Chicken with Orange & Pepitoria Sauce
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Chicken with Orange & Pepitoria Sauce

The taste of oranges with powdered pepitoria… the sweet orange with the earthy flavor of pepitoria is a very rustic, local street food in Guatemala. It is also something all guatemalans have grown up with.  At home from time to time, we all eat oranges with pepitoria.

Orange with Pepitoria

I wanted to capture the taste in a sauce to serve with browned chicken. I used the whole pepitoria, which are basically pumpkin seeds, and I used my mini chopper to process them into chunky little bits.  There is also a variation of powdered pepitoria, which should also work great with this recipe.  I’ll have to try this again using the powdered pepitoria.  This is a very easy and fresh dish.  I made some sweet potato puree to go with it, and the combination was perfect.


Picture of the Orange with Pepitoria by José Wolf, found on Flickr

Chicken with Orange-Pepitoria Sauce

Chicken with Orange-Pepitoria Sauce
A The Foodies’ Kitchen Original Recipe
Serves: 2

2 chicken fillets
½ cup orange juice (for the marinade, from fresh oranges)
2 pieces of white onion, sliced
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon cumin
2 springs of rosemary
¼ cup pepitoria, ground
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup orange juice (extra for the sauce)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 orange, cut into chunks.
Whole pepitoria, to sprinkle on top


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, mix the orange juice, the onion, garlic, rosemary springs, cumin. Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 min in this mixture.
  3. In a hot pan, let the ground pepitoria brown for a about 4 minutes. Add the chicken breast (without the marinade) and let it brown, 4 minutes per side medium-high temperature. Remove chicken breasts from pan. Add the butter, let it melt. Then add the marinade, and an extra ¼ cup orange juice, the, sugar, orange chunks and adjust salt and pepper. Return chicken to the pan.
  4. Cover and let cook for another 10 min.

Serving suggestions. With a green salad, or with sweet potato puree.

Chicken with Orange-Pepitoria Sauce

Chicken with Orange-Pepitoria Sauce

Chicken with Orange-Pepitoria Sauce

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    maria bedoya
    Monday June 10th, 2013 at 06:30 PM

    Muy buenas sus recetas, pero si me gustaría recibirlas en español, gracias por atender mi pedido

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      Tuesday June 11th, 2013 at 08:18 AM

      Gracias por tu comentario Maria! Estamos en el proceso de traducción de todas nuestras recetas. Esta la traducimos hoy, y si ves alguna otra que quieras traducida, avísanos y con gusto la pasamos a español :)

      ~ Kitty

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