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 — 2,430 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?

  6. I made it tonight for myself and daughter. Both of us did not like it because there was way too much Dijon mustard. A half cup is a lot and the mustard taste overwhelmed any other flavor. Won’t make it again.

    • I agree. As I was mixing the two I felt the mustard was way too much so I used about 1/4 mustard and more of the maple syrup. You really need to taste as you mix to your own taste. When done, it is really delicious.

  7. Made this tonight and it was fabulous! Both husband and I loved it. I used slightly less than 1/2 cup mustard but everything else as written. Will definitely make again with mashed potatoes to sop up the lovely sauce.

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  9. Unfortunately this recipe does not please my man, but it pleases me and he’s out of town tonight so I’m making it!

  10. I tried this recipe because I love the tenderness of chicken thighs. And I love sweet and sour sauces. It was good however I did have to add more maple syrup. I found the sauce was too tart (maybe too much rice vinegar). I will try it again but will increase the maple syrup by 3 Tablespoons.

  11. HUGE HIT with the ENTIRE FAMILY! I love this recipe and so do the kids. It’s easy and I use this camping too!

  12. Love it! the only problem is mine is not coming out brown like the one in the picture.Mine has alottt of liquid in the pan and it’s mostly boiling lol.Should I increase the temp or cook alot longer?

  13. I was feeling so uninspired and just needed to make something for my boyfriends lunch. Lo and behold, MAN PLEASING CHICKEN!!! That’s all I ever needed! Thanks for the title that made my day easier! <3

  14. I have used this recipe dozens of times since pinning it in ‘14. My husband doesn’t like anything mustard based but begs me to make this. Over the years I have switched to using local honey, but I have also used agave in a pinch. I’ve even screwed it up by using way too much rice vinegar and it still turned out great. No one knew but me. Thank you for this recipe! It gives me an excuse to use my rosemary bushes for something other than being pretty and baking breads or cookies. It’s definitely a keeper.

  15. Haha. You call it ‘manpleasing’. I liked it way better than my husband….who eats whatever I cook with appreciation but rare enthusiasm…
    I make this often for me!

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