Tonight I had a self imposed “Just Add OJ”* challenge… I wanted to cook a meal where Florida Orange Juice was a main ingredient.
Part of the Just Add OJ ambassador program is to highlight the versatility of using Florida orange juice as an ingredient (i.e., works for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts, etc.). On top of being a great mimosa mixer (mmm…. mimosas), Florida Orange Juice also works in baked good or as delicious sauces and marinades for all things sweet and savory. I grew up with my dad using OJ as his secret ingredient for his pork. He would always squeeze his own oranges fresh from our backyard to make the perfect marinade and let it sit overnight. My dad makes some good pork.
There are plenty of Florida Orange Juice inspired recipes at Floridajuice.com, including the following recipe for Whole Roasted Orange and Sage Chicken that immediately caught my attention when I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight.
I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I decided to use the recipe as inspiration and just use what I had on hand. Instead of a whole chicken, I had split chicken breasts and, instead of doing a wet rub or sauce, I created a marinade with the orange juice.
Here was what I came up with for the marinade:
- 2 cups Florida Orange Juice
- 1.5 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
The chicken marinated for about 5 hours (from just after lunch to just before dinner time).
Then it baked in a cast iron skillet in the oven at 325 for an hour.
Unfortunately the lighting in my kitchen is TERRIBLE so I have no pretty shots of the roasted orange chicken breast. Boo.
However, the chicken was good. It was really moist and the citrus flavor wasn’t overpowering at all. The chicken had just a hint of orange sweetness to it that was complemented nicely by the addition of the parsley. Next time I’d try the chicken in the crock pot.
On the side I had faux fried green tomatoes and roasted broccoli.
A complete and delicious meal.
Thanks to Florida Orange Juice, I have an orange juice inspired giveaway for you.
One Meals and Miles reader will receive:
- $20 Williams-Sonoma gift card
- Claire Robinson’s “5 Ingredient Fix” cookbook
- a measuring cup
You can enter below by answering the question: What’s your favorite way to enjoy Florida Orange Juice?
You have until 11:59pm on Friday, March 1st to enter. This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Once a winner is selected I will contact them via email to collect their prize.
*This post was sponsored by Florida Orange Juice. All opinions are my own.*