Tomato Citrus Chicken Thighs

By • January 18, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Author Notes: I really love the combination of tomato and citrus. Since tomatoes are not in season right now I used canned, but if you are making this in the summer by all means use fresh. Of course if it's summer you probably can't find kumquats - it's quite a pickle! I marinated my chicken for 3 hours - I work from home so I have the luxury of being able to take a chicken marinating break at 3 in the afternoon - if you are not so lucky you can start in the morning before (ugh) work for more orange flavor, or right when you get home for a lighter orange essence.aargersi

Serves 2

  • 4 skin on bone in chicken thighs
  • 1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed is preferable)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt for marinade, plus more for cooking
  • pepper
  • 6 canned san marzano tomatoes - most of the juice scraped off
  • 1/4 large red onion
  • 1 cup kumquates
  • 4 large cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  1. Toss the thighs with the cup of orange juice and 2 tsp salt - marinate for for 3-8 hours. Less will give you lighter orange flavor, more could affect the texture of the meat ...
  2. Heat the oven to 375. Put 2 tbs olive oil in a roasting dish. Lightly crush the garlic, just enough to get the paper off. Slice the onion. Lightly hand crush the tomatoes. Cut the kumquats in half and remove any big seeds (there shouldn't be many). Toss all of that in the roaster with a good pinch of salt and pepper and toss them together. Into the oven - check after about 15 minutes, when you start to see some nice brown tips of onions and things, stir it all and back into the oven.
  3. Heat the other 2 tbs olive oil to med-high in a large skillet. Pat the thighs dry and salt and pepper the skin. Cook skin side down until the skin is nice and brown. Get your roaster out and nestle the thighs into the tomato mixture skin side up. Set the timer for 20 minutes.
  4. When it beeps, top each thigh with a (generous) tbs of parmesan and back into the oven. Cook for 10-15 more minutes until the cheese is melted and browning. Remove from the oven and rest for a few minutes, then eat up. (We had them with rice but I think egg noodles or little pastas like orzo or something would be good too)
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over 2 years ago EmilyC

This looks really good...I also like tomato and citrus together, so your dish is right up my alley!

Henrykiss

over 2 years ago arielleclementine

love this idea! i've never cooked with kumquats- your recipe looks like a fantastic introduction!