When it comes to throwing a party, I always try to come up with new and exciting recipes to impress my guests. This is why I’m excited to share my latest creation with you all: Chicken with Guava Butter Glaze. Trust me, this recipe will make your taste buds dance with delight.
Inspired by the tropical flavors of South Florida and the Caribbean, this recipe marries the sweetness of guava with the tanginess of sherry wine and white wine. The combination of tender boneless skinless chicken breasts and flavorful chicken wings coated in a delectable guava butter glaze is simply irresistible.
Whether you’re grilling, baking or frying your chicken, this recipe will deliver mouthwatering results every time. It’s perfect for any occasion, from backyard barbecues to elegant dinner parties.
So let’s get ready to spice things up in the kitchen by bringing a taste of paradise to your table. Follow me as I guide you through each step in creating the best Guava glazed chicken recipe you’ve ever tasted.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you tired of the same old chicken recipes? Look no further than this delicious and unique Chicken With Guava Butter Glaze recipe. This dish combines the savory taste of chicken with the sweet flavors of guava butter glaze, and it’s sure to be a hit at your next gathering.
Not only is this recipe flavorful, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients like boneless skinless chicken breasts, guava paste, and soy sauce, you can have a meal that looks and tastes like it was made by a professional chef. Plus, the guava sauce can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for busy weeknights or when entertaining guests.
One of the best aspects of this dish is how versatile it is. You can make variations of this recipe by swapping in chicken wings instead of breasts or adding in jerk seasoning for a kick of heat. The possibilities are endless, and you’re sure to love experimenting with all the delicious combinations.
If you’re looking for a unique yet crowd-pleasing dish that will leave your taste buds satisfied, then try out this Chicken With Guava Butter Glaze recipe. You won’t be disappointed!
Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this sweet and savory Guava Butter Glaze chicken recipe:
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
- Chicken wings (optional)
- Guava paste (2 cups)
- Garlic and ginger (1-2 tablespoons each)
- Guava jelly (1/4 cup)
- Shallots (1/2 cup)
- White wine or sherry wine (1/2 cup)
- Fresh thyme (4 tsp)
- Fresh rosemary (2 tsp)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Soy sauce (1/4 cup)
- BBQ sauce (1/2 cup)
Note: If you can’t find guava paste or jelly at your local grocery store, check out some tropical or Caribbean markets in your area. You can also order them online.
Optional add-ins for a spicier kick: Jerk seasoning, hot sauce, chili flakes.
The Recipe How-To
Start by rinsing boneless skinless chicken breasts under cold running water and patting them dry with a paper towel. Place them on a cutting board, seasoning both sides of the meat with salt and pepper. Cut the chicken into cubes or slices depending on your preference.
Making the Guava Butter Glaze
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter until it becomes frothy. Add one finely chopped shallot, garlic and ginger and let them cook until they are translucent. Next, add guava paste, guava jelly, guava juice mixed with either white wine or sherry wine, and 1/2 cup grated guava fruit. Stir gently and cook for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens.
Adding Spices to The Glaze
At this stage, you’ll add spices such as fresh sprigs of thyme and a small amount of jerk seasoning if desired. Stir in ½ teaspoon of salt, 2 tsp of soy sauce and another tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice.
Final Steps Before Cooking
Preheat your grill or oven to 350°F. Place the pieces of seasoned chicken on an elevated rack on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a butcher paper.
Brush each chicken piece generously with the prepared guava sauce, making sure to coat every inch of surface area. If you’re using wings, use 4 tsp for each wing piece instead.
Baking or Grilling The Chicken
Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes until fully cooked through. Alternatively, you can grill them over medium-high heat for about 6-7 minutes per side until browned, cooked through and lipsmackingly juicy.
Remove from heat when done, cover it with a foil tent and allow it to rest for around five minutes before serving.
This delectable Guava Butter Glaze Recipe is perfect for impressing guests at dinner parties or even as simple weeknight fare! Ummm!
Substitutions and Variations
Are you feeling creative and looking for ways to mix up this recipe? Here are some substitutions and variations you might want to try:
– Swap out the chicken breasts for chicken thighs or wings. These cuts of meat are great for grilling and also absorb the flavors of the glaze really well.
– If you don’t have guava jelly, you can use guava paste instead. Simply melt it down with a bit of water over medium heat and add the other ingredients according to the recipe.
– If you don’t have sherry wine on hand, substitute it with white wine or even apple cider vinegar. They’ll add a similar level of acidity while still providing depth of flavor.
– For a jerk-style version, just add 2 teaspoons of jerk seasoning along with the rest of the ingredients before simmering on medium heat.
– Looking for something more tropical? Try the Hawaiian-style guava chicken variation by swapping out thyme for fresh rosemary, soy sauce for teriyaki sauce, and adding pineapple chunks to your bake.
