It’s back-to-school for most kids and for those of us trying to hang on to summer, I thought it would be nice to keep the focus on family and create a meal that was delicious, yet easy to prepare. When I was young, the weekend before school started was spent organizing backpacks, cleaning out drawers for new school clothes and preparing meals to have during the week. This meal is perfect for such an occasion, or any occasion for that matter, because it is loaded with traditional flavors, but with a tangy twist to get you excited about a brand new school year.
This chicken recipe is made in one pan, in the oven and the glaze is applied a couple of times throughout the cooking process, giving the chicken a slightly sticky texture. The combination of maple syrup and mustard offers a taste that adults and kids will both enjoy – it definitely brings new meaning to finger lickin’ good.
So, enjoy the last days of summer and this easy-to-prepare chicken dinner because I know most of you have other things to do like 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 or garden salad. Enjoy!