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Cran-Raisin Barbecue Sauce over Chicken


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 small red onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • Zest and juice of 1 large navel orange

  • 1/4 cup golden or black raisins, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons (1 nip) brandy or orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier (optional)

  • 1 cup prepared fresh or canned whole berry cranberry sauce


Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF.

Place a large, ovensafe skillet over medium-high heat with two turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place into the hot skillet. Cook until golden brown on each side, 4-5 minutes, then transfer to the oven to finish cooking, 4-5 minutes more.

While the chicken is working, place a medium size skillet over medium heat with one turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until golden brown and crispy, 4-5 minutes. Remove the cooked bacon from the pan and reserve. Add the onion to the same pan and cook until tender, 4-5 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, maple syrup, orange juice and zest, raisins, brandy or orange liqueur (if using) and cranberry sauce to the pan. Season with salt and pepper and bring up to a simmer. Cook the sauce until thickened and raisins have plumped up, 2-3 minutes.

Serve the sauce warm over the chicken breasts with Cider Sweet Potatoes alongside.