Cajun Honey Glazed Chicken Bowls


This Cajun honey glazed chicken bowl is packed with bright, fresh ingredients!  The chicken is actually cooked IN the marinade, allowing for maximum flavor.


Cooking the chicken in it’s own marinade is what makes the glaze on this chicken absolutely insane!  Throw in some fresh veggies and a flavorful rice and you have one powerhouse glazed chicken bowl!

Cajun Honey Glazed Chicken Bowls | This Cajun honey glazed chicken bowl is packed with bright, fresh ingredients! The chicken is actually cooked IN the marinade, allowing for maximum flavor. | http://thechunkychef.com

I’ve gone and done it now you guys… the most flavorful chicken, ever!  As a busy Mom of two, I LOVE easy meals.  Most nights, I’m lucky if I can summon up the energy to cook dinner, let alone a long, involved one.  That’s where I love meals like this one!  The chicken is marinated all day, so you do need to plan ahead a little, but once it’s time to cook the chicken, it’s easy peasy.

Cajun Honey Glazed Chicken Bowls | This Cajun honey glazed chicken bowl is packed with bright, fresh ingredients! The chicken is actually cooked IN the marinade, allowing for maximum flavor. | http://thechunkychef.com

One thing that’s unique about this recipe is that you’ll basically be braising the chicken, in the marinade!  Just pour the whole contents of the bag right into a large skillet and let the chicken and marinade simmer away.  This method is what really makes the “glaze” on this dish amazing… the liquid cooks down and what’s left to coat the chicken is a sticky, finger-lickin’ good glaze.

Cajun Honey Glazed Chicken Bowls | This Cajun honey glazed chicken bowl is packed with bright, fresh ingredients! The chicken is actually cooked IN the marinade, allowing for maximum flavor. | http://thechunkychef.com

You can use any veggies that you’d like for this recipe… I chose some red bell pepper, sliced jalapenos and a few orange slices.  And of course I garnished with some extra freshness from sliced green onions and parsley.  There’s some heat to this meal, but you can customize that to your tastes by using less Cajun seasoning, and/or omitting the sliced jalapenos 🙂

I really like to use this recipe as a great excuse to use up some leftover rice, like perhaps maybe some arroz verde?  But it’s also amazing over some fluffy quinoa, or even with no grains for a low-carb option.

Cajun Honey Glazed Chicken Bowls | This Cajun honey glazed chicken bowl is packed with bright, fresh ingredients! The chicken is actually cooked IN the marinade, allowing for maximum flavor. | http://thechunkychef.com

I hope you all give this one a try this season… it’s perfect for the warmer months ahead!

I also shared this recipe over at The Weary Chef… you should check out her site!!


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Cajun Honey Glazed Chicken Bowls
4 servings
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This Cajun honey glazed chicken bowl is packed with bright, fresh ingredients! The chicken is actually cooked IN the marinade, allowing for maximum flavor.
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts sliced into strips (chicken tenders can be used instead)
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and sliced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and sliced
  • slices Orange cut in half
  • Lime wedges for garnish
  • 2 green onions sliced, for garnish
  • Fresh parsley minced, for garnish
  • Cajun Honey Mustard Marinade
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup orange juice fresh is best if possible
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp coarse Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 3/4 Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Trim chicken breasts of fat, and slice into strips to resemble chicken tenders.
  2. Add marinade ingredients to a zip-top plastic bag and whisk to combine. Add chicken to bag, and seal, pressing out any excess air.
  3. Smoosh the bag around a bit to make sure all the chicken pieces are coated in the marinade.
  4. Place bag on a plate and refrigerate up to 8 hours.
  5. Pour entire contents of the bag into a large skillet and heat over MED-HIGH heat until the mixture comes to a bubble. Reduce heat to MED-LOW and simmer, uncovered, for about 25-30 minutes, until most of the liquid cooks off, leaving a loose glaze.
  6. The last 5 minutes or so, add in the sliced bell pepper, jalapeno and orange slices and let them cook in the glaze.
  7. Remove chicken, veggies and oranges to a plate.
  8. Serve over rice, quinoa, or as is for a low carb option.
  9. If desired, garnish with sliced green onions, minced parsley, and a lime wedge.
Recipe Notes

1. Marinade adapted from Carlsbad Cravings
2. All cooktops are different, so times may vary.

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Cajun Honey Glazed Chicken Bowls | This Cajun honey glazed chicken bowl is packed with bright, fresh ingredients! The chicken is actually cooked IN the marinade, allowing for maximum flavor. | http://thechunkychef.com

Cajun Honey Glazed Chicken Bowls | This Cajun honey glazed chicken bowl is packed with bright, fresh ingredients! The chicken is actually cooked IN the marinade, allowing for maximum flavor. | http://thechunkychef.com

 

 

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10 comments on “Cajun Honey Glazed Chicken Bowls”

  1. I made this tonight. It was really good, but looked nothing like your pictures. Mine continued to have a honey mustard color to it. Don’t know what I did wrong or different.

    • Hi Jennifer 🙂 First of all, I’m really glad you enjoyed the chicken bowls! Secondly, I’m sorry it didn’t look the way mine did. The chicken doesn’t get the dark glaze until the last few minutes of cooking… it’ll look a light color and then quickly glaze over. So it could be that it wasn’t cooked quite long enough for the glaze to happen. Or it could also be that cameras shoot things differently than our eyes can see, plus different lighting based on what time of day and where you live.

  2. Hope you don’t mind,but I have been printing and pinning like ALL of your [email protected] Cravings is my total favorite and such a sweetie!2 kids and this is just a simple meal?Girl,you are fantastical.Very talented,keep them coming,we appreciate you ever so much!?

  3. This looks so delicious! And your photos make me hungry! YUM!

  4. These look beyond good! That cajun mustard marinade is making me drool!

  5. WHOA! This looks so amazing! Look at that glaze on that chicken!!

  6. Whoa, that looks SO good!! I want to dive in head first and lick up every last morsel!

  7. Wow, this glaze does look amazing – you can just SEE the flavor! Saved to try soon, because I know my family would love it.

  8. Oh my goodness this looks like heaven!

  9. This may be one of the most delicious looking chicken meals I’ve seen in a long time. The colors just POP, and my mouth is watering over all those flavors!!