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Chicken with Root Beer Glaze

Root Beer Glazed Chicken on a plate with corn.

Root Beer is not just for drinking! And that’s a good thing because I’m not a fan of drinking Root Beer, but I do buy it because my son loves the stuff. I wanted to give cooking with it a try because I hate to not like something and I thought it might be more palatable in food form. And it was.

Root Beer Glaze is the perfect sweet and spicy accompaniment to chicken and it goes wonderfully with mashed sweet potatoes. Not only does the root beer help give the glaze a nice deep caramel color, it gives a nice zip to the flavor.

If your jalapeno is really spicy, you may not want to add the whole thing. You be the judge. You can always add more but you can’t take away. 🙂

Chicken with Root Beer Glaze is sure to become a family favorite.

Root Beer Glazed Chicken on a plate with a jalapeno and corn on the cob.

Root Beer Glazed Chicken

Chicken with Root Beer Glaze



  • 1 cup root beer
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness or butterflied
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Combine all ingredients except chicken in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until glaze is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Heat grill pan or gas grill over medium high heat. Drizzle just enough olive oil on the chicken so that it will not stick and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken on grill pan and cook 2-3 minutes. Flip over and coat the top side with glaze. Cook 2 minutes and turn over. Coat other side with glaze. Continue to coat with glaze and flip until chicken is cooked through.

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2 thoughts on “Chicken with Root Beer Glaze”

  1. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    I’ve used rootbeer on pork chops, but never on chicken. That glaze looks delicious Christin–definitely a must try!

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