Elevate your chicken game with the tantalizing fusion of flavors in Roasted Peach Chicken—a delectable dish where succulent chicken breasts meet a heavenly peach and onion glaze, topped with fresh peach slices, and roasted to perfection. This delightful combination promises a new realm of culinary pleasure that’s bound to become your preferred way to savor chicken!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Peach Preserves: The foundation of the marinade, peach preserves, imparts a concentrated peach essence, infusing natural sweetness and a fruity undertone to the dish. Should peach preserves be unavailable, peach jam or jelly can serve as worthy substitutes.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Introducing a tangy and slightly acidic note, apple cider vinegar complements the sweetness, contributing to the overall flavor profile of the marinade.
- Mustard: Dijon mustard brings a sharp and tangy kick to the marinade. In the absence of Dijon, yellow mustard can be a suitable alternative, offering a different but compatible flavor profile.
- Red Pepper Flakes: For a subtle heat and spiciness, red pepper flakes make a minimal yet impactful addition to the marinade. Omit them if desired.
- Chicken: Opt for chicken breasts or thighs, adjusting the cooking time accordingly for the latter.
- Peaches: The vibrant taste of fresh peaches is key to this recipe.
Can I Use Canned Or Frozen Peaches?
Certainly! While fresh peaches are preferred, canned or frozen peaches can be excellent substitutes. Drain canned peaches before use, and for frozen ones, thaw and drain excess liquid. Adjust the cooking time to soften frozen peaches, though note that the visual appeal and glaze thickness may differ from using fresh ones.
Do I Have To Sear The Chicken?
Although not mandatory, searing the chicken before roasting creates a caramelized crust, enhancing the flavor and locking in moisture. While the dish remains fantastic without searing, the golden brown hue achieved adds to its visual allure.
Can I Use A Different Pan?
Certainly! If an oven-safe skillet isn’t available, use a baking dish. Ensure the chicken is seared before transferring to the baking dish, and monitor cooking time adjustments.
Can I Make Roasted Peach Chicken Ahead Of Time?
Absolutely! Marinate the chicken for up to 24 hours, making it an ideal dish to prep the night before for hassle-free cooking the next day.
How To Store Roasted Peach Chicken
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where they will remain fresh for 3-4 days. Keep the peach glaze separate.
- 1 cup (320 g) peach preserves
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 ½ pounds (680 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2-3 medium peaches, pitted, thinly sliced
- In a medium bowl, combine peach preserves, olive oil, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reserve half and refrigerate. This yields about 1 1/2 cups.
- Pat chicken breasts dry and pound each to about ½-inch thickness.
- In a resealable plastic bag, place chicken and sliced red onions. Pour in the marinade, seal, and mix to coat.
- Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Once hot, add the marinated chicken from the bag. Sear for a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Pour the reserved peach marinade over the chicken in the skillet. Arrange 4-5 sliced peaches on top of each chicken breast and nestle the remaining peaches around the chicken.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).