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.
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.