Man-Pleasing Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken: Use either thighs or breasts. Thighs stay juicier, but breasts work too.
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard: Feel free to substitute a similar tangy mustard if you like.
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup: Honey provides a good substitute
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar: Apple cider vinegar can also work.
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Optional Garnishes: Fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs

Instructions

  • Preheat and Prep: Preheat your oven to 450ºF (230ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
  • Mix the Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together your Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and rice wine vinegar until you get a smooth sauce.
  • Season the Chicken: Pat the chicken dry and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Sear (optional): For extra browning and flavor, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear for 1-2 minutes per side, until lightly browned. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Glaze: Pour the glaze you’ve prepared over the chicken, ensuring it’s evenly coated. If you didn’t sear, gently turn the chicken pieces in the glaze.
  • Bake: Put the chicken in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes (thighs might need a few minutes more), or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF (74ºC).
  • Rest and Serve: Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving. This lets the juices redistribute for the best flavor and texture. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired

Tips for Success

  • Adjust Sweetness: Taste the glaze before pouring and adjust the maple syrup/honey for your preferred sweetness level.
  • Get Fancy: Add a pinch of garlic powder or red pepper flakes to the glaze for extra flavor.
  • Customize: This recipe works with bone-in chicken; just increase the baking time accordingly.

Enjoy! This flavorful, easy-clean-up chicken dish is a surefire winner. Serve with roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, or a simple salad for a complete meal.

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