I came across this recipe on Pinterest…it was one of those where the entire recipe is written in the pin description, but the link to the picture is dead. I hate those! Anyway, the title of the pin was “The BEST Chicken in the World.” Now how can I pass that up without trying it? This was a paleo version of a recipe that I saw a few months ago–same name, same concept, different ingredients (meaning, the original recipe included like 900 cups of brown sugar or something like that). This one is the paleo version, and while I don’t know that it’s absolutely the BEST chicken I’ve ever tried…it’s pretty close!
This is one of the few recipes that I’ve made where the husband not only told me he loved it (that’s a pretty common occurrence around here), but he told me to absolutely never lose the recipe. The maple syrup adds a lovely light sweetness to the tangy flavor of the vinegar and the spicy flavor of the mustard. As an added bonus, I used some of the sauce (after the chicken came out of the oven) in the salad dressing, which was lovely! For those of you wondering what’s in the salad pictured above, it’s arugula, strawberries, blueberries, and carrots. Additionally, if you wanted to do this with other chicken parts, it seems like it would work just as well–just alter your cooking time.
Sweet Dijon Chicken
4 chicken breasts
1/2 C Dijon mustard
1/4 C pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
fresh rosemary (I didn’t have any fresh rosemary around–it’s just as good without it)
1.– Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking dish with foil for easier cleanup. In a small bowl, whisk mustard, syrup, and vinegar.
2.– Put chicken into baking dish; season with salt and lots of pepper. Pour mustard mixture over chicken to coat each piece of chicken. Add more pepper on top of sauce, if desired.
3.– Bake 30-40 minutes (or until thickest part of chicken reads 165 degrees). Season with fresh rosemary and serve immediately.
Be prepared for everyone to ask you for the recipe (or for them to ask you to make this over and over)!