Celebrating Mexican Cuisine - Chicken Oaxaca

Celebrating Mexican Cuisine - Chicken Oaxaca

In the province of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, chicken and other meats are often cooked with fruit and the spices that complement fruit. This area of Mexico has a little of everything, including mountains, very fertile valleys, and a mild climate. An abundance of produce and its famous chocolate make this area home to one of the most interesting cuisines of Mexico. Below is a tasty home-style chicken dish that I like. It’s easy and relatively quick to fix. Using orange rind rather than orange juice gives you that flavor punch but with much less acid. Green onions are safer than bulb onions, and chives are safer still. If you use chives, you might want to use onion salt in place of the regular salt. I serve it with rice or corn tortillas.

Orange Chicken Oaxaca (Serves 4)


3 Tbsp. corn oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped green onion (see note)
2 cloves garlic, sliced
pieces of chicken (breasts or thighs) for four people
1 cup water
1 tsp. freshly grated orange rind
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste


In a large skillet, saute the green onion and sliced garlic in 2 Tbsp. of the corn oil until they begin to turn golden.Remove and set aside.

Wash chicken pieces and pat dry.

Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet and brown the chicken pieces.

Add the water and remaining ingredients to the skillet, stirring to mix.

Cover and cook over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 35 minutes.

And, of course, if you struggle with discomfort caused by high acid in various foods and beverages, Prelief may help!

About The Author

Bev Laumann, author of A Taste of the Good Life: A Cookbook for an IC Diet and contributor to the IC Diet Project

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