Maple-Thyme Roasted Chicken Breasts

Maple-Thyme Roasted Chicken Breasts

Enjoy this maple and thyme flavored chicken roast that’s ready in 40 minutes – a delightful dinner.

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cup real maple syrup
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
teaspoon salt
clove garlic, finely chopped
bone-in skin-on chicken breast halves with large pieces of skin intact (about 3 lb)
tablespoons firm butter, each tablespoon cut into smaller pieces
tablespoon vegetable oil
teaspoon salt
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Heat oven to 425°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil.
  2. In small bowl, mix syrup, vinegar, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the garlic.
  3. Starting on one side of each chicken, slowly work your fingers under the skin. You are trying to loosen the connection between the skin and meat, not remove the skin. Place chicken, skin sides up, in foil-lined pan. For each chicken piece, use a spoon to drizzle about 2 tablespoons of the syrup mixture under the skin and spread evenly over the meat. Dot each with 1 tablespoon of the butter pieces. Evenly replace any skin you may have displaced. Rub skin with oil, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper.
  4. Roast chicken uncovered 30 to 35 minutes or until juice of chicken is no longer pink when thickest part is cut to bone (180°F). Remove from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving to let juices reabsorb.
Makes 4 servings
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Why it Works: Maple Match When pulled from a tree, maple sap is as thin as water and just about as flavorful. That may be why it takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of maple syrup! As maple sap boils down to make syrup, the water evaporates and the sugar concentrates. The longer it cooks, the more the sugar changes as it combines with other components of the sap and caramelizes. Real maple syrup is just a little thicker than water and is complex in flavor (slightly smoky, sometimes bitter and maybe even chocolaty). Used in sweet and savory cooking, maple is the perfect partner for matching and enhancing the slight sweetness of sautéed vegetables, the smokiness of grilled meat and the floral quality of fresh herbs.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 530
    • (Calories from Fat 260),
  • Total Fat 28g
    • (Saturated Fat 10g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 165mg;
  • Sodium 780mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 19g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 16g),
  • Protein 50g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 7 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 1;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.