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Pan Seared Honey-Bourbon Glazed Chicken

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Use a cast iron for a beautiful sear and an extra dose of iron!

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Ingredients:

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

Directions: 

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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.

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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.

This is a really bad example of what you should not do, and that is over crowd your skillet as it causes a couple of things. Causes the high heat you just created to instantly drop to low, takes longer to cook and create a beautiful sear.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Serve with additional glaze for topping.

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Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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  1. Looks fantastic must try

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  2. The bourbon would really add flavor and sweetness, too. Yummy!

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  3. The bourbon would really add flavor and sweetness, too. Yummy!

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