This baked maple glazed chicken is made with only 7 ingredients which makes it a simple dinner idea! Tender chicken glazed with the rich sweetness of pure maple syrup paired with tart lemon and nutty almonds combine to make delicious flavors. Pair with steamed rice and a kale salad for a complete meal.
This chicken recipe comes from one of my all-time favorite kitchen recourses – “The Maple Syrup Cookbook” put out by the Michigan Maple Syrup Association nearly 20 years ago. This little book is extremely informative in how to use pure maple syrup in your cooking (love, love maple syrup!) or baking including these chewy maple cookies back in 2015.
Maple glazed chicken is so very simple with only 7 ingredients (minus salt and pepper) and oh so clever. The rich sweetness of the syrup pairs nicely with the tart lemon and the nutty flavor of the almonds reminded me of a healthier version of General Tso’s chicken. We loved it.
Would you like to make some Maple Glazed Chicken with me for the first time?
Maple Glazed Chicken Ingredients
As I said, this recipe is very, very simple. The “weirdest” ingredient by far is the pure maple syrup. But if you’re like me, you always have a gallon of it in the back of your fridge. Seriously, we keep the entire gallon next to the milk 🙂
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- pure maple syrup
- slivered almonds
- lemon juice
- grated lemon rind
- salt and black pepper
How to Make Maple Glazed Chicken
Step 1: After placing your chicken breasts in a buttered shallow pan (I’m using a 2.2qt pan), mix all other remaining ingredients together. Make sure you zest the lemon before juicing –it’s much easier!
Step 2: Pour the sauce over top the chicken and place it in a preheated 375˚F oven for 15 minutes. Baste or spoon the sauce over the chicken at that point and bake for another 15 minutes. Baste again for the second time and bake until the internal temperature of the breast reaches 160˚F.
Step 3: Remove the pan from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes. This is not written in the recipe, but whenever we cook meat in the oven, we always give it a resting phase before cutting. In this case, put some foil on top and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
To serve: Plate the chicken over rice or buttered noodles and spoon some of the sauce on top before garnishing with parsley (green onion would be good too!) You will love what you taste for dinner…moist chicken with sweet, tart, and tangy flavors. Thank you, Michigan Maple Syrup Association, for coming through yet again.
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Maple Glazed Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- cracked black pepper
- Place your chicken breasts in the bottom of a shallow baking pan. Mix all remaining ingredients and pour the sauce over top of the chicken.
- Bake the chicken for 35 – 45 minutes in a 375˚ preheated oven, basting at least twice during cooking. When the internal temperature of the breast reaches 160 degrees, remove the pan from the oven.
- Cover the pan with foil, and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Serve the chicken over top of rice or butter noodles and garnish