Fast Family Meal – Chicken and Rice L’Orange
This weekend, while covering the Pillsbury Bake-Off, I had the pleasure of attending a food news seminar conducted by Smucker’s, one of the contest sponsors. Kelsey Nixon hosted the seminar, where she discussed the importance of family meals.
Today’s busy lifestyles and complicated schedules are making the simple act of sitting down as a family to eat a meal together as an increasingly rare activity. Research continues to show that the benefits of eating together go beyond food and conversation and reach into areas that make us stronger individuals, families and communities.
Kelsey’s presentation reminded me of a favorite family meal we enjoyed growing up. It is a quick and easy take on a classic French dish, Duck L’Orange. We swapped duck for chicken and the secret to the orange sauce is 1/4 cup of Smucker’s Orange Marmalade.
With 10 simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes, this fantastic family meal is served!
1 cup uncooked rice
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup golden raisins
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 cup sliced almonds
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup sliced green onions
Combine rice, orange juice, water and salt in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling; stir once or twice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes. When rice is done, stir in the raisins.
While rice is cooking, melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add almonds and cook and stir until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove almonds and set aside.
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add chicken; cook until brown on both sides. Add orange marmalade to skillet and stir to coat chicken. To serve, spoon rice onto plate, top with chicken. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and green onions.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 524, Total Fat 17 g, Cholesterol 99 mg, Sodium 774 mg, Total Carbohydrate 59 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Protein 33 g
Seven Secrets to Successful Family Dinners
1. Start the pattern of family dinners when children are young.
2. Encourage your children to create menu ideas and participate in age-appropriate meal preparation.
3. Turn off the TV and let calls go to voicemail during dinnertime.
4. Talk about what happened in everyone’s day: school, work, extracurricular activities or current events.
5. Establish a routine to start and end each meal. Light candles or tell a story.
6. After dinner play a board game or serve dessert to encourage the family to continue the conversation.
7. Keep conversation positive and make sure everyone gets a chance to speak.
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