I was about to buy one of those pre-marinated packages of chicken parts at my local hispanic market, when I realized I had several bags of boneless chicken breasts in the freezer. Deciding to try something new, I headed over to the produce area and bought some bell peppers, onions and cilantro (you ALWAYS have to have cilantro, right?) to see what I could put together.
When I got home I rummaged for other ingredients, and this ended up being my recipe for a dinner that everyone in the family ate without complaint.
2-2.5 lbs Small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (sold in large bags)
1 Small can mandarin oranges
1/3 cup Chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup Chopped yellow bell pepper
1/3 cup Chopped orange bell pepper
1/3 cup Chopped red onion
1/3 cup Chopped brown onion
4 oz About 1/3 bottle of herb & garlic marinade
Bunch Chopped cilantro to your liking
1 tbsp Olive oil or your preferred cooking oil
I always try to use a metal-handled skillet so I can stick things in the broiler to get a toasty top surface before serving.
- Put the thawed chicken in a bowl and add the herb & garlic marinade. Toss things a little to ensure all the surfaces are covered. Dribble in about 1/3 of the juice from the can of mandarin oranges. Toss again.
- Heat you skillet to medium heat and add the oil and the bell peppers. Stir and cook for about 4 minutes and add the onions. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add the chicken breasts and the marinade to your skillet and increase heat to get everything simmering.
- When simmering, add about half of the mandarin oranges. These will pretty much fall apart and disappear during cooking, but don’t worry… you have the other half to add later.
- Stir, flip and re-arrange the chicken every few minutes to cook evenly. This will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken, but I used the small “individually frozen” breasts that come in a bag, and it took about 15 minutes.
- Due to the large amount of liquid in this mixture, the chicken is hard to brown on the stove. I like a little brown on the edges, so I used the broiler for about 3 minutes at the end. If you do too, pre-heat your broiler as cooking is wrapping up.
- When nearing completion, add remaining mandarin oranges and desired cilantro to the top of your dish, and place it in the broiler for 3 minutes, checking to see if you’ve achieved your desired appearance.
- Remove from broiler and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.