How to Glaze Chicken

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A glaze gives chicken a glossy, flavorful coating to complement the meat’s flavor and dress up its appearance. Most chicken glazes are thick and sweet with a citrus undertone, negating the need for a dipping sauce or dressing. Glazing chicken requires a little more effort than baking it normally, but will produce a significantly tastier dish.

Things You'll Need

  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Skillet
  • Saucepan
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Orange or pineapple juice
  • Dry white wine
  • Honey
  • Black pepper
  • Whisk
  • Baking dish
  • Cooking spray
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Melt equal parts butter and olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Place the chicken into the pan, browning both sides of the breast. Set the chicken aside.

  • Combine 2 parts of orange or pineapple juice, 1 part dry white wine and one half part of honey in a saucepan. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Whisk the mixture for five minutes until the glaze thickens slightly.

  • Submerge each chicken breast in the glaze before placing into a greased baking dish. Drizzle leftover glaze evenly over the top of the chicken breasts.

  • Bake the chicken in the oven for 25 minutes. Switch the oven temperature to broil and cook the chicken an additional 5 minutes. Once finished, allow the chicken to cool for five minutes before serving.

Tips & Warnings

  • Broiling the chicken breasts adds a shiny appearance and crispy texture to the glaze.
  • You can glaze a whole chicken by brushing the glaze directly onto the bird. Forgo the browning process and adjust the cooking time according to its size.

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References

  • "The Best Chicken Recipes"; The Editors of Cook's Illustrated; 2008
  • Taste of Home: Orange-Glazed Chicken
  • "365 Easy Chicken Recipes: Quick, Easy Way to Cook Chicken"; Cookbook Resources; 2006
  • Photo Credit rez-art/iStock/Getty Images
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