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I.O Organic Sicilian Blood Orange Juice, A Chicken Dish,and a Cocktail

I stuck up a Twitter correspondence with the owner of I.O Organics ,Organic Blood Orange Juice. He kindly sent me two bottles for review. I love Blood oranges and to see a product like this naturally intrigued me. Produced on his families farm in Mineo, Sicily, the juice provides 40% more than the FDA recommended amounts of vitamin C. That's more than the average orange. Potassium, fiber, iron,calcium, and Vitamin A round out the health benefits.

I was worried this would be a sugary drink. Absolutely not! The flavor was crisp and tart, while naturally sweet. One can drink this alone, or make a wonderful cocktail.
Of course my unoriginal self immediately used some of the juice for a healthy orange chicken.This chicken is not fried and cooks slow to produce a slow reduction of Blood Orange Juice , molasses, and brown sugar, Toss in some fresh Broccoli to roast and you have a healthy version of Orange Chicken.
Glamah's Not Your Food Court Orange Chicken
1 cup I.O ORGANICS Blood Orange Juice
4 chicken thighs ( bone in)
1 head of fresh broccoli
1.3 cup molasses
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
sea salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
pinch of Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp ground Ginger
In a heavy duty enameled cast iron pan toss all ingredients and add chicken. It will be liquidy. Slowly roast uncovered at 350 degrees F until liquid starts to reduce and thicken. It will take approx 45 depending on your oven. At the 30 minute stage you can add Fresh Broccoli to the pan to roast in the liquids and with the chicken. When the chicken looks about done, you can turn up the oven temp to 475 to help the juices/liquid caramelize and glaze the chicken. Remove from oven and enjoy. Serve with rice.
I also made a cocktail. Its sub zero here in Chicago and the Blood Orange Juice evoked feelings of sunshine for me.
Banana Blood Orangetini
2 parts I.O Blood Orange Juice
1 part vodka
1 part Banana Rum
Combine all ingredients in a martin shaker with ice and serve in a frosted glass.
You can find more information of I.O Organics Blood Orange Juice here.

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toontz said...

One of each, please!

Helene said...

That's nice. I would love to taste that product.

Megan said...

That chicken looks tasty! I love blood oranges and that cocktail looks like it would hit the spot! I hope your staying warm!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'll take everything! This orange juice looks really good and healthy!



giz said...

I've NEVER seen this before - I love it - I wonder if it's available anywhere in Canada.

Anonymous said...

Great ingredient! Blood orange juice! :)

Núria said...

Hola beauty! Sorry for being sooooo late... Hopefully I'm back in the routine track :D. Happy New Year to you and to Certain Someone♥

This sounds bloody good!!!! Can a joke be more stupid? Probably yes... only if it was mine ;D

Can I grab a cocktail and toast for the new year?

Nina Timm said...

I love grapefruit juice and this will make my tastebuds tinkle.....yum!

Nina Timm said...

Sorry I meant to say orange juice

Mary said...

I've never had a blood orange, but that chicken looks amazing! Do you know if it's sold in stores or do we have to order online?

Sorry I've been missing lately.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I'm a big fan of blood oranges.

That cocktail would hit the spot right now. :)

Jen said...

Mmmmm... orange chicken and broccoli. Do you think this would work with regular orange juice? Not that I wouldn't love to use blood orange juice but I don't think I'll be able to find it anywhere.

Peter M said...

We've all had this in food courts, we all love it but like anything, home cookin's best!

Ben said...

Oh nice! Can we get this in the States? I'd love to try it with your orange chicken recipe :-p

Laurie said...

The Sicilian Orange juice is wonderful and makes a lovely glaze! And your chicken looks great as well as your new header!! :) Congrats on your new column.. you are a VERY busy girl!

glamah16 said...

Please check the I.O Organics web site for detailed info by location in your regions. It really is a great product.
I suppose you could use regular orange juice, but the Blood Orange just makes it a little more special.

Emily said...

Ohhhh your martinis always kill me. That one looks awesome! I love blood orange. Haven't seen them yet this year.

Black and (a)Broad said...

My mother-in-law's bringing me a cast iron pan, so then I'll have all the materials to make this scrumtious-looking feast. I also love the title you gave it.

Dee said...

The blood oranges I found here were so disappointing. I'll just have to imagine how good this tastes :(

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love that Juice! It makes your chicken look especially good!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh, my goodness! That orange chicken is to die for. I'm definitely making that.

I love blood oranges, too.


The martini looks fab, also.

Jeanne said...

Holy guacamole, you're spoiling us!! I adore blood oranges and blood orange juice. Somehow, though, not much of it/them seems to make it across the English Channel - there's always far more available in Europe by way of blood orange juices and fruit, so I usually pig out when I'm there. Love the sound of that chicken. Definitely one to try!