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Southwestern Roasted Chicken
with orange avocado salsa / wild rice

Active: 25 minTotal: 35 min
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Using the stovetop to sear chicken thighs and finishing them in the oven yields tender meat and crispy skin. Serve the chicken over leftover rice from Monday with a fresh orange avocado salsa on top.



Southwestern Roasted Chicken:
  • Coriander, dried - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Shallots - 1 clove, chopped
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
  • Chicken thighs, boneless (with or without skin) - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Cooked wild rice (leftover from Monday) - ~2 cups
Orange Avocado Salsa:
  • Oranges - 2, segments, roughly chopped
  • Avocados - 2, chopped
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, leaves torn
  • Limes - 1/2, juice of

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Spice mix - Combine coriander, salt, paprika, cumin, chili powder and black pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Shallots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Chicken - Coat on all sides with spice mix.
  4. Oranges / Avocados / Cilantro - Prep as directed.


  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
  2. Heat a skillet with oil over medium-high heat. To heated oil add the chicken skin side down. Cook until the skin is golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. (Note: If your pan cannot fit all of the thighs comfortably, brown the thighs in batches. Chicken will not brown properly if the pan is crowded.)
  3. Set chicken thighs aside and return pan to heat. Add shallots and saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Add pepitas and rice (leftover from Monday) and stir to combine. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Nestle chicken thighs, skin-side up (if using skin-on chicken) in the rice mixture so that none of the thighs are overlapping.
  4. Transfer skillet in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until chicken is firm and juices run clear when pricked. (Keep an eye on the chicken towards the end of cooking. If skin starts to get too dark before the chicken is cooked through, place a piece of foil over the pan to prevent burning.)
  5. While chicken roasts, make salsa by combining orange, avocados, cilantro and lime juice. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. When chicken is cooked through, remove skillet from the oven and let chicken rest for at least 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy chicken over rice with orange-avocado salsa on top.

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This meal has 67 reviews

I made the salsa a salad by adding mixed greens and I doubled the spice mix. Great!

By: Nienke
Posted: Nov 26, 2017
Diet: Original

Will definitely make again. Especially the side avocado salsa. That would be great with anything/ like simple grilled chicken. A great side to bring to a potluck.

By: Jessica
Posted: Apr 08, 2016
Diet: Original

This was really delicious. I never would have thought to make a salsa with avocados and oranges, but it was really good.

By: Melanie
Posted: Apr 01, 2016
Diet: Original

Avocado salsa was really good

By: Tina
Posted: Mar 30, 2016
Diet: Original

I didn't have any pepitas. Added a little water to the rice mixture and covered the skillet with foil for the oven to keep the rice from getting too crispy. Used blood oranges. Everything was delicious and came together quickly. It was even toddler approved

By: Emily Hoops
Posted: Mar 29, 2016
Diet: Original

Chicken thighs were tender and moist.

By: Kristin
Posted: Mar 22, 2016
Diet: Original