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It’s mid-summer and most nights, the kids and hubby start roaming around the kitchen at 4pm, wondering what’s for supper. I love to toss together simple and fresh one-dish meals for the family, so I can get in and out of the kitchen fast. Using fresh fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market along with a good cut of meat or chicken is the easiest way to make everyone happy. I usually fall back on using a package of all natural chicken for a stress-free weeknight meal, it’s such a versatile protein and everyone likes it. Last night, we enjoyed an easy oven roasted chicken and sweet potato dish that I marinated with an orange and sage mixture. It was delicious!
Because we have backyard chickens of our own, I want to be sure that the chicken we buy at the store is from a company who cares about the well being of the animals they raise for our consumption.
NatureRaised Farms® brand of fresh chicken products come from chickens that are raised cage-free. Instead of small cages, the chickens are raised in large open barns where they can do the things chickens like to do — like perch, scratch, climb and be interactive with each other. Knowing the farms are certified by third party animal welfare organizations helps to put my mind at ease when I use these products in our family’s chicken recipes.
I do try to keep our meals as fresh and healthy for our family as I can. Knowing that 100% all natural NatureRaised Farms® brand fresh chicken is a high quality product that is minimally processed with no antibiotics or added hormones or steroids is just one more reason to put it on our table. We know we’re eating a home cooked meal prepared with simple ingredients and& natural delicious tasting chicken.
To compliment a package of chicken tenderloins, I mixed up a marinade featuring fresh sage from the garden, oranges and fresh ginger. I added the marinade to both the chicken and to a cubed sweet potato and potato mixture. We all love broccoli so I also roasted a sheet pan of large florets — we loved the way they tasted alongside the bright orange flavor of the marinade. Roasting the broccoli allowed the veggies to keep all their amazing flavor, instead of boiling it away in a pot of water.
To roast the broccoli, I just cut up two medium heads, then drizzled with 4 Tbs of olive oil, salt and pepper. I roasted them on a foil-lined sheet for the last 25 minutes of the chicken cooking time and turned them over once, so both sides would have color.
For dessert, we kept things super simple by adding a big scoop of rainbow sherbert to pre-made shortcake cups then topping with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh cherry. (Next time, I plan to pre-bake made-from-scratch cupcakes to use as the sherbert base, this was a last minute idea that was tasty but would be SO much better with fresh cupcakes!) They can stay in the freezer while the chicken and veggies roast, so your meal is complete without any last minute prep.
Even Chris liked this meal, he usually doesn’t go for sweet potatoes or orange flavors. Since his plate was clean at the end of dinner, I declare this easy chicken recipe a winner!
- 1½ lb chicken breast tenderloins
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 medium Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 large oranges
- 1 Tbs soy sauce
- 1 Tbs clover honey
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
- 1½ Tbs fresh sage, minced
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- extra sage leaves
- Juice 1 orange and half of the other one and mix together with soy sauce, honey, ginger, sage, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil.
- Place cubed potatoes in a gallon storage bag and pour half the marinade over the potatoes. Seal and shake to coat potatoes in marinade.
- Place chicken tenderloins in another gallon storage bag and pour remaining marinade over chicken. Seal and shake to coat.
- Place bags in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 9″x13″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Pour potatoes into bottom of prepared pan. Place chicken on top of potatoes.
- Slice remaining orange half and place on top of chicken and add a few extra sage leaves.
- Bake uncovered for 35 – 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender. (Halfway through cooking time, baste chicken once with marinade in the bottom of the pan.)
Where to find NatureRaised Farms® chicken products
You’ll find NatureRaised Farms® fresh and value added chicken in the fresh and frozen food sections of many popular grocery stores around the United States, including Publix, Super Target, Wal-Mart, Food City, HEB and Marsh.