Sticky Orange-Glazed Chicken Thighs

Sticky Orange-Glazed Chicken Thighs

I really want lighter-colored plates to show the food a bit better. Someday! I’m sort of dubious about most homemade barbecue-style sauces, since I’m rarely a fan of bottled barbecue sauce — but this one is surprisingly good. “Holy crap delicious” is not something I usually think of when I think of orange juice concentrate, either, and that’s the source of the orangitude in this sauce. The chicken is a nice vehicle for it — takes to the flavor well but isn’t overwhelmed, and crispy chicken skin in sticky, sweet sauce is almost always a winner. I served this with Miracle Mac & Cheese and some roasted broccoli, though I’d probably prefer corn instead of the macaroni and cheese in the future. The sauce might also work well on pork.

Sticky Orange-Glazed Chicken Thighs, reproduced pretty slavishly from The Bitten Word

6-8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. ketchup
1 c. orange juice concentrate
2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
4 tsp. white wine vinegar
4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. hot sauce

Preheat the oven to 450F and put a rack in the top third. Season the chicken and put it in a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 45 or 50 minutes or until it’s done, turning halfway through.

Meanwhile, mix the ketchup, orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire and hot sauce in a pot on the stove. Simmer for 20-3o minutes; it will get thick and smell unbearably delicious. Cheer a little. Taste.

Remove the chicken thighs from the oven and preheat the broiler. Put the chicken in a bowl and toss with about a third of the sauce. Pour off the fat from the baking sheet, return the chicken to it and crisp the sauce up under the broiler until it’s a bit blistered and just lovely. Let it sit for a few minutes and serve with delicious accompaniments.

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~ by iliadawry on 2 July 2012.

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