How to Glaze Chicken

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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

Lemon juice can be whisked with orange marmalade to create a flavorful glaze.
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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.


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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

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.


Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.


Step 5

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.


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.