Maple Dijon Chicken – And a Thank You!

I love recipes where pretty much every ingredient called for is in the name. Mostly because recipe names are pretty short, which means that you’ll only need a few ingredients. Take this chicken…you need a bit of real maple syrup (for the love of Beiber, do not use the fake pancake syrup), a bit of dijon mustard, and some chicken. You’ll also need a bit of rice vinegar. You can sprinkle some thyme or rosemary on top too, but that’s only if you’re feeling fancy.

Before I share the recipe, I wanted to give you all a big group hug. I shared with you last week about my upcoming trip to Nicaragua and since then I’ve received so many sweet comments and emails from all of you. It’s been wonderful knowing that I’m not alone in this. To date, I’ve raised $265 towards my goal of $1800. It just blows me away that you guys not only come here and read my goofy words, try my crazy recipes, but also send me a couple of bucks to help me help others. Basically, what I’m saying is, I’d like to buy you all a pony. Covered in glitter. That poops rainbows.

Now, back to the chicken. I know these flavors sound kind of strange together, but it’s a bit like honey mustard. It works really well. I like this served with some brown rice and steamed broccoli for a healthy, but tasty dinner.

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Maple Dijon Chicken


1 3/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken, breasts or thighs
1/2 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
sprinkling of fresh thyme or rosemary, optional
salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Butterfly the chicken or pound it to an even thickness, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and place in a rimmed baking dish in an even layer.
In a small bowl, whisk together the syrup, dijon, and vinegar until well combined. Pour over the chicken. Sprinkle with the herbs, if using.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees. Baste with the sauce just before serving.

This recipe has been floating all over the blog world and pinterest. I believe I first saw in on Six Sister’s Stuff, but it’s originally from the I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook.

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11 Responses to “Maple Dijon Chicken – And a Thank You!”

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 9, 2012 @ 9:17 am (#

    Oh my gosssshhh I want some of this chicken so bad-like.


  2. Elizabeth @Food Ramblings October 9, 2012 @ 6:59 pm (#

    This looks so good– I shouldn’t have skipped dinner and read this post…haha


  3. Joanne October 9, 2012 @ 7:23 pm (#

    Maybe if I start coming up with shorter recipe names then they won’t actually take me over an hour to cook…maybe.

    I LOVE the combination of maple and dijon!


  4. Kim Stebbins October 9, 2012 @ 7:27 pm (#

    Can’t wait to try! Not weird at all– I actually have a jar of Vermont maple mustard. Love the stuff!


  5. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 9, 2012 @ 11:30 pm (#

    This sounds so easy yet delicious!! Can’t wait to try it


  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction October 10, 2012 @ 2:43 pm (#

    Karly! Maple and dijon sound likean INCREDIBLE combination for chicken! I dont’ think I’ve ever tried anything like that before…. djon chicken, ye.. but never maple! and honey mustard is like my crack. OMG I put it n everything. I’m weird!


  7. Elisabeth October 10, 2012 @ 4:21 pm (#

    SO FREAKING YUMMY! Though I did have a problem with my sauce carmelizing in the pan, so I added about 2 tbls chardonnay – yum!


  8. Helen January 10, 2013 @ 6:59 pm (#

    Oops! I didn’t see the “don’t use pancake syrup” comment until I started getting ready to cook this! Oh no! That’s all I have! How bad it it if I use the cheap crap? Is it better to just wait until I can get to the store to get the real stuff? Thanks!!!



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