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I don’t get to watch the Food Network like I used to. Since becoming a mother, I see more Dora than food. Which I guess is ok, since I have about a million recipes I want to try, so I really don’t need to be adding more to my list. (Which, even though I say that, grows just about every day!!) I have the few shows that I am a devout watcher of – like 30-Minute Meals, the Rachael Ray Show and lately – $10 Dinners. Melissa d’Arabian was a winner of The Next Food Network Star, and I really love the premise of her show. Feed 4 people on $10 or less. Today, it seems like we can all use some cheap cooking ideas!! I have a whole list of recipes from her first season that I’ve written down that I want to try. Now, if only I wouldn’t have tried this one first…

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I promise to tell the truth – good or bad. Now, sometimes I think I don’t have a very picky palate, because I really do like most recipes, but every once in awhile, I’ll come across one that’s not all that great. This one falls into that category. I had such high hopes for it because it had 5 stars on the Food Network website, with over 400 ratings and reviews. (Now I’m wondering if it was just me, with all that love…) Our problem with this recipe was not the flavor, though, but the fact that the chicken was super dry. I didn’t expect that, using bone-in chicken. I know my oven cooks a little hot, so I did turn the temperature down a little bit, but that still didn’t help.

I think that if I were to try this again, I’d do what Alton Brown said to do in the 40 Cloves and a Chicken recipe I made – put a lid on the pan while it’s cooking in the oven. That chicken was super moist, and I think that was the trick…

Even though this was the first recipe I’ve made from this show and it wasn’t a huge hit, I still haven’t given up. I still have a whole list of recipes to try, so stay tuned for more $10 Dinners!

Crispy-Skinned Chicken a l’Orange
from Melissa d’Arabian via $10 Dinners

serves 4

total time: about 40 minutes

salt and pepper
3 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
4 tablespoons honey

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Heat the oil in a large ovenproof saute pan over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper all of the chicken breasts liberally. Sear the chicken, skin side only, until browned and slightly crispy, about 5 minutes.

While the chicken is browning, make the orange glaze. In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice concentrate and honey. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook the mixture over medium heat until it boils. Remove from heat.

Once the chicken has browned on the skin side, turn the chicken over and brush each piece with the glaze. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165F, about 15 minutes. Brush the chicken with the glaze and pan juices half way through. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Remove the bone from the chicken and slice the meat. Serve.

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18 Responses to Crispy Skinned Chicken a ‘L Orange

  1. Joanne says:

    I don't really know how I feel about Melissa D'Arabian. I like the premise of the show, but her recipes just rarely ever stand out to me.

    I'm sorry this wasn't a winner. Let us know if you try it with Alton's method!

  2. Susi says:

    I haven't caught her show so far but I liked her on the next Foodnetwork star. It does stink when you have high hopes for a recipe and just doesn't live up to it. I think it happens to all of us :o)

  3. Jennifurla says:

    This looks so simple and dslicious

  4. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I haven't watched her show yet, I'm like you, I don't watch Food Network as much as I used to.

    The flavors seem good here, very simple and tasty. Maybe I'll give it a shot as I LOVE orange! Thanks!

  5. Kim says:

    My TV is tuned to Diego and all other cartoons too. I squeeze those shows in here and there, mostly at night.
    I've never made one of Melissa's recipes, but I have heard good things about them. Sorry this one wasn't a hit. I've always wanted to try chicken a l orange.

  6. Monet says:

    My husband and I are trying to save money…and so we got rid of cable. I don't miss it, except for the Food Network!

  7. Pam says:

    I used to be addicted to the Food Network but seldom watch it now. The flavors sound good in this recipe but I'm wondering if it's really super sweet. It sounds easy enough though!

  8. Miss Meat and Potatoes says:

    Oh bummer! I have to admit – that recipe caught my eye too until I saw the ingredient list. It was so sparse that it seemed a LITTLE too good but be true so I doubt it's just you. I do like her show though and will keep watching.

    Oh well – at least the mediocre recipes make us appreciate the great ones even more:)

  9. Barbara says:

    I've not seen her show yet, Deborah. But I wish her luck…after all, she did win! Had to be a reason, right? Sorry this recipe wasn't up to par; let's hope she does better!

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  11. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    This looks so incredibly simple, and what a flavor combination! Yum!

  12. cookies and cups says:

    too bad it didn't turn out well..but the picture is gorgeous!!
    never watched the show either…will have to check it out!

  13. Abby says:

    I'm right there with you: In our house it's either Thomas or Max and Ruby….

    I have to admit I rarely turn to the Food Network for recipes bc so many of them are dump and stir. I hate this didn't work out for you!

  14. Anna says:

    I'm a food Network devoted, My favorites are Bobby Flay, Ina Garten and Giada. Ina's recipe never disappoint. Melissa…..I haven't watched her show yet but I did try a recipe she made in the food network star show. It was an individual potato Gratin. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/5-minute-individual-potato-gratins-recipe/index.html it was very easy and delicious.

    I guess you could try this recipe again and cover with a lid as Alton brown said. It would be Alton/Melissa chicken L'orange. LOL

  15. grace says:

    well, it sure sounds fancy. when in doubt, break out some french terms. 🙂

  16. Julie says:

    You should definitely try making the muffin-cup gratins… I swear by that recipe!

  17. Julie says:

    That is a shame cause it sure sounds yummy! I'm sure if you could get it to be more moister that would be better.

  18. Danielle says:

    It's a shame yours didn't turn out well. You should definitely give it another go, though. I've made this recipe before and it was great. I forget what technique Melissa uses, but when I roast bone-in chicken, I usually cover the roasting pan with foil. Maybe that's what made the difference.

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