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Anejo rum glazed free range chicken breast

Anejo rum glazed free range chicken breast
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: We recently took our family to Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego. The Barefoot Bar & Grill there served one of the best chicken dishes. It was a free-range chicken breast with a citrus and rum ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Serves 4

Glaze

  • 2 cups anejo rum
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 3 star anise
  • 14 peppercorns

Step 1Place the rum and shallot in a skillet and warm over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Carefully (with a safety lighter) ignite the rum to burn off the alcohol. It will take about 6 to 8 minutes for the flames to die down. The rum will be reduced to about 1 cup.

Step 2Add the grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, thyme, molasses, cinnamon stick, star anise and peppercorns, and heat over medium heat to reduce slightly. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain; discard the solids. Keep warm until ready to use.

Chicken

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Zest of 2 large oranges
  • 4 free-range bone-in chicken breasts (skin on)

Step 1Combine the oil, salt, pepper and zest. Thoroughly rub the mixture on the chicken breasts just before grilling.

Step 2Grill over a medium flame. When the chicken is just cooked through, baste generously with the rum sauce. Drizzle the plates with the remainder of the sauce and serve.

Note: Anejo rum is aged rum. Use caution when igniting the rum; remove the pan from the heat before doing so. Have a pot lid close by; if necessary, cover the pot to smother the flames.

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