Boneless Chicken Breast with Orange-Chipotle Sauce

 

 

 

4

boneless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)

3

cups orange juice

1

teaspoon salt

2

medium shallots, minced

1

tablespoon butter

1

cup white wine

2

cups chicken stock, plus more as needed (homemade) is best, but prepared

 

Low salt broth may be substituted

2

tablespoons olive oil

3

tablespoons chopped fresh chives

2

chipotle chilies en adobo, seeds removed and finely chopped

 

To brine the chicken, put the breast halves in a sealable plastic bag with 1 cup of the orange juice and the salt. Seal carefully, turn the bag to mix the brine thoroughly, and place the bag in a non-reactive bowl or baking pan. Chill for at least 2 hours or up to 6.

To make the sauce, sauté the shallots in the butter until they are softened but not browned. Add the wine and reduce to about ½ cup. Add the remaining 2 cups of orange juice, chipotle peppers, and the chicken stock and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce until it is reduced to about 1 cup and coats the back of a spoon. It will develop a shine at this point. The sauce may be made ahead to this point (cool, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 hours) and reheated just before serving.

Drain the chicken breasts and pat dry. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a sauté pan large enough to hold the chicken without crowding. When pan is hot, add the chicken breasts and sear on both sides until they are nicely browned, then reduce the heat and cook, covered, until cooked through. The total cooking time will be 12 to 15 minutes.

To serve, reheat the sauce over medium heat (add a splash of stock if it seems too thick). Slice the chicken breasts into ¾ inch thick slices. Each breast will yield about 5 slices. Stir 2 tablespoons of the chives and the chipotle into the sauce. Place the chicken slices artfully on a serving plate and top with the sauce. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives. Serves 4.