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Best Honey Marinade Chicken Recipe

Using this best honey marinade, chicken will take on a wonderful flavor. In addition to the honey, the recipe calls for orange and lemon juices, paprika, and curry powder for a well-rounded taste. The tang from the citrus and the spice from the curry powder and paprika balance out the sweetness of the honey, giving the chicken a truly mouthwatering flavor.

Although these ingredients seem to clash they really do work together. Sometimes you can combine ingredients which seem like polar opposites and end up with a mixture that tastes great, just because it does have a complex flavor. Leave your chicken in the marinade for a while and the flavors will penetrate right into the meat, giving it such a great taste.

You can soak the chicken in the marinade overnight if you wish (or for at least a few hours) to really boost the flavor. This is the best honey marinade chicken recipe to use if you prefer the gentle sweetness of honey to using sugar. Serve this with rice, potatoes, or even plain pasta, for a hearty lunch or an appetizing dinner. You can use mild or hot curry powder, as you prefer, depending how hot or mild you want the finished dish.

How to Make the Best Honey Marinade for Chicken
Summary: Curry powder, paprika, honey and more are combined perfectly to flavor your chicken. This is one of the tastiest marinades for chicken you can make.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Marinade
Serves: 4
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  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 whole skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  1. Combine the orange juice, black pepper, paprika, lemon juice, oil, curry powder, honey and salt in a glass dish and add the chicken breasts, tossing well to coat.
  2. Cover the dish and let the chicken marinate overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Take the chicken out of the marinade and arrange it in a cooking spray-greased 13 x 9 inch dish.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.

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This marinade combines the sweetness of honey with the tang of citrus as well as the spiciness of curry powder, which means you will want to serve the chicken with something neutral-tasting. What about finely chopping some vegetables and serving the chicken on top of those, like in the picture? You could season the veggies simply with a little lemon juice to echo the flavor in the marinade, then add some mashed potato and perhaps a basic chicken gravy too. What a tasty meal that would make, and you can just imagine how impressed your family will be with all the flavors.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello, I'm Christine. Thanks for dropping by and welcome to Amazing Sauces. Food is a very important part of our family's lives, and I find a homemade sauce often finishes a dish perfectly. Whether you are making something with chicken, beef, pork, vegetables, an appetizer, or even a dessert recipe, a sauce is often the ideal finishing touch.

You will find many sauce recipes here, all conveniently in one place, from the classics like tomato sauce, béchamel sauce and cheese sauce, to gravies, marinades, and unusual ideas for sauces too like ginger-plum sauce or gorgonzola sauce.

Some sauces can be drizzled over the meal, while others are best served on the side. Some will work as a dip or sauce, while others are great for basting, marinating or adding a splash of color to a recipe. Try our creamy gravies with your breakfast, one of our international steak marinades for a sophisticated spin on dinner, or learn how to make a classic béarnaise or rich red wine sauce to complement your dish.

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