Maple Syrup Chicken gets further flavor from orange juice and savory herbs for a juicy entree.

Maple Syrup Chicken Recipe


Maple Syrup Chicken also gets amazing flavor from fresh orange juice and savory herbs. The simple recipe is easy to prepare. Just toss in the oven for less than an hour. Although using a whole chicken that you cut up yourself is more economical, you can use your favorite pre-cut chicken cuts with equal success. Great as a glaze for chicken wings, too.

Maple Syrup Chicken Recipe

1 whole chicken, about 3-1/2 pounds, cut into 4 quarters
1 fresh orange (you will need both the zest and 1/4 cup of the juice)
1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons or 1/2 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled but liquid
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or rosemary
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 F. For easy clean-up, line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick foil. Place a baking rack in the pan.

Cut the chicken into 4 quarters and place them skin-side-down on the prepared pan.

Remove the zest from the orange with a microplane or grater, then juice the orange, reserving 1/4 cup of juice. Whisk together orange zest, 1/4 cup of the orange juice, butter, maple syrup, onion powder, salt, thyme or rosemary, and pepper. Brush 1/4 of the orange mixture over the chicken pieces.

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Turn chicken skin-side-up and brush with 1/4 of the orange mixture. Roast, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with remaining 1/2 of orange mixture.

Return to oven and roast an additional 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven, tent with foil, and let rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Yield: 4 servings

• You may use pre-cut chicken pieces such as legs, thighs, breasts, or any combination, if you wish. However, a whole chicken is generally much less expensive. You can easily cut up a whole chicken with a pair of kitchen shears.

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