If you’re searching for a chicken dish that’s both easy to whip up and brimming with flavor, look no further! These baked maple chicken thighs are a delightful blend of sweet and savory, making for an unforgettable meal. The luxurious marinade, which also pairs wonderfully with pork, imparts a rich depth of flavor to the chicken. Crafted by Bwoogie1, this recipe promises a mouthwatering dish with minimal effort.
- 8 chicken thighs
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (adjust according to your taste preference)
- Cooking spray (e.g., Pam®)
- Marinate the Chicken: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar. Immerse the chicken thighs in this mixture, ensuring they are well-coated, and let them marinate for about 30 minutes to soak up the flavors.
- Preheat and Prep: While the chicken is marinating, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Meanwhile, spray a casserole dish with the cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- Baking Time: Transfer the marinated chicken thighs to the prepared casserole dish. Pour any leftover marinade over the chicken to maximize flavor. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
- Flip and Finish: After the initial baking time, turn the chicken thighs over to ensure even cooking. Continue baking for an additional 25 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has thickened to a luscious glaze.
- Serve and Savor: Once out of the oven, let the chicken rest for a few minutes. Serve the thighs drizzled with the rich sauce from the dish.
- For those who prefer white meat, you can easily substitute chicken breasts for the thighs. The cooking time may vary slightly, so keep an eye on them to ensure they’re cooked to perfection.
This recipe is a testament to the beauty of simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients and minimal preparation, you can create a dish that’s both elegant and delectably satisfying. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, these maple-glazed chicken thighs are sure to impress.