Thursday, 22 December 2011

10 hour honey and orange chicken thighs

... it's odd, this lull time between now and The Big Day... I kinda feel like I should be eating sparingly... salads and soups... and it's weird because with all the planning and lists i'm not that hungry... well my sweet tooth has gone completely out the window... but I still need to eat...

... I thought I'd give my beloved chicken thighs the  Gwyneth Paltrow 10 Hour's so simple with barely anything to do but leave it in the oven for 10 hours... giving me plenty of time to do some last minute shopping, wrap prezzies and generally enjoy a couple of good old-fashioned Christmas movies... I wasn't quite sure how they'd turn out, not being the whole bird but boy oh boy are these babies good... succulent, tender to the point that they're falling off the bone and they have the most intense chicken flavour... and the juices that have come out of the thighs are so clear and full of wonderful richness... i'm considering doing a Christmas Turkey this way just to see how it comes out!

10 hour honey and orange chicken thighs
the original recipe calls for lemons but I only had oranges, so added a little honey too... 

8 chicken thighs
1 orange - quartered
1 tablespoon honey
1 large carrot - roughy chopped
1 stick of celery - roughly chopped
1 medium leek - roughy chopped
a lot of thyme
salt and pepper

- place the veg and orange pieces into a large oven-proof dish or casserole pot, place the chicken thighs on top, skin side down, sprinkle with herbs and seasoning and drizzle with honey

- wrap very tightly with foil and bake in the oven, set to 100C for 9 and a half hours

- after the 9 and a half hours, remove the foil, turn the heat up to 190C and bake for a further 30 mins or until the chicken is golden

eat and of course enjoy!



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