Sweet and Tangy Mediterranean Citrus Chicken

Sweet And Tangy Mediterranean Citrus Chicken Recipe

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Lots of Mediterranean flavors going on in this delicious comfort dish. This makes a beautiful presentation dish for Company and your family.

**Don't be afraid of the steps involved with this dish -- it's well worth it.


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30 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


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  • 6
    bone-in chicken thighs
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/4 c
  • 3
    lemons, halved
  • 1
    orange quartered
  • 1 c
    pitted prunes (can sub dates)
  • 3
    cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 1
    cinnamon stick
  • 3/4 c
    dry white wine
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 6
    fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 c
    chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    salt and pepper

How to Make Sweet and Tangy Mediterranean Citrus Chicken


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  2. In a dutch oven, brown chicken in olive oil until skin is golden brown and crisp. Remove chicken.
  3. Sprinkle sugar over cut sides of lemon halves and orange quarters. Cook fruit, cut side down, in hot drippings in Dutch oven over med-high heat about 5 min. or until fruit browns and sugar melts and begins to bubble. Reduce heat to med-low and cook an additional 3 minutes. Add the prunes along with the garlic, onion and cinnamon stick.
  4. Increase heat to high and stir in wine. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring to loosen browned bits. Cook 3-6 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in bay leaves, thyme and stock. Nestle chicken in mixture and place a piece of parchment paper directly on chicken and cover dutch oven with a tigh-fitting lid.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hr and 30 min. or until chicken is tender. Let chicken stand, covered, in dutch oven for 30 minutes. Discard parchment paper and transfer chicken to a platter ; cover to keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid and then pour through a sieve into a saucepan. Reserve lemons and oranges; discard remaining solids. Bring sauce to a simmer over med-high heat. Remove from heat and add butter - whisk until sauce is smooth. Garnish chicken with lemons and oranges and serve with sauce on the side.

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About Sweet and Tangy Mediterranean Citrus Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mediterranean
Dietary Needs: Diabetic, Low Fat, Low Carb
Other Tag: Healthy

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