SMOTHERED TANGERINE CHICKEN

I bought too many tangerines for making applesauce.  I can’t possibly eat them all so needed to come up with a recipe or two to help use them.

One of my favorite “toys” from a product review a few years ago is the Deni MT149 Meat Tenderizer with 49 stainless steel blades. I had had a fantastic melt-in-your-mouth chicken recipe at my cousin’s house and she attributed it to her meat tenderizer so I had to get one an this one is PERFECT. Every piece of meat I have used this on whether it is beef, chicken or pork turns out fork tender and juicy.  I HIGHLY recommend this meat tenderizer to anyone who cooks!

SMOTHERED TANGERINE CHICKEN
4 thin chicken steaks
1 medium Vidalia sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 lemon, room temperature
3 tangerines, room temperature
1/2 pound bacon
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

  • Juice together the lemon and tangerines.
  • Use the meat tenderizer gently on each chicken piece.
  • Place chicken pieces in shallow baking dish.
  • Sprinkle chicken pieces generously with salt and pepper.
  • Pour juice over chicken pieces, turning to coat.  Set Aside for 30-45 minutes.

  • In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Add onion slices to the bacon grease, sauteing until translucent.
  • Move onions to the edges.
  • Drain chicken pieces.  
  • Add chicken pieces to the bacon grease, sprinkle with the brown sugar, cover and saute’ for 4-5 minutes per side until golden.
  • Plate chicken and immediately top with cheese.
  • Add crumbled bacon to the onions and mix well.
  • Top chicken with onion bacon mix and ENJOY!

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