Baked chicken pieces combine with a pineapple and orange soy sauce...a delicious taste of the islands!
2 pounds chicken, cut up
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons dried, minced onion
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 (8 3/4-oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained and juice reserved
1/2 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 (11-oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
4 cups cooked rice
How to Make It
Arrange chicken pieces in a single layer in an ungreased 13"x9" baking pan; set aside. Combine soy sauce, ginger, pepper, onion, brown sugar, reserved pineapple juice and orange juice; pour over chicken. Cover and refrigerate one hour or overnight, turning once.
Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until tender. Uncover, and bake 20 to 25 more minutes or until golden and juices run clear when chicken is pierced with a fork. Remove chicken from baking pan; keep warm on a platter.
Skim off fat from pan drippings. In a medium saucepan, combine cornstarch and water with pan juices; heat until thickened and bubbly. Stir in pineapple and oranges and warm through; pour over chicken. Serve with cooked rice.
I cut the chicken into bite or two-bite-sized portions, allowing them to cook nicely. The mandarin oranges and pineapple are two wonderful additions to this sauce, which I've seen and tasted before.
**Suggestion: when marinading, do not use the same pan you will place in the oven. A glass pan will need to be room temperature or risk cracking. Waiting for my pan to become room temp ate up time.
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