Chicken Ya Ya

Course : Cajun
Serves: 4
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2 pounds chicken skinned a -- up to 3
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon reduced calorie margarine
1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
6 ounces orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

Preparation / Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Arrange the chicken halves in an eight inch baking dish sprayed with vegetable cooking spray. Combine the salt, red pepper, chili powder and paprika; mix well and sprinkle over the chicken; set aside. In a medium skillet over high heat, melt the margarine. Add the onions, bell pepper and celery; sauté, stirring constantly for five minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients. Cook, constantly stirring, for five more minutes, or until the sauce thickens, then remove from the heat and pour over the chicken. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken over and baste with the sauce. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes longer, or until the chicken is tender, basting often. Note: Rather than use margarine to sauté the vegetables, I have used Pam, spraying both the vegetables and the pan. Works just as well. Also, for a little spicier dish, try using Chinese red pepper instead of the ground red and use a Tbsp of hot sauce. I also usually leave out the ginger.

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