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OooWeee, Glazed Chicken Breast


Marmalade glazed chicken

Marmalade Glazed Chicken

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and though I was saving myself for tomorrow’s feast, I was hungry today.  Yep, today is Wednesday and I have spent the day buzzing around Christmas decorations wondering if decorating is worth it this year.  Living alone, I sometimes wonder if all that hullabaloo is worth it.  Since I haven’t decorated in a couple of years while my Mom was sick and consequently passed away, I find that maybe it’s time to shake off the doldrums and actually get in the spirit.

While eating wasn’t on my mind much of the day, I found that by 2:00 pm my tummy was speaking in low growls and prodding me to fill the void.  I had thawed half a chicken breast last night and was wondering how in the world I would make this preparation different from my daily intake of chicken.  Opening the refrigerator I spied a small jar of orange marmalade on the shelf with only a few tablespoons left in the bottom and it was sitting next to the French’s mustard bottle.  Humm, I wonder if that would create a good sweet and sour sauce for my chicken?  Well, I browned my chicken really well in a small non-stick skillet.  Into the marmalade jar I squirted a few squirts of yellow mustard and a few healthy shakes of ground red pepper.  When the chicken was almost cooked through, I coated it with my concoction.   When it started to get really brown, I added about three tablespoons of water and placed the lid on the pan and reduced the heat to medium.

It cooked for about fifteen minutes more and I then removed the lid.  I continued to cook it until the sauce became a thick and an almost transparent, beautiful deep orange glaze.  I continually basted the chicken breast until it was too thick to bother.   Boy was I surprised! The result was absolutely the most delicious lunch I’ve prepared for myself in a long, long time.  I enjoyed it so much that I felt compelled to share this with you all.  I feel sure that many, many people have already tried this but humor me please, I want to gloat on “my” creation for a while.

If you need a depart from the traditional Thanksgiving food that may last until the middle of December, please give this a try.  Since I’m not  recipe writer, I’ll leave it up to your taste buds to prepare it to your taste and in the quantity you need.  Mine was half a breast, about a quarter cup of marmalade, a few squirts of mustard and a healthy shake of ground red pepper.  Yum, Yum Yum!  It never fails, when I improvise with ingredients I have on hand, the results are almost always amazing.



Author: Waste Not Want Not

I'm on a mission to connect with others interested in self-sufficiency, re-purposing items, gardening, cooking and making things from scratch. Having reached my "golden years" I'm concerned that many people today don't have skills that have been forgotten over the years. It is my desire to bring together stories, ideas, projects, recipes and remedies so everyone interested will have the opportunity to learn and pass these ideas and projects on to the next generations.

2 thoughts on “OooWeee, Glazed Chicken Breast

  1. Your glazed chicken breast sounds so good! I love it when recipes are simple and delicious.