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12 Easy Glaze Recipes for Roasted Chicken

rotisserie chicken w honey lime glaze
One of the easiest meals possible is to get a plain store-roasted chicken, then add your own simple sauces or glazes. Of course, you can start with a chicken you’ve roasted yourself, too.

Why not just buy a pre-glazed one? Making your own glaze ensures that there’s no corn syrup – high-fructose or otherwise – in the glaze, or other unwanted ingredients, be they soy, gluten, white sugar, high sodium, or MSG.

Most of these have a high level of sugar, usually in the form of honey or maple syrup. So to keep them from burning, you’ll want to add the glaze right before serving or give it just a few minutes in the oven. If you’re on a sugar-restricted diet, you can cut back the sugar part of the equation.

One suggestion: since a lot of these are sticky, you may want to cut the chicken up into serving pieces before glazing. But that’s optional.

Here are a few simple recipes that you can whip up quickly and easily — or make the night before and have ready to go right when you get home! Many of them have just three ingredients.

Honey sriracha lime glaze — Shown in the photo above, this is one I’ve made again and again. You can use on any chicken pieces. Experiment to find the right level of heat/sriracha for you. I use a quarter of the sriracha called for, and an extra dollop of honey.

Chutney-glazed chicken — Chutney, lime juice, and curry powder.

Maple black pepper glaze — Maple syrup, butter, and black pepper. Pretty simple!

Honey-spiced glaze — Honey, olive oil, cinnamon, and paprika. Rated 5 stars.

photo by Taste of Home

A fruit-and-wine glaze from Taste of Home — White wine or chicken broth, apricot preserves or quince jelly, and a bit of mustard. Rated 4 stars.

Orange-rosemary glazed chicken — Orange marmalade, rosemary, and your choice of vinegar.

Honey-lemon-soy glaze — The ingredients are — surprise! — honey, lemon juice, and soy.

photo by Eating Well

Pomegranate glaze — Uses pomegranate molasses (with instructions to make your own, if you wish), honey and black pepper.

Barbeque, honey and soy — Another easy, 4-star recipe, from Taste of Home.

Red-hot honey glaze — A buffalo chicken style sauce from Bobby Flay. Includes a recipe for a blue cheese dipping sauce.

Korean barbecue sauce — This is one you might want to make ahead; it has several ingredients, and benefits from some time simmering. I’ve made this; if you cook it low and slow long enough, you can skip the corn syrup and water part. But don’t cook it too high; it burns easily. (Voice of experience!)

Honey-mustard glaze — You could skip the curry if you don’t like curry or don’t have any.

Sloppy Jo’tatoes!

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What do you get when you make some sweet-and-smoky Sloppy Joe filling, and pile it on top of a loaded baked potato? A Sloppy Jo’tato!

One of our favorite things to eat in Kansas City is the “Barbecue Baked Potato,” a loaded baked potato topped with pulled pork at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, and that was part of the inspiration for this dish.

This would make a great family-friendly dinner, or a creative addition to a baked potato bar for a party or cook-out.

Sloppy Jo’tatoes Recipe

2 servings

1 or 2 russet potatoes
1 batch of Emergency BBQ Sauce (or a sugar-free sauce for Paleo/Whole30)
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 lb. ground beef
optional toppings: butter, shredded cheese, sour cream, chives or green onions

1. Bake your potato(es) however you usually do. (I used one large potato split between my husband and me. You could use one whole potato per person, if you like.) My method is to prick, butter, and salt the outside, then bake directly on the middle oven rack at 450 F for about 45 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, mix up a batch of my Emergency BBQ Sauce. Let it mellow over low heat while you complete the rest of the dish. (Or use about 1 cup of your favorite bottled sauce. But watch out for corn syrup and other nasty chemicals!)

3. Ten or so minutes before the potatoes are due to be done, saute the onion till translucent, then brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Drain off the excess fat, then add the BBQ sauce into the meat mixture — just until it gets as saucy as you like it. Stir it together, and taste to adjust seasoning if necessary. Keep that mixture over low heat till your potatoes are ready.

4. Check your potatoes to make sure they’re done. If not, a bit of time in the microwave might help finish them off. When done, split them open, mash slightly with a fork, and top as you like with butter, shredded cheddar or cheddar-jack cheese, and the Sloppy Joe mix. Then continue to top — as you wish — with sour cream, and chopped chives or green onions.

Not too happy with the photo I got,
but the taste more than made up for it!

Mmm-mmm-mm!

Here is nutritional info (via myfitnesspal.com) for one serving, based on using one large potato for two people, and only using about 2/3 of the BBQ sauce. Oh, and I also cut the sugar in the sauce from 1/4 c. of brown sugar to 2 T. of maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21 g 33 %
Saturated Fat 12 g 59 %
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 135 mg 45 %
Sodium 377 mg 16 %
Potassium 977 mg 28 %
Total Carbohydrate 28 g 9 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 9 %
Sugars 11 g
Protein 36 g 73 %
Vitamin A 8 %
Vitamin C 30 %
Calcium 7 %
Iron 25 %

Emergency, quick, easy BBQ sauce

Emergency BBQ sauce recipe
Everybody’s got a bottle of BBQ sauce in their fridge, right?

Except, of course, if you’ve already been to the store, and the meat is in the oven, and you don’t want to go back out again. True story.

But a little desperation is often the beginning of a great new recipe.

A little googling turned up a recipe which claims to be “A Very Popular BBQ Sauce.” It looked quick and simple, so I used this as the starting point for my DIY BBQ sauce. I needed to scale it down, cut back on the sugar, and replace the hot sauce. I was very happy with the result! I think you will be, too.

(Note: Unless you’re using homemade ketchup, there will still be sugar and/or corn syrup in the ketchup. Here’s a sugar-free ketchup recipe.)
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Emergency easy BBQ sauce

1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. brown sugar (or 1/4 c. maple syrup, and omit water)
3 T. water
3 T. red wine vinegar
1-1/2 t. smoked paprika
1/2 t. Worcestershire sauce (or more if you like it, or optional if you don’t have it)
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 t. adobo sauce, or more if you like it spicy (optional; adds heat and smokiness)
1/8 t. salt

If you’ll be applying the sauce to meat that’s going back on grill or oven, you can just mix it up and add it in/on.

If serving as a condiment, it will benefit from a brief heating….

Put everything in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir till well combined and cook for one or two minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.

Remove from heat and let cool.

photo credit: The mofoJT via photopin cc