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Monday, August 20, 2007

Garlic, Fennel and Orange Grilled Chicken Thighs

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 8:53 AM

ASD Associate Food Editor Chef John keeps it simple for all you SFoodies with less time on your hands this vacation season. Mmm, orange chicken. -d2

When your brain wants Chicken, but your heart wants Italian Sausage

By Chef John from Food Wishes Video Recipes

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You’re about to see a delicious culinary compromise. I was craving some grilled Italian sausage, but had a package of chicken thighs in the fridge waiting for me to grill them. What to do? My Uncle makes a great Italian sausage scented with fennel, garlic and a touch of orange zest. He makes these before Christmas, cures them in his cellar, and cooks them on Christmas Eve. They are sublime. So, that’s really what I wanted, but as I said, I had chicken to work with. I decided to use the same basic flavors to marinade the chicken to see if I could impart some of the magic of those sausages I was dreaming about...

Did it work? Yes and no. The chicken turned out to be very delicious. Anything grilled on a fire, after being marinated in garlic, fennel and orange is going to taste great, so on that level it was a great success. The only problem was it made me crave my Uncle’s sausage even more! By the way, if you’re wondering how I prepped my grill so the skinless chicken wouldn’t stick, go check out the Tandoori Chicken video recipe clip. Also, I like to garnish grilled meat dishes like this with the same fresh herb that I use in its dry form in the marinade. Since there was some dried oregano in the Italian herb mix, I finished my platter with some beautiful flowering oregano. This is just another great reason to plant some herbs, whether it’s in your backyard, rooftop, or windowsill. Enjoy!

CLICK HERE to watch the Video, as well as get this recipe's ingredients and amounts.

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