Everyone loves an easy dinner
Following my previous post that featured one of my easy chicken dinners, I have received so many direct messages and emails from so many of you asking for more recipes like that. What I have also come to appreciate is the number of family members like spouses, in-laws, siblings, friends who have been making my dishes and bringing them a pregnant woman (or for their own families!)
These recipes are not just for pregnant women– anyone can enjoy them, and I encourage you to try them for yourself!
The Great Thing About Chicken
I can understand why these simple recipes are so popular: No one wants to be stuck cooking, especially after a day at work or when you’re too tired. I find that chicken is the most versatile meat for quick meals. Its cooks quickly and stores well in the refrigerator. Plus, once cooked, it reheats well and often can be turned into a totally different meal just by adding a different side dish.
Here’s another quick and easy chicken dish with ingredients you most likely already have at home. The combination of the maple and mustard creates a creamy sauce that’s not heavy or laden with fat and calories. The entire meal takes only minutes to prep and then cooks quickly in the oven. It’s a perfect make-ahead meal and can also be doubled to serve a large family or as a main dish for a dinner party. Next time you’re in a rush, definitely give this one a try.
Maple Mustard Chicken
- 2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 4-6)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (natural is best, but you can use any kind of maple syrup)
- ¼ cup Dijon or grainy mustard
- ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of fresh black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400F. Place rack in the middle of the oven.
- Clean the chicken and pat dry. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Add chicken to the bowl and toss to coat.
- Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with vegetable spray or olive oil. Transfer the chicken to the baking dish, arranging thighs in a single layer.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 160F.
- Serve with steamed vegetables or sautéed zucchini.