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 — 2,396 Comments

  1. What can I substitute the maple syrup for? Not readily available in South Africa, just an artificial maple flavoured syrup

    • You can substitute honey for the maple syrup. That’s what we do, and it tastes really good. (We use raw honey.)

  2. I thought the recipe looked great based on other reviews.
    I made it for my husbands birthday unfortunately he didn’t like it, my son smothered it with hot sauce but didn’t eat much. I liked it a lot but I guess I won’t be making it again

  3. I made this in the crockpot. Super simple. Put the chicken in the crockpot salt and peppered them on both sides. Whisked the other ingredients together and poured over the top. Set the crockpot for 6 hours on low. Came out great. Trying this re wipe tonight but coming them in my traegar smoker. Can’t wait to eat tonight.

  4. Sport for the typos. Cooking and posting at the same time. I meant I am trying this recipe on my traegar smoker tonight. Thanks.

  5. I made this tonight. My husband said he liked it but we will see. I have a chicken left, we will see if it gets eaten or trashed?

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