March 10, 2015

What's for dinner? - Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken

This is one of our family's all time favorite recipes. I almost always have the ingredients on hand, making it a quick last minute meal. This is a perfect weeknight dinner because it takes hardly anytime to put together. 

The original recipe can be found here: Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken. I'll share our family's variations at the end. 

1/3 cup (75 mL) apricot jam
1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) chili powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (4-6 oz/125-175 g each)
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tbsp (15 mL) snipped fresh cilantro

Directions according to the Pampered Chef website:

Place jam in Small Batter Bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30-40 seconds or until melted; add lime juice and jalapeño pepper. Whisk until well blended; set glaze aside.

Combine chili powder and salt. Flatten chicken to an even thickness using flat side of Meat Tenderizer. Rub garlic over chicken; sprinkle evenly with chili powder mixture.

Lightly spray (12-in./30-cm) Skillet with vegetable oil; heat over medium-high heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. Add chicken to Skillet; cook 5-7 minutes; turn. Cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center, brushing evenly with glaze using Chef's Silicone Basting Brush. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Our family's variation: 

I make the glaze as directed. Sometimes I substitute the chili powder, salt and garlic for this Chili Lime Rub

Typically when we make this we grill the chicken. I coat it with either the chili powder/salt mixture or Chili Lime Rub and we toss it on the grill. I don't add the glaze until the chicken is on our plates and we are ready to eat. 

We typically serve this with some brown rice and green beans or grilled asparagus. 

What is your favorite go-to meal on a busy week night?

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