Maple and Bourbon Glazed Grilled Chicken With Peaches
Grilled chicken is made easy this summer with a glaze of bourbon, maple, peaches and crushed red peppers. Doubling as a marinade, this simple glaze combines internal smoky flavor with the sweetness of caramelized maple.
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- For the Glaze:
- 2 pounds peaches
- 1/8 cup water (more may be needed depending on the blender)
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup bourbon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Simply Organic® Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Simply Organic® Garlic Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic® Crushed Red Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea or Himalayan pink salt
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot flour or cornstarch
- For the Chicken and Peaches:
- 6 to 8 chicken thighs (with skin and bones)
- 3 peaches, halved or quartered
- In a blender or food processor, purée the 2 pounds of peaches with 1⁄8 cup water. (More water may be needed depending on the blender.) The final peach purée should be thick.
- In a medium saucepan, bring maple syrup, bourbon, peach purée and seasonings to a boil. Once glaze reaches a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and whisk in arrowroot or cornstarch.
- Place a lid on the saucepan and cook glaze until slightly thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. You’ll have enough to marinate and glaze 6 to 8 chicken thighs.
- Reserve 1⁄3 cup glaze for grilling. Pour remaining glaze in a large bag or shallow pan. Toss 6 to 8 chicken thighs in glaze and marinate for at least 1 hour (or up to 12 hours) in refrigerator. Do not marinate the peaches. (NOTE: Marinating the chicken is not required, but recommended for best flavor.)
- Preheat grill. Brush chicken and peaches with glaze (a few tablespoons), and place chicken (skin/meat side down) and peaches on the grill.
- Grill chicken for 10 minutes, then flip, glaze and continue to cook until done (about 10 more minutes depending on the size of thighs). Grill peaches for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
- Garnish with additional red pepper flakes, if desired.
- If glaze is not used as a marinade, reduce ingredient quantities accordingly or freeze remaining glaze for future grilling adventures. The glaze keeps well in the fridge for up to 7 days.
- If GMOs are a concern, at least two American bourbons are manufactured with non-GMO corn — Wild Turkey and Four Roses.