Because I like things sweet and because we have bell peppers coming out the waazoo now, here’s a tender, juicy orange, honey flavored chicken that is sure to delight your taste buds! This super simple recipe calls for chicken thighs atop your favorite chopped veggies. Pour on the sweet orange honey glaze and bake! Dinner was never done easier!
You will be delighted by how yummy and healthy this recipe is. It’s an all in one dish which makes for easy clean-up as well. Simply chop your favorite organic vegetables like onions, bell pepper, zucchini, sweet potatoes, mushrooms and add organic chicken thighs, garlic, salt, pepper and the orange honey glaze with thyme, and in no time, your house will smell amazing. Spoon the juices over the chicken and stir the vegetables a few times throughout cooking, and you’ll end up with juicy, tender chicken thighs that make you want to go back for seconds!
We are really enjoying our Fall garden and loving being able to just run out to the backyard and grab vegetables when we need them! We have planted about 30 bell pepper bushes in our yard and they are all producing! So I’m slowly working through all the bell peppers in our meals. I’m even cleaning and chopping bell peppers and freezing them so we have them ready for quick meals like omelettes and stir-fry.
Cut to the pic of the freshly watered bell peppers in the garden!
Here are a five fun facts about bell peppers:
- Bell Peppers are in the pepper (Capsicum genus family) along with other hot peppers, but they are lacking the Capsaicin gene which makes most peppers produce the burning sensation when eaten (hot or spicy). This is why they are called sweet peppers.
- Bell Peppers are actually fruits! It is a flowering plant which contains seeds inside. So yes, they are a fruit!
- Nutritionally, bell peppers are a great source of antioxidants and vitamins.
- Red bell peppers have more vitamins and nutrients than green ones. And they contain Lycopene. They have twice the vitamin C content than green peppers.
- The pulpy white inside part of the bell pepper is a rich source of Flavenoids and can be eaten. It’s usually discarded!
This is a great meal to make in large quantity because you can easily freeze the chicken thighs with veggies together in portions. Then when you need an even quicker meal, simply pull out a portion and heat in a pan. Add a little bit of water to the bottom of the pan and cover for a few minutes to allow the portion to thaw. Then uncover and grill in the pan until completely heated. Voila! Healthy dinner is served over and over again!
Here’s the recipe for the Sweet Orange Chicken Thighs with Veggies: