Honey and bourbon flavor the glaze for this savory dish that is easy, quick, using minimal ingredients. In the cuisine world, when we mix ingredients with alcohol we create fusion of flavors. This recipe mixes up bourbon, honey, orange juice and garlic to create a mouth-watering party on your palate.
I like to keep a variety of alcohol on hand for cooking, a fifth (750 ml) is a good size bottle to have and it will last a long time, so you don’t have to stop and run to the local liquor warehouse.
If you want to start incorporating alcohol in cooking its best to have at least six different types from dark rum to bourbon, for various cooking and baking techniques. Which in the future i plan to post “the basics of using alcohol in cooking”. But let’s get back to making chicken sing by adding honey and bourbon.
Now for the bonus; this dish is super easy to make in about 30 minutes, making this a go-to dish during the work week. Next add a quick, easy and healthy side dish of fresh veggies, steamed rice, quinoa, or couscous. Go an extra step and use boneless, skinless chicken and you not only cut the fat, but leave all kinds of room for flavor.
Use a cast iron for a beautiful sear and an extra dose of iron!
4 -6 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup bourbon
1/4 cups brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp mustard powder
Salt & pepper to taste
Combine the bourbon, sugar, mustard, garlic, honey, and orange juice in a small saucepan and whisk thoroughly Heat over high heat and allow it to come to a boil.
Reduce and simmer over low heat for 8-10 minutes, or until the sauce reduces by half. Once the sauce has reduced set it aside, while you prepare the chicken. The sauce will thicken to a nice glaze while you cook the chicken.
Season chicken breasts on both sides with remaining ingredients; salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes each side to create a nice golden color.
Then reduce to medium cover with a lid and cook for an additional 10 min each side or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Once chicken reaches correct temperature pour the glaze over the chicken and cook for a few minutes turning chicken so all sides are covered with the glaze. You can reserve a 1/4 to 1/2 of the glaze to pour over the chicken or side dish if desired.
Serve with additional glaze for topping.
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