Is it Friday yet? I don’t know why I am looking forward to the weekend- I signed up for the DC Rock and Roll Half Marathon and haven’t been training…Hopefully my adrenaline/competitiveness will kick in and it won’t be that bad, positive thinking! Anyways, I am always on the look out for easy, healthy week night meals that do not take long to prepare. I found the recipe below on one of my favorite food bloggers Table for Two. Her pictures look way more appetizing than mine so I think I will make a few changes next time around. She raved about this dish and I figured that I should try it. The chicken was tangy and sweet. I think next time I will brown the chicken on both sides and make more sauce! The husband approved so that is always a good thing.
1 1/2 – 2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken thighs (most of the fat cut and discarded)
1/2 cup Dijon mustard (must be Dijon mustard, no substitutes)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (again, no substitutes. No fake Aunt Jemima stuff)
1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. fresh rosemary for garnish
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a 8×8″ oven-proof pan with 2 layers of tin foil. **I used chicken breasts and they didn’t crisp up like hers did. I think next time I will brown them and cook them for not as long.
- In small bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper. **Next time I will make more sauce-probably double it.
- Place the chicken thighs in the foil layered pan then pour the mixture on top of it. Turn the chicken around in the sauce to make sure it gets all coated.
- Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let chicken sit for 5 minutes then transfer to a plate. Do NOT discard the liquid.
- Immediately after plating chicken, whisk in the 1 tbsp. of cornstarch into the liquid in the pan. You’ll create a nice, thick sauce to drizzle over your chicken. You need to do cornstarch mixing immediately because the liquid needs to be hot in order for it to thicken properly. If it’s still not thickening after 1 tbsp., you can add a little more.
- Sprinkle rosemary on top before serving.
- Serve with rice or potatoes or vegetables.