delicious caramelized baked chicken recipe

Caramelized Baked Chicken

A delightful dish featuring tender chicken pieces coated in a sweet and savory caramelized sauce. Perfect for family dinners or special occasions.

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven:
    Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Sauce:
    In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, olive oil, minced garlic, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using) until well combined.
  3. Coat the Chicken:
    Place the chicken breasts in a large bowl or zip-top bag. Pour half of the prepared sauce over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight in the refrigerator for best results.
  4. Arrange in Baking Dish:
    Place the marinated chicken breasts in a single layer in a baking dish. Pour the remaining sauce over the top.
  5. Bake:
    Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and has an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Baste the chicken with the sauce from the dish halfway through the cooking time.
  6. Caramelize:
    For an extra caramelized finish, turn on the broiler for the last 3-5 minutes of cooking. Keep a close eye on the chicken to avoid burning.
  7. Garnish and Serve:
    Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this caramelized baked chicken with steamed rice, roasted vegetables, or a fresh garden salad. Enjoy!

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