CITRUS AND FENNEL CHICKEN BAKE
½ cup (125 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 Meyer lemon, zest and juice
1 orange, zest and juice
1 tbsp (15 ml) fennel seeds
4 tsp (20 ml) Dijon mustard
1 tbsp (15 ml) liquid honey
2 tsp (10 ml) fresh thyme leaves
2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed and fronds reserved
8 skin-on, bone-in, chicken thighs
2 cups (500 ml) sugar snap peas
- In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon and orange zest and juice, salt, fennel seeds, mustard, honey and thyme leaves. Remove 2 tbsp (30 ml) marinade and set aside.
- Cut fennel bulbs into quarters and then cut each lengthwise, into 3 wedges. Place in large bowl with marinade. Add chicken and toss together until well mixed. Tip into a large baking dish, oven-safe frying pan or rimmed baking tray. Arrange chicken so that it sits on top of fennel and allow dish to marinate while oven preheats.
- Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Toss reserved marinade with snap peas and set aside.
- Roast fennel and chicken for 35 minutes before scattering snap peas over top, then continue to roast until chicken is cooked through, about another 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with reserved fennel fronds and serve while warm.