Yum Peaceful Cooking: Orange-Zest Chicken: Salubrious Someday

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Orange-Zest Chicken: Salubrious Someday

Sunday came around and I was not in the mood for anything "salubrious" like. (can you say bbq beef sammies, cole slaw and creamed corn? YUM!!!)

Anyways...I always say better late than never though.......right? Right...so Wednesday it is.


I had some chicken that needed cooking ASAP. I was informed last night not to cook.

Noooo....not a bash on my cooking abilities. It was just HOT.

We had salad 2 days in a row. (uuugh)

Tonights dinner...which required cooking (YEAH!) came from my beloved Pillsbury Fast & Healthy Cookbook.

It was simple. Need I say more? Perfect after a long day.

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (I used lemon pepper)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon grated orange peel (umm....zest!!)
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used bone-in chicken thighs)

I doubled the lemon pepper and garlic powder, which may or may not be necessary. You decide.

In a teeny tiney bowl, mix the seasoned salt and garlic powder....


In a 10-inch skillet, heat oil and orange peel over medium heat.....

It smells reeeeeeeeally good!

Add your chicken and sprinkle with seasoning mix....

I only sprinkled half of the seasoning so that I could season the other side too. Thats why I doubled that part of the recipe, but I didn't end up using all of it. Maybe just half it again.

Cook, turning once, until chicken is done (juices run clear, yadda yadda yadda). If you're using chicken breast, this should take about 15 minutes. Other parts will take a little longer.


I steamed some veggies on the side


Then I ruined the whole thing by making one of those packages of noodle-roni. But man was it good!


O'well.... what can I say? I'm not gonna beat myself up over it. At least 2/3rds of the meal was healthy. Not too bad.

Btw...the chicken had great flavor. I imagine this would be really good on the bbq too.

Orange-Zest Chicken Breast Stats (if cooked as recommended by Pillsbury)
4 servings
Calories: 160
Calories from fat: 60
Total fat: 7g
Saturated fat: 1.5g
Trans fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 70mg
Sodium: 230mg
Total Carbohydrate: 0g

I was wondering....if any of you would like to participate in my Salubrious Sunday recipes? I could post your links and pics with my posts. I would just need the info by Wednesday, say noon-ish, PST in order to include them with mine.

If you're interested, send the links and pictures to me: peacefulcooking (at) gmail (dot) com

It would be fun. And I'd love to see what Salubrious stuffs you all might be cooking up.


  1. That's not a bad idea, Danielle.
    Might join you.
    Have to try this thing with chicken and orange zest, I can imagine how good it smells.

  2. the very presence of the orange zing makes this treatment of chicken superior to almost all others. really nice dish, danielle!

  3. Chicken and orange is so delicious together! I used to love Noodle Roni - they don't taste the same to me anymore.

  4. Dajana - yeah! :)

    Grace - thanks.....the orange "zing" was really nice. I was just thinking how good it would've been with a nice wine based sauce from deglazing the pan. not so healthy....but of course good

  5. Hi Reeni - no...Noodle Roni isn't as good as I use to think it was, but one of my girls loves it. It was the angel hair with garlic herb sauce. not as bad as some of them.

  6. Nice, orange and chicken are awesome together. Hm, I'd love to do some salubrious Sunday stuff with you, but... not very much of my cooking is salubrious. Heh. I think my next post is going to be about cream cheese brownies. :D

    But, next time I make something healthyish I'll let you know. :)

  7. What do you mean not healthy? It's more healthy than starving right:)

    Looks great, I might have to do this on the grill!

  8. Oh yummy...love the orange zest in there!!! I'll see what I can do...I'm not usually too salubrious ;) But if I make something, I will definitely send it your way!! :)

  9. Orange and chicken what a wonderful marriage of flavor.

    Gorgeous photography!

  10. good looking stuff girl! Good call on the noodles, we all can't be perfect, right?

  11. So "salubrious" is healthy? It too closly resembles "salivate" which is what I am doing right now.;)You do come up with some really good chicken!

  12. Wow, this orange zest chicken sounds and looks delicious...I am sure that the zest give an extra special flavor to the chicken...yummie!

  13. bob - typically, my meals are not very salubrious either (i mean they're better then a lot, but not hte best). I have to make myself cook healthy...thats why I started salubrious sunday.

    Chris - hahaha...ya, its better than starving!

    Heather - cool! anytime..just send it on over :)

    Michelle - thank you! I'm doing a whole lot better in the photography area than I did when I first started! and yes....chicken and orange is wonderful.

    DD - lol...ya, who wants to be perfect anyway? (cept for maybe that koolaid guy in BS!)

    Cathy - ya...i guess the whole point is to create salubrious meals that make you salivate. and ya...when you cook chicken as often as I do....it had better be good once in a while ;)

    Julianna - Nice to meet you! New faces are always fun and welcome!! There is something special that happens with orange and chicken.


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