Sweet & Spicy Molasses Mustard Chicken a 30-Minute Meal

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

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Molasses Mustard Glazed Chicken is an easy, flavourful weeknight meal.

Molasses Mustard Chicken is an easy, flavourful weeknight meal. The chicken is baked with a tasty rub and the glaze is brushed on near the end of cooking. 

No more boring chicken.

For my kids to really enjoy chicken it needs to be very flavourful. I tend to agree. Seasoned chicken with a sticky glaze is so much better than simply cooking it with a little salt and pepper.

  • Molasses Mustard Chicken is a 30-minute weeknight meal.
    Molasses Mustard Chicken is an easy, flavourful weeknight meal. The chicken is baked with a tasty rub and the glaze is brushed on near the end of cooking.

This recipe is especially good for boneless, skinless cuts of chicken.

The spic rub and molasses mustard glaze help to keep the chicken from drying out and they more than compensate for the flavour that you lose when you’re cooking chicken without the bone and skin.

There’s a good chance you’ll have leftover rub and glaze, which is great. Both store well.

Serving suggestion:

  • Serve this chicken alongside steamed green beans and boiled new potatoes or use it as a salad topper for a supper-sized salad.
  • You can also cook this chicken on the barbecue.
  • Planning ahead? Rub the spice on the chicken in the morning and let it sit, covered, in the fridge all day.
  • Make a double batch of the rub and use it on roasted cauliflower, broccoli, fish, pork and more.

Molasses Mustard Chicken Recipe

Adapted from Carl’s Bad Cravings

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Rub:

  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika (optional but yummy)
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2-1 tsp. chipotle chili powder (can substitute regular chili powder)

Molasses Dijon Glaze

Instructions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and drizzle over the Tbsp. of olive oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Rub Ingredients. Sprinkle over the chicken and rub in a bit.  Place chicken on prepared baking sheet.
  3. Move oven rack to top position and broil chicken for 6 minutes on each side (12 minutes total). (Chicken could be baked instead – 375 F)
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the Molasses Dijon Sauce ingredients.
  5. Remove chicken from oven and brush top sides with sauce; broil 1-2 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Brush individual servings with additional sauce and serve.

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Easy Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken Recipe

Servings: 6 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

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This chicken recipe is even more delicious if you have time to let it marinate. And the marinade keeps well in the fridge so you could mix up a double batch.  

Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is an easy chicken dish with pizazz. It’s perfect for your weekend barbecue but is quick enough for a weeknight. The recipe uses boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which I find are more moist and flavourful than chicken breasts, and cheaper too.

Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is an easy chicken dish with pizazz.

It’s still summer and I’m on vacation but school supplies lists keep appearing on the table in front of me. According to the list, my daughter needs 50 pencils and 800 sheets of loose leaf (among other things). Next week she’ll march off to school looking like she’s headed on a week-long back country hike, her knapsack bulging with all those school supplies and boxes of Kleenex and indoor sneakers. My son will leave for school with a pen, a wad of paper and hopefully his lunch.

As much as I hate to see summer vacation coming to an end I do love the first day of school, watching my kids head out the door. It’s as though, right before my eyes they grow from first graders to the middle school and high school students they are today, the reverse of Tom Hanks becoming a boy again at the end of the movie “Big”.

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    Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is an easy chicken dish with pizazz.

But school hasn’t started yet and the holiday weekend awaits so I’m sharing a recipe that you can enjoy at your Labour Day barbecue.

 

Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken recipe is an easy chicken dish with pizazz. It’s perfect for your weekend barbecue but is quick enough for a weeknight. The recipe uses boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which I find are more moist and flavourful than chicken breasts, and cheaper too.

I serve it with roasted corn and summer squash (zucchini). Just toss 1 1/2 cups of frozen corn with two chopped summer squash, one sliced red onion, a clove of garlic, minced, 1 Tbsp. of olive oil, salt & pepper and whatever herbs you have on hand. Roast at 375 F until the zucchini is tender. Stir from time to time so it cooks evenly. Instead of roasting the vegetable mixture you could saute the mixture in a large frying pan.   Marinated Tomato Salad with Garlicky Paprika Vinaigrette would be another great addition to the meal. Serve Molasses Crinkle Cookie S’Mores for dessert.

