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 — 2,236 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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  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

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