Recipe by Julesong
Here's a change of pace for your marinated chicken breasts! Sweet and aromatic, the sauce on this chicken is tasty for dinners all year long. Prep time includes marination. Adapted from a recipe in from "Simply Classic," by the Seattle Junior League.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1⁄4 cup onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup very strong coffee (double strength, at least)
- 3⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper (or tricolor pepper)
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat a sauté pan over medium flame, add oil, and sauté onion until transparent, about 8 minutes.
- Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute, then add the coffee, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper (I like using tricolor rather than plain black pepper) and allow it to come to a boil.
- Reduce the temperature to low and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes; remove from heat, pour into a glass bowl, cover loosely with paper or cloth towel, and set in the refrigerator to let cool.
- Place the chicken breasts in a Ziplog bag (or plastic container, in a single layer) and add the cooled marinade. Secure closed and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight, turning/moving the breasts in the container at least once.
- Drain marinade from the chicken; set aside and reserve marinade.
- Using an indoor grill or over medium-hot coals, grill the chicken, covered, for about 20 minutes, turning once, until the juices run clear when pierced (breasts can also be broiled if grilling is unavailable, a Foreman Grill also works well).
- While the chicken is cooking, pour the reserved marinade into a small saucepan and, over medium heat, bring it to a boil.
- Reduce the temperature to medium-low and simmer the marinade for 10 minutes to make the sauce, until thickened. Do NOT serve the marinade without cooking it first! It must be cooked to be safe.
- When marinade has been cooked as the sauce, pour it over the completed chicken before serving.
- Serve with rice, wild rice, or orzo pasta, along with vegetables and a salad.
- Note: If you want to reduce the carbs for diabetic or lower carb eating, substitute heat-stable brown sugar substitute for the regular brown sugar.