Chicken in Maple Barbecue Sauce – Recipe

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Have you had the opportunity to taste and use flavored balsamic vinegars? I have to say that I had no idea that there were such condiments and when I learned about them I was very intrigued. So many possibilities for salad dressings of course but also for marinades and more! As I revise this post I bring back the flavors of maple in a wonderful barbecue sauce for chicken breast. I think this would be equally delicious on pork, shrimp, and sea bass. It’s a very easy chicken dinner for two but brings a lot of flavor to the table.

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chicken in maple barbecue sauce, easy chicken dinner for two

Chicken in Maple Barbecue Sauce – Easy Chicken Dinner for Two

Serves 2

  • 1 chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Maple Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 TBS soy sauce
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups prepared Jasmine Rice

Preheat the oven to 350°

  • Mix the ketchup, Maple Balsamic, maple syrup, soy sauce, Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder and several grindings of pepper in a medium bowl.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Place the diced chicken and half of the barbecue sauce in a baking dish. Stir to coat.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
  • While the chicken is cooking take the other half of the barbecue sauce and heat it over medium in a small saucepan until it is reduced by a third and thick and syrupy.
  • To serve, place about a cup of rice on the bottom of a bowl or plate.
  • Top with the chicken. Drizzle some of the thickened barbecue sauce on top and sprinkle with the chopped cashews.

How Was the Easy Chicken Dinner for Two?

This was plate licking good. We both really enjoyed it. The chicken had a rich and tangy maple flavor. The nuts added a nice crunch and a salty balance. I served it with a simple cucumber salad and it was a very satisfying meal. I love using balsamic vinegars in meals like Thyme and Garlic Roasted Chicken with a Peppered Balsamic Reduction. You just get a big punch of flavor with their addition.

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Flavored Balsamic Vinegars

Flavored balsamics can make wonderful salad dressings and marinades. It’s fun to try different flavors in both red and white balsamic. The white balsamics are lighter in a way and in my opinion they make wonderful salad dressings. I am particularly fond of apricot white balsamic – it has a lovely, light apricot flavor that is delightful. 

A little bit of a good quality aged balsamic vinegar is delicious drizzled on fresh strawberries.

You can find Maple Balsamic and more at Patricia and Paul

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