Chicken, Chicken, Chicken….

I started eating chicken about 6 months ago…after being a vegan for over 20 years.  It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I am glad I took that first bite.  For me, chicken has to be almost over cooked in order for me to eat it, but I am learning how to add different flavors to help me get over that!  Here is a recipe that I think many people will love!

Orange Chipotle Chicken

  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp safflower oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb), rinsed and patted dry, pounded ½-inch thick
  • Juice 1 medium navel orange (1/3 cup orange juice)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • ¼ packed cup chopped cilantro leaves


  1. In a small bowl, combine chile powder, cumin and ¼ tsp salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet to medium-high. Tilt skillet to coat bottom lightly. Season both sides of chicken with chile-cumin mixture and cook for 3 minutes per side or until no longer pink in center. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add orange juice and maple syrup to juice and bits left in skillet and cook for 1 minute to thicken slightly (until it measures ¼ cup liquid), stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in chipotle chiles in adobo sauce and orange zest. Add chicken back to skillet, return to heat and cook for 1 minute on medium-high, turning constantly.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine rice, cilantro and remaining ¼ tsp salt. Serve chicken over rice and spoon any excess glaze over top chicken pieces.



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