Chicken on the Beach Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Modified: August 16, 2022

Summer is the best season for outdoor cooking and activities. Whether it’s the time of the year or it’s fall and you’re missing it, this savory recipe will remind you of summer on the beach with its tropical ingredients like pineapple juice and agave nectar. We will teach you step by step how to make chicken on the beach.

Preparng the Chicken on the Beach Recipe

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Chicken on the Beach Recipe

How To Make Chicken on the Beach

This chicken on the beach recipe flavored with fruit juice, herbs, spices, and agave and braised to a perfect tender and moist texture will give your tastebuds a tropical delight. Serve with rice as a side dish and discover the wonderful flavors.

Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 1 hr 35 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 2 whole chicken leg quarters, roughly 1½ lbs
  • 2 whole boneless chicken breasts, roughly 16 oz
  • salt and ground black pepper, for seasoning
  • 1 cup shortening

For Sauce:

  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 5 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 6 oz red onions, halved
  • 2 oz garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 oz fresh cilantro, roots and all
  • 2 tsp chili powder, preferably ancho chili powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeño with juice
  • ¼ cup agave nectar, or brown sugar
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Using a blender or food processor, puree all ingredients for the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Adjust accordingly. Set aside.
  3. Season both chicken parts with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Melt the shortening and sear chicken evenly on all sides. Transfer to a braising pan.
  5. Pour sauce onto the chicken, ensuring that it covers at least ¼ of the chicken.
  6. Cover with foil and transfer to the preheated oven.
  7. Braise for approximately 45 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear but remain moist. Note that the chicken breast will cook faster than the chicken leg, so keep a close eye as you may need to set aside the chicken breasts earlier.
  8. Place the excess sauce into a saucepot. Reduce over medium heat until thickened, enough to brush over the chicken, but not cloying in taste.
  9. Towards the last 5 minutes of braising, remove and discard the foil. Return the chicken breasts to reheat. You may also need to drain away some of the sauce from the braising.
  10. Brush the glaze over and around the chickens. Increase the top heat of the oven to 400 degrees F and roast the chicken briefly for the remaining 5 minutes until the skin turns a deep color.
  11. Serve together with the dipping sauce, choice of vegetables, and rice. Enjoy your chicken on the beach!

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 60g
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  • Calcium: 275mg
  • Calories: 1832kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 96g
  • Cholesterol: 214mg
  • Fat: 140g
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Iron: 9mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 58g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 37g
  • Potassium: 1793mg
  • Protein: 54g
  • Saturated Fat: 35g
  • Sodium: 972mg
  • Trans Fat: 14g
  • Vitamin A: 4833IU
  • Vitamin C: 83mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you braise a perfect chicken on the beach?

The key to making a perfectly tender, juicy, and flavorful braised chicken is to cook it slowly at a low temperature with just the right amount of liquid. The oven should be just hot enough for a gentle simmer. The liquid should cover around ⅓ to ½ of the meat, and no more than that. This will allow the top of the meat to brown and thus also develop more flavor.

Can you overcook chicken on the beach?

Chicken breasts can get overcooked easily because they are more prone to drying out. Chicken thighs, on the other hand, is a juicier cut which makes it easier to start with for beginners as it’s less likely to overcook. When overcooked, the texture becomes dry and rubbery. Be sure to cook the chicken at the right temperature and just until the time specified in the recipe is over. Then, you’re sure to have perfectly cooked braised chicken on the beach every time.

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Conclusion

The next time you decide to have a nice home cooked dinner during your beach vacation, try this chicken on the beach recipe. This sweet and savory chicken is simple and easy and you can have it anytime, anywhere. Use the condiment of your choice or add herbs in the marinade — it's all up to you!
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