Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Man Pleasing Chicken

Our back to school countdown has progressed to only six days. I've let my blog fall to the wayside as we're trying to get in as much fun as possible before Boy #1 starts first grade and Boy #2 starts his first year of preschool. Plus we just did a month of swim lessons that were at 11:00 every day, so that really messed with our days. We're actually on our last day of a staycation at a super fun resort, so while the husband is still sleeping (he has no idea how lucky he is...or maybe he does), and I'm hanging out with the kids while they watch some cartoons I figured I'd get a post done.

So, the name of this chicken totally cracked me up when I came across it. It was, of course, a Pinterest recipe. I don't always have chicken thighs on hand, but I happened to recently and also had all the other ingredients, so I figured I'd give it a go. Plus it sounded really easy which I love!

Man Pleasing Chicken
Source: Witty In The City via Pinterest

1/2 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1.5 to 2 pounds chicken thighs

Preheat your oven to 450ºF. Then, mix together dijon mustard, maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar. 

Put chicken thighs into a foil-lined, oven-proof baking dish. Pour your maple mustard mixture over them, turning the thighs in the mixture so they are fully coated. Put the chicken thighs into the oven, and let them bake for 40 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 165ºF. 

Baste the tops of the chicken with more sauce half way through. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. Plate the chicken, making sure to spoon some extra sauce over the top.


See? Super easy. And I kind of dug the longer cooking time because it meant I was able to hang out in the pool with my family while it cooked. Actually the first time I made this my BFF Jen and her son were over for swimming and dinner, and everyone really liked this. We had it again recently and Boy #1 gave it one thumb up and one sideways thumb and dubbed it an A-, so from him that's a pretty high rating. That kid is a tough critic. This has become one of my go-to chicken thigh recipes, especially since it's so easy and we all love it so much!

Oops...apparently I didn't take a picture of it. I'll make a mental note to get one next time I make this!

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