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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken

Are you a fan of spicy, tangy and sweet all wrapped up together?  The tangy and sweet flavor combo of this maple-mustard sauce will have you licking the plate!  This recipe, adapted from Cooking Light gets so much flavor from these low fat ingredients that you will swear that you should be feeling guilty.  But don't!  

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Ingredients:
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3-4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (mine came 3 to a pack)
kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste
1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, stripped from stems
4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp stone-ground Creole mustard
* some red pepper flakes would be great in here too!
** this recipe would also be great using center cut pork loin chops!






Step-by-Step:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat a large black iron skillet (or heavy, ovenproof skillet) over medium-high heat.  Add oil and swirl to coat.  Sprinkle chicken liberally with cracked black pepper and kosher salt.  

Add chicken to pan and saute for 3 - 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.  The meat should release easily from the pan when ready.

Remove the chicken from the  pan.

Add chicken broth to the pan to de-glaze.  Then add syrup, thyme, and garlic to the pan.  Bring this all to a boil, scraping up the browned bits at the bottom of the skillet.  Cook 2 - 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
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chicken broth
maple syrup

thyme leaves
garlic slices
 
Note:  These garlic slices are cut large enough to be removed by your picky eaters... and given to the other ones who just LOVE the flavor of the sweet, roasted garlic.  At the end, the garlic is soft and buttery!
Add vinegar and mustard to the sauce.  Cook for 1 minutes, stirring constantly.
apple cider vinegar
stone ground Creole mustard
Return the chicken to the sauce and spoon the maple-mustard glaze over the breasts.


Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F until internal thermometer reads 160 degrees (about 11 minutes).  
Remove chicken from the pan and let them sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place the pan back over medium heat and cook the maple-mustard sauce another 2 minutes or until it is syrupy, stirring frequently.  


Serve the sauce over the chicken.  Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

This is one low fat and healthy recipe that you are sure to come back for! Man, oh, man... this sure is good!!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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Written Method:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Heat a large black iron skillet (or heavy, ovenproof skillet) over medium-high heat.  Add oil and swirl to coat.  Sprinkle chicken liberally with cracked black pepper and kosher salt.  Add chicken to pan and saute for 3 - 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.  The meat should release easily from the pan when ready.  Remove the chicken from the  pan.

Add chicken broth to the pan to deglaze.  Then add syrup, thyme, and garlic to the pan.  Bring this all to a boil, scraping up the browned bits at the bottom of the skillet.  Cook 2 - 3 minutes, stirring frequently.   Add vinegar and mustard to the sauce.  Cook for 1 minutes, stirring constantly.

Return the chicken to the sauce and spoon the maple-mustard glaze over the breasts.  Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F until internal thermometer reads 160 degrees (about 11 minutes).  Remove chicken from the pan and let them sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place the pan back over medium heat and cook the maple-mustard sauce another 2 minutes or until it is syrupy, stirring frequently.  Serve the sauce over the chicken.  Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

6 comments:

  1. Excellent! Once again my SIL made a dish from your website and it was wonderful! I can't decide what I'm going to make first. :-)

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    1. You'd better get in on the game... or else your SIL will be the one having all the fun! Thanks for the kind words. :-)

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  2. I just LOVE these kinds of sweet and savory recipes! I've tried many of them in my blogging days...lol! I'll be trying this one too! Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower!

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    1. So thrilled to have a new follower.... Be sure to let me know how it comes out for you! Julie

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  3. These are sooo yummy! My family loves it! Thank u sooo much!

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    1. Great! So happy that you enjoyed.... please feel free to come back again!
      Julie

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