Molasses Glazed Chicken with North Carolina Sweet Potato Salsa

  • Yield 4 servings

A great end of summer recipe featuring chicken breasts, glazed in molasses and dressed up with a savory salsa.

Teresa Blackburn


1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup apple cider or bourbon
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 medium boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Nonstick cooking spray
2 large onions, peeled and cut crosswise into thin slices
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1/2 cup water
1 medium crisp apple, cored and diced
2 large green onions, plus additional for optional garnish
1/4 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted
Finely grated rind and juice of 1 medium lime
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon molasses


  1. Blend together molasses, apple cider or bourbon, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper in a ziptop plastic bag. Add chicken, seal bag, and turn to coat chicken well. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.  Spray a large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place sliced onions in pan. Place chicken breasts in a single layer over onions and drizzle marinade mixture over chicken and onions. Cook uncovered 30 to 40 minutes, until a fork can be inserted in chicken with ease.
  4. While chicken is cooking, make salsa. Place diced sweet potato in a large microwave-safe bowl; add water, cover loosely, and cook in microwave on HIGH 5 minutes.  Drain immediately into a colander, then rinse thoroughly with cold water to cool. Drain well, patting dry with paper towels. Place in a mixing bowl with apple, green onions, pecans, lime juice and zest, pepper flakes and molasses, tossing gently.
  5. Remove baking dish from oven; place chicken breasts on a cutting board and tent loosely with foil. Let stand 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, spoon onion mixture from baking pan into a saucepan and place over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until onion is softened and mixture is reduced and thickened, about 10 minutes.
  6. Cut chicken breasts crosswise into thin slices; serve with onion sauce and salsa.  Garnish with additional green onions, if desired.

Note:  The sweet potato cooking step may be done on the stovetop, if preferred – cook just a bit longer.



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