Chicken marinated in date molasses (receipe)

Wow, what an explosion of flavours: chicken marinated in date molasses.

Three from the five basic tastes are triggered with every delicious bite: sweet, salty and bitterness. Accompanied with a green salad and some rice, this is a quick and rewarding meal to serve.


Chicken marinated in date molasses

Juicy chicken combined with an explosion of flavours
Keyword chicken, date molasses
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings 2 portions


For the marinade

  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 bio orange zest and juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard I used a rather heaped teaspoon
  • 2 table spoons soja sauce
  • 4 table spoons date molasses
  • 2 table spoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • 2 pieces of chicken you can use whichever piece you like, I used rather large chicken breasts


  • Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl, making sure you really get everything mixed together into a nice and soft marinade. Because of the different consistency of the different ingredients, this takes some time.
  • Place your chicken pieces into an oven proof dish just large enough to hold the chicken and the marinade. Cover the dish and let it rest in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. I left it for 8 hours, turned the chicken pieces from time to time and was pleasantly surprised how soft the marinade had made the chicken. So if you have enough time, it is worth it!
  • Preheat the oven to 190° and once it is warm, roast the chicken for at least 20-25 minutes. The exact time really depends on your chicken pieces. Just make sure that when you poke a fork into your chicken, the juices are clear.

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