– Do you want to make bite-sized appetizers? Cut boneless chicken into strips and use them to make kebabs with guava sauce (or just use store-bought barbecue sauce) for pinchos de pollo (grilled chicken skewers).
– If you don’t have access to guava fruit and all its derivatives, consider substituting it with another tropical flavor like mango or passion fruit juice that will work well with these sweet and savory glazes.
Get as creative as you want in your kitchen and let these substitutions and variations inspire new twists on this guava glazed chicken recipe!
Serving and Pairing
The balance of sweet and savory flavors in this Guava Butter Glazed Chicken make it a versatile dish that pairs well with many different sides. For a classic Caribbean-inspired meal, I recommend serving the glazed chicken with rice and peas, plantains, and a fresh green salad. The savory flavors from the thyme and shallots will complement the sweetness of the guava sauce perfectly.
If you’re in the mood for something lighter, try pairing this glazed chicken with a citrusy salad featuring ingredients like arugula, grapefruit, and avocado. The acidity will contrast well with the sweetness of the guava sauce.
For a heartier option that’s perfect for cooler weather, serve the glazed chicken alongside some roasted vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. The sweetness from the glaze will cut through the earthiness of these vegetables.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try making pinchos de pollo (grilled chicken kebabs) with the glazed chicken. Simply cube boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs and marinate them in the glaze for at least an hour. Then skewer the chicken and grill until cooked through for a fun and flavorful appetizer.
No matter how you choose to serve it, this Guava Butter Glazed Chicken is sure to be a crowd-pleaser that your guests won’t forget anytime soon.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
One of the best things about this chicken with guava butter glaze recipe is that it can be made ahead and stored for later use. If you’re planning to host a party or cook a meal for a special occasion, it’s always helpful to have a few dishes prepared in advance.
To make this recipe ahead of time, follow the instructions up to the point of cooking the chicken. Instead of placing the chicken in the oven, let it cool and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. When you’re ready to cook it, take it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature before continuing with the cooking process.
If you have leftovers after your meal (which is rare!), they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. You can reheat the chicken in the microwave or oven until it reaches the desired temperature without drying it out.
A great way to serve leftovers is to create sandwiches with guava bbq sauce or shredded chicken on a bed of salad greens. The combination of flavors is heavenly and makes for an easy lunch or snack option during the week.
With this make-ahead, storing and reheating tips, you can be stress-free knowing that your delicious chicken with guava butter glaze will taste just as good as when freshly cooked.
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you are ready to cook this delightful guava chicken recipe, let me give you some tips that will make the final result even better. The first tip is about the temperature of the ingredients.
Make sure all of them are at room temperature before you start cooking. This will help your chicken cook evenly and prevent dryness. Cold meat tends to contract when it meets heat, and that can leave your chicken cooked on the outside but uncooked inside.
The second tip is about seasoning. Don’t be afraid to add more spices and herbs than the recipe calls for to give it a personal touch. You can also mix in other flavors like citrus or honey to complement the guava sauce. It is important to balance out the sweetness of the guava sauce with other flavors.
Another tip is to keep an eye on your chicken while it cooks. Chicken can go from perfectly cooked to overdone very quickly, so always use a timer and thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat. Boneless skinless chicken breasts should reach 165°F, while chicken thighs are typically cooked until they reach 180°F.
If you want extra crispy skin on your glazed chicken, pat them dry with a paper towel before cooking them. This will help rid of any extra moisture and create a more even crust as they sear in the pan or bake in the oven.
Lastly, be patient with your glaze! The key is to let it cook down so that it thickens when it cools down. When applying glaze to wings or fried chicken, toss them in a bowl after coating them with guava bbq sauce or guava jam for even coverage.
These tips will lead you into making juicy, tender glazed guava chicken breasts and wings every time!
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a dish that is sure to impress your guests, then look no further than this Chicken with Guava Butter Glaze recipe. With its succulent and juicy flavor, it is sure to be a hit at any party or gathering. Plus, with so many variations and substitutions available, it can easily be adapted to suit any taste preference. Whether you’re in the mood for a spicy jerk chicken or a sweeter guava-glazed chicken wings, this recipe has got you covered. So why not give it a try and see for yourself why it’s one of the most popular dishes in South Florida and beyond? Trust me, your guests won’t be disappointed!
Chicken With Guava Butter Glaze Recipe
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 16 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 2 tablespoons guava butter
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 teaspoon sherry wine
- 1 teaspoon chili paste
- Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt, pepper, and thyme.
- Grill chicken as preferred (grill, indoor foreman grill, grill pan, etc.) until meat is no longer pink.
- While chicken is grilling, melt butter in small saucepan on medium until transparent.
- Add shallots and stir until they lose their firmness.
- Add wine, sherry, and chili paste.Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sauce forms a glaze. Watch it more closely near the end.
- Plate chicken and spoon sauce evenly over all. Serve with veggies and rice or bread, if desired.
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