sticky chicken with marmalade and lemon thyme – simply lip smacking

chicken wallowing in the sticky marmalade herby sauce

This recipe is irresistible and lip smackingly good. I had to tear myself away from the pan before I literally dived right into the sauce.  The fact that it is so incredibly easy, consists of 6 ingredients and takes about 20 minutes to make is a very big added bonus. I think thighs would be even more delicious, skin on and all.

you need:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (about)
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 4 Tbs or so of marmalade, maybe a bit more (the thinner cut the better)
  • a good splash, about half a glass of wine (the fact that I used the Woolworth’s limited release Cape Point Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, which got 5 stars in platters didn’t do this dish any harm)
  • a small handful of finely chopped lemon thyme (Thyme would be fine), or the freeze-dried thyme which I also love and find very convenient (whilst my herb garden is in its conceptual stage)

How easy is this (eyebrow raised with appropriate hand gesture)? How to make:

  • Season the chicken breast with salt and black pepper
  • heat the oil in a pan and fry the chicken for about 8 – 10 minutes until nice and golden brown (turn over once)

nicely browned and ready for the sauce

  • take the chicken pieces out and set aside, then deglaze the pan with about half a glass of white wine – a beautiful, energised splashy bubbly moment – and allow the juice to reduce by half
  • pour the stock into the pan, add the thyme and marmalade and heat
  • put the chicken back for a couple of minutes
  • when the chicken is done remove and place in a serving dish
  • turn the heat up high and cook the sauce until its bubbling, reduced by half and starts to take on a nice sticky composition
  • pour over the chicken and serve

For me, rice is the perfect accompaniment for this dish, so I whipped up a bit of basmati. I suppose mash or other starches would work.

sticky marmalade and thyme chicken

16 Responses to sticky chicken with marmalade and lemon thyme – simply lip smacking

  1. Bron April 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    this dish looks delicious, i like i like….will def give it a try 🙂

  2. drizzle & dip April 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    hey Bron, this sauce is really so delicious and next time I’m going to make with thighs (my favourite part of the bird)

  3. Candyce October 26, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Yum!
    I just came across your blog via tastespotting and LOVE these home recipes that I also grew up on in SA!
    Great find, and will definitely use your recipes!

  4. drizzleanddip October 28, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    Awesome Candyce, glad you like and let me know how they go. Sam

  5. Lisa September 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Thanks so much for re-posting this! Not sure how I missed it the first time around. Always looking for new ways to jazz up skinless/boneless chicken breasts. Thighs would be good too (they are my favourite!). Can’t wait to try this.

  6. Tawny July 25, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    I made this last night and I loved it! It went really well with roasted potatoes. A new go-to recipe for me!

  7. Sam July 25, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Excellent Tawny! I have used this recipe as inspiration for a chicken and sausage tray bake in my new cookbook. Its so easy and requires the least amount of effort.

  8. Bronwen April 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Yummy, going to make this tonight!

  9. Monica December 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    When you say marmalade, do you mean orange marmalade?

  10. Monica December 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    When you say marmalade do you mean orange?

  11. Sam December 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Hi Monica, yes I do. Its kind of the default isn’t it?

  12. Monica December 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Not in Europe there is everything marmalade!!!

  13. Monica December 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    I shoul have said Spain! In the UK IT IS the default

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