These delicious marinaded maple bourbon chicken breasts are loaded with flavor and are perfectly juicy. Ready to serve in 30 minutes, this brown sugar baked chicken is perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
Place chicken breasts in a large ziplock bag, set aside. In a medium bowl, melt butter in the microwave, then add in all other ingredients. Whisk together to combine. Reserve 1/4 cup for additional glazing after cooking, and then pour in remaining glaze into the ziplock bag, covering chicken, and seal the bag.
Place the bag in the refrigerator and let chicken marinate for 1-2 hours.
Remove chicken from bag and place chicken in a casserole dish or pie plate. I leave a small amount of the marinade in the dish to bake with the chicken and discard the rest along with the bag.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Turn the chicken over halfway through cooking so the top half bakes in the marinade. When done, turn back over, and broil on high for an additional 2-3 minutes. This isn’t necessary as the chicken should be thoroughly cooked, but broiling it adds the extra crispness with the marinade and goldens the chicken. Remove from the oven and serve.
Using the reserved marinade, you can also add on another layer of glaze before serving. Broil for 2-3 minutes if you'd like the sauce to be sticky.
I set aside glaze so I have some that hasn’t come in contact with the raw chicken. Although the glaze in the pan with the chicken is safe since it has been cooked.
Chicken shouldn’t be poked or forked to marinade as it could dry out the chicken.
The chicken can be grilled or cooked stovetop as well. Place a skillet (or grill) over medium heat and cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.