repertoire. The sauce was the best part and when it seeped over onto the barley, it made the salad even better! Serve the chicken with something to “sop” up the glaze.
Orange maple glazed rosemary chicken
Inspired by this recipe from allrecipes.com
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup dry white wine (editor's note: may substitute cooking wine)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons olive oil
In a small pan, bring orange juice and wine to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. While it is cooking, in a small bowl, combine the rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub the spice mixture into the chicken breasts and set it aside.
Stir the maple syrup into the juice mixture and continue to cook for about 10 minutes.
Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook on both sides for about 5 minutes each to brown the outside. Pour the sauce over the top, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 5-10 more minutes until chicken is cooked through and sauce is slightly thickened.