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Blood Orange Rosemary Chicken Thighs

Blood Orange Rosemary Chicken Thighs

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Meals around our kitchen have definitely had a Mediterranean flare lately.  At times we question our heritage as those spices have been flowing.  With blood oranges still being in season, longer than usual this year, this recipe for has been served more than once.  This Blood Orange Rosemary Chicken Thighs recipe is fresh, bright and the perfect way to welcome warmer months.

Blood Orange Rosemary Chicken Thighs

Besides being a rich in flavor recipe, this one can be made in a snap.  Super easy, super good;  the way we like it.  I always have chicken thighs tucked away in the freezer for easy to make meals.  I find that chick thighs are more moist as well as more flavorful then breasts.  As well, they cook up in a snap on the grill, stovetop or in the oven.  Super simple!

The brightness of using fresh blood oranges and rosemary in this recipe definitely takes you to a sunny table sitting on a beach overlooking the sea.  The aroma alone while cooking will take you there in a moment.  I was working on this recipe to shoot the other day, and when Lenny got home from a job, he said he could smell it outside the front door.  He knew he was in for a good meal.

Blood Orange Rosemary Chicken Thighs

Head out to the market and pick up some blood oranges while they are still lurking around.  If you cannot find them, then use any other favorite oranges.  I have made this recipe with Cara Cara, Valencia as well as tangerines.  All work perfectly along with fresh rosemary.


  • Chicken thighs with skin and bones have more flavor and the skin keeps them moist and flavorful.  If you are concerned with fat as well as calories, remove the skin after cooking.  


  • Oven proof baking dish or frying pan

Recipe:  Blood Orange Rosemary Chicken Thighs


6 chicken thighs, with or without skin
3 small blood oranges
2 large sprig of rosemary
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
a generous drizzle of olive oil

How To:

Preheat oven to 400.
In a small bowl or mortar crush the rosemary with the salt and pepper.
Slice 2 1/2 oranges into thin slices.  Save the other half for the juice.
Wash and pat dry the chicken thighs, then place into an oven proof skillet.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Scatter the rosemary mixture evenly over the chicken thighs.
Top the chicken thighs with the orange slices.  Squeeze the remaining half of orange all over the top.
Place into the oven.
Cook for 30 – 35 minutes; the temperature should reach 165 on a meat thermometer.

More Easy Chicken Thigh Recipes

Chicken with Olives

BBQ Chicken Thighs

Chicken Piccata

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