How to Make a Citrus Glaze for Chicken?
I went for a two-step process in making this Citrus Glaze for the chicken thighs. First I marinated the chicken in orange, lemon, and lime juice along with garlic and olive oil. Then after that – I pan seared the chicken thigh pieces and added Ale-8-One (you say it like “A Late One”) Ginger Citrus Soda and Worcestershire Sauce until the liquid is thick and saucy.
Ale-8-One is made in Winchester Kentucky (home to Brittany from Vanderpump Rules!!) and has been family owned since 1902. It’s also a delicate combination of Ginger and Citrus – which made it a perfect pairing for this Citrus Glazed Chicken!
Now if we’re talking the Kentucky Derby – we have to also think about some Kentucky Bourbon! Ale-8 is a perfect pair for Bourbon with the Jubil-8 cocktail. My friend Josh has a great recipe for it – Bourbon, Ale-8-One, Mint and Simple Syrup – yum! I took a little shortcut with my version and just used a bottled simple syrup – still yummy!
What can I serve with Citrus Glazed Chicken?
I loved chicken thighs for these because they’re so much juicier and more flavorful than chicken breasts – but you could easily use chicken breast if you prefer – or even a combination of the two!
This will be a great appetizer for your Kentucky Derby party – or even for dinner (serve it with veggies over rice!).
Citrus Glazed Chicken Bites
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 2 inch dice
- 1 orange – juiced
- 1 lemon – juiced
- 2 limes – juiced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 5-6 mint leaves
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 bottle Ale-8-One ginger citrus soda
- 3 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
How to cook Citrus Glazed Chicken Bites
- In a large gallon-size ziploc bag, add juice from orange, lemon and lime, garlic, olive oil and mint.
- Shake marinade in bag and mix thoroughly.
- Add diced chicken thighs to the marinade and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (preferably 4 hours)
- Over medium-high heat, melt butter
- Remove chicken from marinade and add to hot skillet (Discard marinade)
- Brown chicken thigh bites on all sides (3-5 minutes)
- Add Ale-8-One and Worcestershire sauce to pan
- Cook down for 10 min or so until it’s a thicker glaze
- Remove from heat and plate chicken bites
- Pour remaining pan sauce over chicken bites