Bohemian Orange Chicken
This Eastern European comfort food dish was inspired by two duck recipes: duck à l'Orange and a Bohemian-style roasted duck. The caraway-scented sweet and sour orange sauce works really well with chicken. Serve on top of traditional Czech bread dumplings alongside sautéed cabbage. Adapted from a recipe by Andrew Zimmern.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 8(5 ounce) bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- 2teaspoons kosher salt
- 1tablespoon olive oil
- ½cup diced onion
- 1pinch kosher salt
- 1tablespoon white sugar
- 2cloves garlic, minced
- 1medium orange, zested
- ⅔cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2cups chicken broth
- 1pinch ground cinnamon
- 1pinch cayenne pepper
- ⅛teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1tablespoon caraway seeds
- 1splash water, or as needed
- 1teaspoon grated orange zest
Step 1Generously season chicken thighs on both sides with 2 teaspoons kosher salt.
Step 2Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, to the hot oil and sear until skin is golden brown and releases from the bottom of the skillet, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and sear on the other side for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove chicken to a plate. Drain fat from the skillet and reserve for another use.
Step 3Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 4Place the skillet back on the stove. Add onion, a pinch of kosher salt, and sugar. Turn heat to medium-high; cook and stir until onion turns translucent and sugar starts to caramelize on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds, being careful not to burn.
Step 5Add orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, and chicken broth. Increase heat to high, and stir in cinnamon, cayenne, and black pepper. Stir occasionally and bring to a boil. Boil until liquids are reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 6Turn off the heat and transfer chicken and any accumulated juices back into the skillet; make sure the skin is facing up. Baste chicken with the liquid and sprinkle caraway seeds over top.
Step 7Cover and bake in the center of the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven, remove the lid, and baste chicken.
Step 8Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 20 more minutes, adding a splash of water if the liquid dries out. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
Step 9Remove from the oven and baste again. Garnish with grated orange zest and serve.