Recipe: Molasses-Sauced Chicken

Right away with my new meal plans, I tried a fun new recipe out of a book Mr. H brought back from a used bookstore up in Northern Virginia. I was nervous and excited and anxious and hopeful for a good new item to add to our list of fun things to eat. And this recipe for Molasses-Sauced Chicken did not disappoint.

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The book Mr. H brought back has some fantastic ideas in it, especially for chicken. We eat a lot of chicken here because chicken is usually so much cheaper than the other proteins. And let’s just say, I do get really bored of the same old chicken all the time. The book is called Cook Healthy Cook Quick.

One of the other great things about this book is the first section. It has meals grouped together. What to make for the main course plus the sides and sometimes a dessert. And at the end of the grouping, it also tells you what order to make everything in. How cool is that? Especially for novice/beginner cooks. Or it just takes the work out of trying to figure out what to make when on your own! Talk about a time saver!

Molasses-Sauced Chicken

The first dish I tried, the Molasses-Sauced Chicken, is part of this meal grouping section. I did not make the sides listed with it (Creamy Garlic Potatoes and Fancy Peas.) For our sides, I made regular mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts for our sides. C doesn’t usually eat garlic flavored foods, so I chose to make regular mashed potatoes. And no one in our house really likes peas, so I chose another favorite green of Mr. H and myself.

The Molasses-Sauced Chicken was an incredibly simple dish to make. Mix, pour, bake, eat. That simple! I chose to pound my chicken out thinner than the recipe calls for, so it didn’t take quite as long to cook. And I think I liked it more because I had thin chicken. At first, I wasn’t sure about the sauce. But the more I ate, the more I liked it.

Molasses-Sauced Chicken

Mr. H loved it and asked for it to be on the menu again. Sorry, guy, you have to wait a little bit for me to make it again. But it will come back as we both enjoyed it. C tried a bite but was not interested. (I did not expect him to like it but I am glad he tried it.) And as a plus, this is also a nice low-carb main dish with a little bit of a sweet kick to it.

So if you’re looking a simple way to spice up your chicken, try this recipe. If you tried it and liked it, you’ll probably enjoy several of the other recipes in this book too. Consider checking it out for yourself (it’s cheap on Amazon!)

Molasses-Sauced Chicken

Molasses-Sauced Chicken


  • 1/4 cup chopped Green Onion
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Burgundy or other Dry Red Wine ( I used chicken stock with a splash of apple cider vinegar )
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Molasses
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Red Pepper
  • 6 (6-oz) Skinless Chicken Breast Halves


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Mix first seven ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Place chicken in shallow baking dish.
  5. Pour mixture over chicken.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Baste chicken frequently.
  8. Serve hot with extra sauce.
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2 thoughts on “Recipe: Molasses-Sauced Chicken

  1. Oh yum! I love cooking with wines 🙂 It adds such incredible flavor. …and I really don’t ever drink alcohol – just cook with it.

    1. I don’t drink either, which is why I used a substitute. I know nothing about wine, so I opted for a substitute and it still tasted great. If you decide to try this out, let me know how it tastes with the wine!

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