Here’s a super simple recipe that I did that utilized a family pack of chicken legs and thighs and oranges, with a side of garlic asparagus. It’s delicious, hearty, and only takes a few steps. The prep time was only a few minutes.


Orange Paprika Chicken

  • Family pack of dark meat check (legs, thighs, both)
  • 2 oranges
  • Paprika
  • Salt

Garlic Sauteed Asparagus

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Three cloves of garlic


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lay chicken in baking pan.

If you don’t have a juicer, slice oranges so that you can easily squeeze juice over the chicken.


Then liberally sprinkle paprika over orangy chicken. Then conservatively sprinkle salt over paprikay orangy chicken.

OrangeChicken2Park in the oven for about an hour. It’s done when the internal temperature is 165. When the meat of the leg pulls away from the bone, that’s a good sign that it’s done.


Trim asparagus stems. Toss the woody parts.

I stole this move from Alton Brown. Wrap a moist paper towel around the asparagus.

OrangeChicken5Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes, then allow to sit in the microwave for another few minutes. This will perfectly steam the asparagus.

If you want, you can serve it just like this, and toss with some salt and garlic powder.

While that’s cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan on medium low heat. When the oil starts to get hot, toss in the garlic and cook.

OrangeChicken6Allow the garlic to soften and turn translucent, but be careful not to burn.

When the asparagus is done, toss into the pan and shut the heat off. Stir with a spoon to coat the asparagus with hot garlic oil. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve.

note to self: check if photo is focused. note to self 2: take more than one picture.


So with only a few steps, you can have a yummy chicken dinner. Easy and delicious is the name of the game.


If you want, serve some rice on the side. I did.


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