Mexican Molasses Lime Grilled Chicken Recipe

Slightly adapted from the blog Le Cafe Sucre Farine

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

For the marinade:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. dry oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a sauce pan and stir well. Pour 3 Tbsp. into a zip-lock bag or baking dish and add chicken. Toss the chicken until it’s well coated. Marinate for 30 minutes (if you have time) or up to 12 hours.
  2. Bring remaining marinade to a simmer over medium heat and cook until reduced by half.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat (either stovetop or barbecue) until cooked through, basting often with the remaining marinade.
  4. Tent chicken with foil and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumsticks

Servings: 8-10 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 90 minutes

Cooking time: 75 minutes

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An easy chicken recipe that’s a favourite with my kids. It can be made ahead of time and reheated. 

sweet and sour chicken drumsticks

No more boring chicken

When I tell my kids we’re having chicken for supper they groan, except when I tell them we’re having Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumsticks.

In their minds it’s the next best thing to having wings for supper. And there is a little something about this recipe that reminds me of wings, especially if you bake the drumsticks longer and they get a little sticky.
sweet and sour chicken drumsticks

This recipe is extra easy to put together.

The flavourful sauce – made with orange juice, molasses and chili sauce – comes together in two minutes and then you put everything in the oven. All you need to do is baste the chicken a few times as it cooks

The sliced lemon adds a little zing to the sauce and the lemons caramelize nicely so can be eaten along with the chicken.

This method of cooking is ideal for chicken drumsticks since braising them in the flavourful sauce makes the meat extra tender. The recipe works well with chicken thighs too.

If you have made our Oven Baked Spareribs recipe you’ll see that I have used the same delicious sauce recipe.

Quick tips:

  • This recipe can be baked ahead of time (like the night before), refrigerated (sauce and all) and then reheated.
  • You can finish this recipe on the barbecue for a bit of smoky flavour (5-10 minutes on the grill).
  • Make a double batch of the sauce so you have it on hand for next time.
  • Look for thin-skinned lemons and slice them as thinly as possible.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. chicken drumsticks
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce (choose gluten-free if necessary)
  • 2 Tbsp. dry mustard (powder)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Remove skin from chicken and place in a covered roasting pan or Dutch oven. (Make sure the pan is large enough to accommodate the chicken in a single layer.)
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dress with lemon slices and sprinkle over the onions.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk the chili sauce, mustard powder, brown sugar, molasses, orange juice and lemon juice.
  5. Pour half of the mixture over the chicken, cover and bake for 30 minutes, basting once with another spoonful of the sauce.
  6. Remove lid and continue to bake for another 30-45 minutes, or until meat is tender. Baste them a few times with remaining sauce and pan sauces. (Bake them longer if you want them a little sticky).

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Sweet and Salty Molasses Soy Marinated Drumsticks

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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molasses soy drumsticks

This is your solution to busy weeknight meals

Do you ever find yourself on a Wednesday evening wondering what to make for supper? Here’s your answer.

This four-ingredient marinade is a flavourful way to eat relatively quick-cooking chicken drumsticks. Simply mix it up in the baking dish, add the drumsticks, toss to coat and pop them in the oven.

While the chicken is cooking you can mix up your salad and may be cook a little rice or quinoa. Roast some chopped zucchini and peppers alongside if you’d like, and in about 30 minutes your meal is ready without a whole lot of effort on your part.

My kids go crazy for drumsticks and loved this recipe. They love food that you can eat with your hands and the seasoning in this recipe is just right. Feel free to adjust the amount of soy sauce, depending on how salty you like your food. You’ll find that the balsamic vinegar strikes a good flavour balance with the soy and molasses and provides some acidity to help the marinade penetrate the meat a bit.

This chicken is good served cold as well.

