Cherry Glazed Chicken


1 can (450g) pitted dark sweet cherries
1 tablespoon olive oil
113g chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
57g honey
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons hot mustard
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
50g dried tart cherries
6 (6 180g each) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Salt and pepper to taste
6 rosemary sprigs for garnish


Heat oven to 190°c. Line a 23cm x 13″33cm baking pan with foil and spray foil with non-stick spray; set aside.

To make the glaze: Drain the pitted dark sweet cherries; reserve 60ml of cherry juice. In a blender, puree the drained cherries until smooth.

In a skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic until soft; add the cherry puree, reserved 60ml cherry juice, honey, vinegar, mustard, ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir until smooth. Add dried cherries; simmer 5 minutes.

Arrange chicken breasts in foil-lined baking pan; season with salt and pepper to taste. Brush chicken lightly with cherry glaze; reserve remaining glaze. Cover the pan with foil and bake chicken 20 minutes; brush with additional glaze and bake uncovered 10 to 15 minutes longer or until chicken is done.

To serve, pour 2 tablespoons warm reserved glaze over each chicken breast and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

6 servings

Cherry Glazed Chicken