elderberry & chipotle-glazed chicken

I recently received a shipment of Elderberry jams and jellies from Norm’s Farms, and have been exploring some different dishes with the delightful addition of elderberries!  I love sweets, but I think there is a special place in my heart where savory meets sweet, and magic happens. 

It shouldn’t come to a surprise that I love teriyaki chicken (savory + sweet, after all), but my husband… he generally wants his flavors simple.  Savory, or sweet.  So, I was a little apprehensive preparing an elderberry & chipotle-glazed chicken, since it does have both elements. 

I decided to test it out for a lunch first, to see how it went over.  And since it was a lunch portion, I wanted to keep it simple, because I don’t have endless hours to cook in the kitchen (although, I wish I did). 

What I came up with was a super easy elderberry & chipotle-glazed chicken, which only requires 3 ingredients, and cooks in under 20 minutes.  That certainly seems easy enough for lunch! 

Elderberry & Chipotle-Glazed Chicken

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 – 2 tsp chipotle seasoning
  • 2 tbsp elderberry jelly

Season both sides of the chicken with chipotle seasoning.  Cook chicken in a flat or grill pan, until almost cooked through.  When the chicken has about 3 minutes left, spoon a tablespoon of elderberry jelly onto each piece, and allow to melt into the chicken.  Flip and sear the jelly into the chicken, careful not to let it burn.

Once the chicken is cooked through, and internal temperature has reached 165 degrees, remove from heat.

elderberry & chipotle-glazed chicken 2

I sliced and plated the elderberry & chipotle-glazed chicken, and brought it to my husband, without exactly explaining what it is.  Although, honestly, I don’t think he would know what an elderberry was, if I did bring it up. 

And the verdict?  Success! He is a man of few compliments, and he actually went out of his way to say “wow, I really liked that!”.  I am putting that in the win column, and adding this super simple recipe to my recipe book!



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