Sweet & Salty Molasses Soy Marinated Drumstick Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1-2 Tbsp. soy sauce or tamari (GF)
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 1-2 Tbsp. chopped chives or scallions

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. In a baking dish large enough to fit the chicken in a single layer combine the four marinade ingredients. Add the chicken and toss to coat, using your hands to rub the marinade into the chicken.
  3. Bake for about 30 minutes or until caramelized and cooked through. Flip chicken pieces at the 15-minute mark. (Cooking time will depend on the size of your drumsticks.)
  4. Garnish with chives before serving.

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Friday Night Spicy Molasses Wings are easy to make

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 35 minutes

Total time: 65 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Spicy Molasses Wings are extra easy to make.

Spicy molasses wings recipe

I have been teaching my kids to cook. Not complicated stuff, but lots of the basics: cookies, pizza (including the homemade dough), brownies, muffins, cakes. They’re constantly asking for wings so this recipe for spicy molasses wings is their new task.

It’s easy — the marinade has barely a handful of ingredients and the wings cook without much fuss.
spicy molasses wings are tasty & so easy to make
I remember learning to cook alongside my mom, licking the bowl and the beaters mostly.

My first cake, after I moved on from the Easy-Bake Oven, was a Jello cake. Then I moved onto cheese-and-bacon-things, Kraft pizzas and zucchini casserole.

I made wings for the first time last winter and that’s what got my kids hooked on them.

This recipe is simple enough for my kids to make on their own.

Spicy Molasses Wings Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger or ½ tsp. dried ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • ¼-1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (use cayenne for more heat)
  • 2 lbs. chicken wings or drumsticks
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped chives

 Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl combine marinade ingredients (first 5 ingredients). Add the chicken and let marinate in the fridge, covered, for 30 minutes to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F. Spread wings in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet (one with a rim).
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and flip.
  4. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes.
  5. To finish, broil for 5 minutes and flip. Broil another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, transfer to a plate and sprinkle with chopped chives.

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You might enjoy our Asian Wings recipe or our Molasses Wings with Rum

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Awesome Asian Wings – the recipe my kids go crazy for

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Asian Wings are fall-off-the-bone moist and pleasantly sticky

This is how the vacuuming gets done at our house…

My kids are wild about this recipe for Asian Wings. They practically beg for it and don’t seem to understand that wings are a treat, not a Tuesday night supper. (Although you could make them tonight.)

Nothing I have ever cooked has made my kids more excited. Nothing. So I figure I might as well use this to my advantage.

  • Vacuuming needs to be done before you can eat the wings.
  • The bathroom needs to be cleaned before you can eat the wings.
  • Have you made your beds?

Asian Wings are fall-off-the-bone moist and pleasantly sticky

This is a near effortless recipe that offers easy substitutions for ingredients that you might not have on hand.

No Hoisin sauce? Add an extra tablespoon of molasses instead. No rice vinegar? Any vinegar will do, especially cider vinegar. Dried ginger can be used in place of fresh. Ditto for garlic.

Gluten-free version:

Omit the hoisin (replace with molasses) and substitute tamari for soy sauce if you want to make these Asian Wings gluten free.

Asian Wings are fall-off-the-bone moist and pleasantly sticky

These have become a Friday night favourite in our house, an easy appetizer while I putter away making supper in that not-rushed-Friday sort of way.

Asian Wings are fall-off-the-bone moist and pleasantly sticky. You’ll want to lick your fingers while you eat them. Guaranteed.

 

Awesome Asian wing Recipe

Adapted from Budget Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken wings
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 Tbsp. chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. hoisin sauce (can substitute molasses)
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated or minced

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except wings.
  2. Toss wings with mixture. Spread in a single layer on a parchment lined cookie sheet. (Or a well-oiled cookie sheet).
  3. Bake at 450 F for 25 minutes, flipping half way through.
  4. Turn oven to broil and broil 3-5 minutes, flip then broil again

Try our finger lickin’ oven “BBQ” chicken with molasses slather:
oven barbecued chicken with molasses slather
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