It’s back-to-school for most kids, but this year is going to be different because it’s a virtual education from home. When I was young, the weekend before school started was spent organizing backpacks, cleaning out drawers for new school clothes, and preparing our kitchens for easier meals to have during the week. This year is no exception, except for the backpacks and clothes. Maybe this year there’s a bit more preparation on an at-home desk space, and deciding which sweatpants, or shorts to wear with that favorite comfy t-shirt. Either way, the delicious easy meals part of the equation is here to stay.
This chicken recipe is made in one pan, in the oven and the glaze is applied a couple of times throughout the roasting process, giving the chicken a slightly sticky texture. The combination of maple syrup and mustard creates a taste that adults and kids will both enjoy. It will definitely brings new meaning to finger lickin’ good, but in a healthier more satisfying way.
So, enjoy the last weeks of summer with this easy-to-prepare chicken dinner because I know most of you have other things to do like find another headset, or help out with homework. School is definitely back in session.
1 whole chicken, cut up
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 lemon, divided
2 tablespoons butter
Maple Mustard Glaze
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/3 cup maple syrup
4 tablespoons butter
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove chicken from any packaging and pat dry with a paper towel. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil into an oven-safe casserole dish. Place chicken in dish and toss in oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides of chicken and dot with butter. Slice half of lemon into wedges and arrange around chicken. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
2. To prepare glaze – in a saucepan, add Dijon, maple syrup and butter. Cook over low heat until simmering and whisk until smooth. Turn heat down to simmer, and leave on stove top. After 30 minutes, brush chicken with glaze and continue to cook for 15 minutes. Brush again and cook another 15 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and brush once more with glaze. Serve with potatoes, steamed rice or a garden salad. Enjoy!