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Chicken Thighs With Mustard-Orange Sauce

Chicken Thighs With Mustard-Orange Sauce 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Dinner in Minutes Oct 24, 2017

Unless you are buying bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and butchering them yourself (which is easy to do; pull off the skin and make a few cuts to release the single bone, then save the bones for making stock), there is no need for a knife in this easy recipe. No chopping!

We used fresh tangerine juice instead of fresh orange juice, which put a little extra citrus zip in the sauce. But orange juice will work fine.

Serve with thin green beans (haricots verts).


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 4 good-size boneless, skinless chicken thighs (see headnote)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh tangerine juice (may substitute fresh orange juice; see headnote)
  • 3/4 cup no-salt-added chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain, spicy brown or Creole mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


Season the chicken lightly on both sides with the salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the chicken; cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes until browned, then turn them over on their second sides. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until just cooked through and browned; they will sputter so using a splatter screen will be helpful here. Use tongs to transfer the chicken thighs to a plate.

Pour the juice and broth into the pan (over medium-high heat); once the liquid starts bubbling, cook for about 5 minutes, stirring once or twice.

Whisk in the mustard, honey and hot pepper sauce; once the mixture returns to a boil, cook for 5 to 7 minutes, to form a sauce that has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. You can stir once or twice to eliminate any scorching.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, then return the chicken to the skillet; Cook for about 1 minute, or just until the thighs are heated through, turning to coat them on both sides.

Divide the chicken among individual plates, then spoon the pan sauce over each portion. Serve hot.

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Adapted from “The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook,” by Barbara Fairchild (Wiley, 2008).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 260

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 11g 17%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 130mg 43%

Sodium: 390mg 16%

Total Carbohydrates: 10g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 29g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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