This excellent dish from Food and Drink is simple to make and yields terrific flavour. Place garlic, butter, brown sugar, orange zest and juice in a baking dish, add the chicken, rub the chicken with coriander and bake. The result is tender chicken and a delicious orange and garlic sauce.
Avoiding Additives and Preservatives
Butter can sometimes contain colour, so look for a brand that contains only cream. Check the label on the coriander to make sure it does not contain colour or anti-caking agents.
8 whole cloves garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
2 tbsp (30 ml) unsalted butter
1 tbsp (15 ml) brown sugar
1 medium navel orange
4 chicken legs, about 10 oz (300 g) each
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp (5 ml) ground coriander
3 tbsp (45 ml) water, plus more, hot, if needed
Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
In a large glass baking dish, add garlic, butter and brown sugar. Using a vegetable peeler, remove 4 large strips of zest from orange and add to dish. Halve the orange and squeeze juice into dish; add halves.
Place chicken legs in dish and generously season with salt and pepper. Divide the coriander between the 4 legs, rubbing it into the skin.
Cover dish tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour.
Remove from oven and increase heat to 450°F (230°C). Remove foil, baste the chicken legs with cooking liquid, stir in 3 tbsp (45 ml) water and return uncovered to heated oven.
Continue cooking until chicken is golden, about 20 to 25 minutes, checking occasionally to avoid burning.
Remove chicken from dish. Carefully squeeze any residual juice from orange halves into cooking juices. Remove orange zest. Using the back of a fork mash up the garlic cloves. Stir the sauce to combine and pour over chicken legs. If needed add 1 tbsp (15 ml) hot water to dish to loosen sauce. Serves 4.
From the Winter 2017 issue of Food and Drink