Maple and Bourbon Glazed Grilled Chicken With Peaches

Maple and Bourbon Glazed Grilled Chicken With Peaches

Total Time: 01h 40m
Hands-on Time: 01h 15m
Makes: 4 servings

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


To Make the Glaze:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
To Cook the Chicken and Peaches:
  1. 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.)
  2. Preheat grill. Brush chicken and peaches with glaze (a few tablespoons), and place chicken (skin/meat side down) and peaches on the grill.
  3. 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.
  4. Garnish with additional red pepper flakes, if desired.
  1. 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.
  2. If GMOs are a concern, at least two American bourbons are manufactured with non-GMO corn — Wild Turkey and Four Roses.