Flash-Grilled Chicken Breasts with Orange-Maple Syrup Sauce

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Flash-Grilled Chicken Breasts with Orange-Maple Syrup Sauce
Flash-Grilled Chicken Breasts with Orange-Maple Syrup Sauce
Joyce Ouderk Pool

Flash-Grilled Chicken Breasts with Orange-Maple Syrup Sauce

There's nothing quite like the sizzle and aroma of fresh, marinated chicken breasts hitting the grill, and this recipe is sure to please. A simple marinade of orange juice, orange zest, and maple syrup infuses the chicken with citrusy flavor and helps keep them moist during their quick trip to the sizzling grill.

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4
Servings
346
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 Cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, halved lengthwise to make 8 pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Orange slices, for garnish

Directions

To make the sauce, combine the orange juice, orange zest, and maple syrup in a bowl. Stir until well blended and reserve for later.

Brush each breast with the olive oil, followed by the thyme leaves, and salt and pepper, to taste. Put the chicken into a gallon-sized Ziploc freezer bags, press the air out, and seal it. Place on a cutting board and roll a rolling pin over the chicken to flatten to about a ½-inch thickness.

Fill a charcoal chimney with briquettes, set the chimney on the bottom grill grate, and light. When the coals are ready, dump them into the bottom of the grill and spread evenly. For a gas grill, preheat on medium-high heat.

Grill the chicken for 2 minutes; turn over and grill for 2 more minutes. Before turning again, brush the top side with three-fourths of the orange-maple syrup sauce, flip, and then brush the other side and grill for 2 more minutes.

To test for doneness, cut into the thickest part or test with a meat thermometer (160 degrees for done, as the temperature will rise 5 degrees after the chicken is removed from the grill). If the chicken is pink or underdone, brush with more finishing sauce and grill for 1 more minute on each side. When done, remove the chicken from the grill to a cutting board. Cut lengthwise into ½-inch strips and serve immediately with the rest of the sauce. Garnish with orange slices.

Grilled Chicken Shopping Tip

When buying chicken, make sure to ask for it to be placed in a separate plastic bag, to minimize the risk of cross-contamination.

Grilled Chicken Cooking Tip

Allow meat to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing into it; otherwise, the juices will leak out.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
33g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Cholesterol
64mg
21%
Protein
21g
41%
Carbs
39g
13%
Vitamin A
22µg
2%
Vitamin B12
0.2µg
3%
Vitamin B6
0.8mg
38.7%
Vitamin C
55mg
92%
Vitamin D
0.9IU
0.2%
Vitamin E
2mg
11%
Vitamin K
7µg
9%
Calcium
95mg
9%
Fiber
3g
11%
Folate (food)
38µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
38µg
10%
Iron
0.9mg
5.1%
Magnesium
47mg
12%
Monounsaturated
8g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
9mg
44%
Phosphorus
203mg
29%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
573mg
16%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.7mg
41.4%
Sodium
552mg
23%
Sugars, added
24g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
13%
Zinc
1mg
9%

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