As a huge fan of maple syrup, I'm always adding it to something that doesn't need it or using it in place of something else. I guess you could call it my "not-so secret ingredient". In fact it's become so ubiquitous in my house that my husband is often surprised to find out certain dishes of mine DON'T have maple in them! This chicken recipe is just one of the many, many maple dishes I make on regular basis.
In this recipe the lemon juice and cayenne help to cut the sweetness of the syrup without overwhelming it.
Baked Maple Chicken
2-3 lbs boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
1 medium onion, sliced
Place chicken pieces in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Mix all other ingredients except onion and pour evenly over chicken. Arrange onion slices over chicken breasts and cover dish with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, uncover and continue cooking an additional 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, basting occasionally.
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