Sicilian Orange Marmalade Roasted Chicken-Inspired by Paddington the Bear
Loaded with flavor, the layers of tangy marmalade mesh into a perfect glaze for rotisserie chicken. A perfectly simple and delicious meal for a cold winter evening. In honor my favorite bear’s LOVE of marmalade I developed this ‘orange marmalade chicken glaze’. The use of authentic Sicilian Olive Oil and balsamic vinegar makes the dish divine. In the Huckleberry Hill Kitchen, we love the Papa Vince products (as they are authentic and support a local family run farm).
Adorable Paddington the bear arrives to London as a stowaway. Paddington is sent by his Aunt Lucy (one of his only few known relatives aside from Uncle Pastuzo, who gave Paddington his hat). Finally, arriving on dry land, Paddington states, “I came all the way in a lifeboat, and ate marmalade.”
Well known Paddington the bear is an ADORED children’s literature character. The popularity of the recent Paddington movies has children enthralled with the character. Did you know that the wonderful bear first appeared in October 1958 in the children’s book A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond?
What are your favorite childhood literature book characters? As an author I have a special place in my heart for children literature characters. I would love to hear from you! Feel free to share your memories and recipe ideas anytime. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, follow your dreams…even if they lead you all the way to the rugged California coast. Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (AKA Molly)
-Sicilian Orange Marmalade Chicken Glaze-
For this recipe to shine purchase a pre-cooked (non glazed) high quality chicken.
Set oven to 350 degrees. Cover the pre-cooked chicken with foil- to protect the skin and warm through. About 15-20 minutes. While the chicken warms mix the following:
- 1/3 cup orange marmalade
- 2 TBS. balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup authentic olive oil
- Dash of sea salt (I love using sea salt from Trapani, Sicily, Italy) and ground pepper
Stir together the orange marmalade, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and pour over the chicken. Return chicken to the oven (uncovered) for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce begins to brown. Garnish with candied oranges. Serve with rice, risotto or with a mixed green salad.
Wintertime is perfect for citrus. Slice oranges and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with marmalade, sprinkle top of slices with just a bit of light brown or granulated sugar (either works well) and add bits of salted butter. Broil in 425 degree oven. Keep an eye on them and remove once they glisten and turn brown on the edges of the orange skin (around 5 minutes). These candied oranges are a perfect edible garnish for your Sicilian marmalade chicken. They store well and are terrific for lunch boxes or a snack. Eat extra candied oranges cold the next day with vanilla Greek yogurt, yummy!