A Healthy Quick Dinner Recipe For Busy Families--orange Chicken

It seems that our days are getting busier, and it's often hard to get a healthy quick dinner recipe on the table at a reasonable time. Family dinners are an important part of the day and worth planning ahead to make sure there is a healthy quick dinner recipe available. Finding healthy quick, easy recipe ideas can be a challenge, but with a little planning ahead cooking dinner can be a snap.

Plan a weeks worth of menus in advance and shop using a list. This will save you money on impulse items, and you will have a healthy quick menu planned for every night of the week. When planning, be sure to take into account any regular weekly activities such as little league or dance lessons. Sometimes a crock pot meal or a cook ahead entrée is best for these nights.

Here is a healthy quick dinner recipe that is simple to prepare, then cooks quickly in only 15 minutes in the oven while you prepare a box of rice pilaf and green vegetable. This healthy quick dinner recipe will help solve tonight's dinner crisis and provide you with a winning entrée fit for a company meal. As a bonus, it can be halved or expanded to fit the number of servings needed and uses only one bowl and one baking dish, so cleanup is easy.

If you're a dark meat fan, you could also use chicken thighs and legs for this recipe, but you would need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Healthy Quick and Easy Orange Chicken

4 chicken breast halves, skinned and boned
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
pinch black pepper
1 cup orange juice
grated rind of 1 orange

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2.Arrange the chicken breasts in a 13x9x2" baking dish
3.Drizzle the chicken with the melted butter and sprinkle with paprika.
4.Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken.
5.Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, until fork tender, basting occasionally with the pan juices.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with a wild rice pilaf and green beans or a salad.

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