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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Easter Dinner

Breaded Chicken Tenderloins Atop Brown Lentils Covered with Thin Sliced Fresh Lemons and Oranges Coated With a Rich, Spicy Citrus Glaze and Crunchy Almonds

  • Boil brown lentils in water until done.  I used 1 1/2 cups (dry) which made 4 1/2 cups cooked.  Recipe on the back of the lentil bag.  My amounts above required 6 cups water in saucepan, added 1 1/2 cups lentils, brought to boil, reduce to low and cook for 12-15 minutes.  Drain. 
  • Tossed chicken tenderloins in bowl with bit of flour, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder.  
  • Thinly slice one lemon and one orange, remove seeds.  You'll squeeze just a small amount of both in the glaze.  
  • Make a spicy citrus glaze from olive oil, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, dash of each ground cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, and allspice.  Add black pepper, dash chili powder, garlic powder.  Bit of water.  
  1. Spray 13X9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cooked and drained lentils go in the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Top lentils with breaded chicken tenderloins.
  4. Top chicken with thin slices of lemon and oranges across the whole dish.
  5. Pour spicy citrus glaze evenly over the top of the entire dish.  
  6. Top dish with chopped/sliced almonds.  
  7. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. 
  8. Remove cover and reduce heat to 300-325 and continue baking for another 45 minutes.  
I served this dish alongside asparagus spears roasted on a baking sheet in the oven.  Season the way you'd like to.  I'm thinking simple....sea salt and coarse ground black pepper.  Happy Easter-y Spring-y weekend.

9 comments:

wcs said...

Oh, this sounds tasty. Enjoy!

Cubby said...

Mmm, that looks good. We've been on a lentils kick lately. We'll give it a try.

Greg said...

That looks delicious! I hope you and yours enjoyed Easter!

Bill M said...

Sounds delicious. Also on a lentils kick here, for the last couple months. Have made several variations on dal, so this recipe is a nice contrast. Happy Eastertide!
--Bill

Bill M said...

Sounds delicious. Also on a lentils kick here, for the last couple months. Have made several variations on dal, so this recipe is a nice contrast. Happy Eastertide!
--Bill

The New Flops Boy said...

Looks delicious! Hope all is well!

XO FFB

Ur-spo said...

I agree; this one sounds worth trying. Thank you for sharing it.

cb said...

Da-rool, da-Roooool!

WAT said...

I'm a little late for this dish, but it sure looks deelish dude.