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Ginger Maple Chicken

Combine sweet and zesty flavors for a chicken dish your family is sure to love. Just don’t expect any leftovers of this Ginger Maple Chicken!

Ginger maple chicken

This Ginger Maple Chicken recipe deserves a drool emoji.  Ginger, I love it all on its own, in so many ways, but immersed in sweet maple syrup—now that’s a treat, and it’s not even dessert!

Whether you have a whole chicken or chicken thighs, you can make it either way. Using chicken that still has the skin on is key because then it can crisp up in the pan.

To make Ginger Maple Chicken, you’ll start by sauteeing the ginger and garlic together until fragrant, then searing the chicken while drizzling the lemon juice over them. At this point, you could continue to cook it in the pan until it’s done, but that can get tricky to cook every piece to the same temperature, so many people like to finish it in the oven. To do that, you’d put the chicken in a baking dish, sprinkle salt and pepper, then drizzle with maple syrup. Bake in a 325-degree oven covered for 45 minutes or until cooked through.

I like to serve this kind of chicken with a nice fresh salad that perhaps has a bright lemon vinaigrette, but it also pairs just fine with some roasted broccoli and garlic. When my whole family is home, I will often serve it over rice and make a little extra sauce to toss with it. No matter how you pair it, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

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Ginger maple chicken

Ginger Maple Chicken

Combine sweet and zesty flavors for a chicken dish your family is sure to love. Just don’t expect any leftovers of this Ginger Maple Chicken!

  • Author: Norann Oleson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Entrées

Ingredients

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  • 1 chicken, quartered, or approximately 2 pounds chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 lemons, sliced, with seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pan. Add ginger and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  2. Add chicken pieces and sauté until well-browned and cooked through.
  3. Squeeze the lemon slices over the chicken. Add the squeezed slices to the pan.
  4. Add the maple syrup, salt, and pepper and cook over low heat covered until thick. Turn chicken pieces halfway through.

Notes

  • Instead of fully cooking the chicken in the skillet, you can also finish this dish in a 325 degrees F oven for 45 minutes in a covered baking dish.

Have you made this chicken dish? It’s so easy and flavorful—please tell us how it turned out for you.

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