Oven-Roasted Chicken Breasts with Satsuma Tapenade
6 servings (serving size: 1 breast half and 2 tablespoons tapenade)
1/2 cup fresh satsuma orange juice (about 2 satsumas)
1 cup pitted kalamata olives
1 tablespoon capers
2 teaspoons grated satsuma orange rind
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 anchovy fillets, drained
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
6 (8-ounce) bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Satsuma orange wedges (optional)
Flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Place juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 3 minutes). Place juice, olives, and next 4 ingredients (through anchovies) in a food processor. Add 1 tablespoon oil; process until well blended.
Preheat oven to 425°.
Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 3 breast halves to pan, meat sides down; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Place chicken on a jelly-roll pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining 3 breast halves. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until chicken is done. Serve with tapenade. Garnish with orange wedges and parsley, if desired.
Wine note: If you haven't tried the white grape varietal viognier, now is the time. The bright, exotic orange flavor in this dish is enhanced by a viognier's citrusy floral and exotic qualities. A terrific, lively one is Yalumba's Viognier 2007 from Eden Valley, Australia ($12). —Karen MacNeil
Ignore the notion that 2 oranges will get you 1/2c of juice - unless they're the largest Satsuma ever. I ended up having to pull 8 from my tree.
I found the orange flavor came through the Tapenade just fine, playing in and out of prominence in a lovely way.
I could only find 1lb chicken breasts on the bone, so used my leave-in thermometer and let it cook as long as it needed. I think it was closer to 35 mins.
Served with brown rice, orange wedges, and a bottle of Chenin Blanc (local stores were distressingly out of the recommended Viognier, as was my cellar). It worked quite well as a substitute!
Overall the dish was not bad but the tapenade was a bit too salty and could benefit from using less than 1 cup of kalamata olives. The satsuma flavor was not at all detectable- mostly olive/caper flavor. The chicken texture and flavor was superb from the pan searing then high temperature baking method.
This is an excellent, light tapenade that I served as an appetizer with pita chips and French mini toasts, garnishing the serving tray with halved satusmas with an olive in the center. I added Courvoisier for extra zip. Everyone raved about it and I will definitely make it again. I haven't made the chicken yet.
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