Man-Pleasing Chicken

Man-Pleasing Chicken

I have never gotten so many compliments before, let alone for a piece of chicken. David suggested calling this chicken, “So Good it Can’t Be Described, Explosion on Your Taste Buds Chicken.” Exactly. I have never encountered a dish that is so basic and simple to put together yet creates such a big pay off. This chicken, quite simply, is one of the most savory things I’ve ever eaten. If you are the busiest person on the planet and don’t have much cooking experience, but you have to prepare a meal to woo the love of your life, cook this chicken!

Man-Pleasing Chicken

To make this chicken, which you should absolutely do immediately, preheat your oven to 450º F. Then, mix together 1/2 cup of dijon mustard, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon of rice/rice wine vinegar. 

Man-Pleasing Chicken

Put 1.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs into a foil-lined or disposable oven-proof, 8×8 inch baking dish. Six thighs came in my package, which made enough to serve 3 people. Then, salt and pepper the thighs. Pour your maple mustard mixture over them, turning the thighs in the mixture so they are fully coated. 

Man-Pleasing Chicken

Put the chicken thighs into the oven, and let them bake for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165ºF. Baste the tops of the chicken with the sauce half way through. I find that a meat thermometer is essential in cooking because it allows me to check for doneness without cutting into the meat and losing its precious juices. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. Plate the chicken, whisk the sauce that remains in the baking dish, and then spoon the extra sauce over the top. Sprinkle over some fresh rosemary. If there is ever a time to use fresh herbs, THIS IS IT! The flavors are just so good together. Enjoy the savory goodness of this meal!

I adapted this recipe from “The I <3 Trader Joe’s Cookbook” by Cherie Mercer Twohy. Thanks, Jenna!

Shopping list:

  • Chicken thighs- 1 package
  • Dijon mustard- 1/2 cup
  • Maple syrup- 1/4 cup
  • Rice/rice wine vinegar- 1 tablespoon
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Salt and pepper
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Man-Pleasing Chicken — 2,253 Comments

  1. Wish we had loved this as it had good reviews, but we truly found it just so-so. Husband said “meh”, oldest son said “not bad but we don’t need to do it again” and sadly that’s how I felt as well. Easy dish, definitely not terrible, but not “spectacular” either dang it. Thank you tho!

  2. This is a family favorite in our home! My ” men are pleased” whenever I make this!
    Dijon and chicken are wonderful together. This is one of my “go to” no fuss dinners that never disappoints and minimizes my time slaving over a hot stove!

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  4. I am surprised that so many of the people don’t think this was totally a great recipe. My husband and myself loved it we give it 4 stars.

  5. I didn’t have rosemary, used Italian herbs instead and still turned out delish! Very easy to prepare, cook, and even the ingredients that are just sitying in the pantry just made this dishan extra ordinary meal! Yay! Good job!

  6. My Family loved it. The grandchildren 10 & 7 spooned out the Sauce after there wasn´t any chicken left. My daughter´s-in-law asked what the ingredients were. I think they will be making it. I used the equal amount of maple syrup and mustard. Was great!

  7. Followed the recipe to a T, even checking the temperature with my thermometer my husband tried really hard to scrap the Dijon stuff(as he called it) off. Finally he said he just couldn’t do it and to throw the last piece away(I only made half the recipe). He said it was no reflection on my cooking because I’ve only cooked one meal he hasn’t liked in the past five years so he knows I can cook. He also said if he went to your home and you had prepared this he would think you just couldn’t cook. I was not a fan either and my man was so far from pleased.

  8. I read the comments and was shocked by the pure vitriol of some of the people. If you didn’t like it, either keep it to yourself or just politely tell others that it’s not your cup of tea. Being an ass shouldn’t be something you are so proud of that you have to post it to a recipe site. Grow up.

  9. I’d been wanting to try this for months now and finally made it tonight. My husband and I thought this was one of the best oven-baked chicken recipes we’ve ever tried. It was amazing! I left off the rosemary and it was fantastic as is. Thank you so much. I’m extremely happy I doubled the recipe too. More leftovers!

  10. YUMMO! I made this for dinner tonight for my “man” and my son and it was FABULOUS! I used 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.(I used 2 pans) I added fresh mushroom slices & real bacon pieces to the dish before I baked it. I doubled the sauce, because I made fettuccine noodles to go with it. I added fresh rosemary to the top the last 5 minutes in the oven. It was absolutely AMAZING! Definitely a keeper!

  11. I made this exactly according to the recipe, no changes, which is unusual for me. My MO is to first sauté some onions and garlic to whisk into the sauce. I wish now that I had. My husband said it was “okay” but not the best chicken he’s eaten. I didn’t like it at all, the taste to me was very blah. I won’t be making it again.

  12. This was a huge thumbs down at our house 🙁 none of us ate more than trying one bite. My man was not pleased to say the least.

  13. I plan on trying, but using breasts instead.. I hate chicken thighs, maybe that’s why others didn’t have success with it. I’ve found that chicken thighs just don’t taste good regardless of how they’re cooked. But that’s just me, I definitely plan on trying soon.

    • Also people should remember that everyone’s tastes are different so while this may have been the perfect mixture & combination of ingredients for her family you may have to tweak things for your own.

  14. I’ve made this using raw honey instead of syrup and I have made it with balsamic vinegar instead of rice/rice wine vinegar. Both tasted great! My family loved it!

  15. OK, so I tried this a couple of days ago. Edible, but nothing spectacular. The side dishes helped. A couple of observations: I dislike the sexist title of the recipe (HEY! Not only do real men cook, but we also like things other than basic road-kill and taters!); and if anybody you prepare this for is diabetic, be aware that real maple syrup is super-concentrated sugar. Sorry. but I don’t have a burning desire to make this again.

  16. This is my go-to recipe for company, and every time I make it, the recipe is requested. We LOVE this chicken, have made it countless times. The fresh rosemary really is the key! Thanks for this.

  17. Truth… We just pulled it out of the oven. Tastes awful and smells worse. It would be a first to say I want to turn on the disposal and dump the whole panful into the sink. I dunno if it’s that rice wine vinegar but soooooooooooooooo bad. We are big cooks and love to try new recipes. We were really looking forward to this.

    • I use Red Wine Vinegar instead (simply because that’s what I have on hand). Maybe you’d prefer it with that? I also marinate mine in the sauce all day and add a touch more syrup than it calls for. 🙂

  18. My entire family was not the least bit pleased with this meal. I followed the recipe to the t and thought it would be a true family pleaser. We couldn’t even finish what was on our plates, the taste was awful!

  19. After reading a lot of the reviews, have to throw in my two cents. Gonna make this tonight for the third or fourth time. Always a big hit with the hubby, and while I’m not a huge chicken thighs fan, I nosh on it too.

    I make it as the recipe calls for. Very easy and provides a meal that tastes like it took hours.

  20. My husband and I love this recipe! Rather than fresh rosemary I garnish it with sliced green onions and serve it all over brown rice, and veggies on the side. Yuuum!!
    Thanks for the recipe!!

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