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Marinated Chicken Breast in Orange Juice with Pistachios


Quickly marinating chicken in orange juice imparts tenderness and sweetness to the basic breast. 

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In just this one recipe, you can combine all the health benefits of a wide variety of foods. Chicken breast is a very lean meat, rich in protein, that helps you get the best fitness and sports results. Oranges are loaded with vitamin C, a potent antioxidant which helps control inflammatory diseases. It’s also packed with pectin, which has been linked to cholesterol and diabetes control. Sicilian blood oranges contain antioxidant red compounds—anthocyanins—which are present in many fruits, but which are uncommon in citrus fruit, making these oranges very special! Pistachios are a good source of main nutrients. In just one recipe, you can combine all the health benefits of a wide variety of foods.

Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn and Paola Palestini
Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • 10 oz (280 g) chicken breast, sliced
  • 2 medium blood or Navel oranges + 1 orange, finely sliced, for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons toasted granola pistachios + some whole pistachios for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. On a nonstick pan, toast granola pistachios over medium heat. Stir often, making sure not to let it burn. Cool and set aside.
  2. Squeeze orange and place chicken in a glass container. Pour orange juice over chicken, cover with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan to medium. Pour in chicken with orange juice and cook until juice glazes. While cooking, add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Decorate a serving plate with orange slices, arrange chicken as desired, and add granola pistachios on top (with some whole pistachios, too). Serve warm with steamed basmati rice (1 serving is equal to about ¼ cup or 45 g) and sautéed vegetables on the side.

Excerpted from The Mama Mia! Diet (Hatherleigh Press, 2018)

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