Maple & Mustard Chicken . . .

Friday 29 January 2016

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 One of the things I love most about chicken is it's ability to go so very well with a lot of other flavours. It's just so very adaptable, and delicious.  The breast meat is of course a lot leaner, but also very easy to dry out . . .  the thighs and legs have a lot more flavour in the, and require longer cooking so that they are nice and tender, but it's no surprise that they actually have more flavour as they are the part of the chicken that gets the biggest workout!  (If you are not buying factory farmed chicken that is.  If you are, none of it will have much flavour)

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We had our friends Tina and Tony over for supper last Saturday evening and I cooked this chicken for us for our supper.  It went down really well and was enjoyed very much by all of us.  I do so love the flavour and heat of a good mustard, and this dish uses two types of mustard . . .

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The chicken pieces themselves are coated in a marinade of smooth and creamy full flavoured Dijon mustard, which is rich and has a bit of heat, but not overwhelmingly so . . . as well some smoked paprika for a bit of smokiness and of course some salt and black pepper.

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While the chicken is marinating you brown off some pancetta cubes and onions . . .  and then you brown the chicken  . . .  searing in that marinade and those juices all the way around the pieces . . .

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The chicken (bacon and onions) are then braised in a mix of thyme, white wine and maple syrup, until the meat is succulent, tender and delicious.  Stirring in some grainy mustard and cream at the very end, adds a bit of texture and richness to the sauce, which is so delicious spooned over those tender chicken pieces.  Mashed potatoes or rice are the perfect accompaniment.

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*Maple and Mustard Chicken*
Serves 4 

A deliciously easy one pot meal.  I use my electric skillet for this, but you can use any large skillet with a lid that fits all the chicken.  I served with mashed potatoes and broccoli.  Also I don't eat the skin, but I do cook it with the skin on for this particular dish. 

4 chicken thighs, skin on/ bone in
4 chicken legs, skin on/bone in
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
83g of Dijon mustard (1/3 cup) 
olive oil  
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You will also need:
50g cubetti de pancetta (diced pancetta or bacon, 1/2 cup)
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
180ml of white wine (3/4 cup)
2 TBS grainy mustard
60ml of pure maple syrup (1/4 cup)
120ml heavy cream (1/2 cup)

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Mix together the smoked paprika, sea salt, pepper and Dijon mustard in a large bowl.  Add the chicken pieces, turning then to coat and rubbing it in.  Set aside.  

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the pancetta/bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until it is just starting to brown.  Scoop out to a bowl, leaving any drippings in the pan. You should have about 1 TBS.  If you don't you can add some olive oil.  Add the chopped onion and cook until softened.  Stir in the dried thyme and cook for a few minutes longer.  Scoop out into the bowl with the pancetta/bacon. 

Add a bit of oil to the pan and start to brown the chicken, browning it on all sides, over medium high heat, and working in batches if necessary.  Remove the chicken as it is browned all over to a plate and set aside.

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Add the wine to the skillet, scraping up any brown bits, and bringing to the boil. Reduce to low and then add the pancetta/bacon, onions and maple syrup.  Stir in the cooked pancetta/bacon and the onions.  Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan, turning the chicken to coat.  Cover tightly and cook over very low heat for 35 to 40 minutes until the chicken is very tender. 

Remove the chicken to a warm platter.  Stir the grainy mustard and cream into the pan juices and heat through.  Spoon over the chicken and serve immediately.  Delicious!


  1. Oh yes! This sounds fabulous and I love the way that it uses chicken portions with the bone in. So many recipes these days just use chicken breasts and while they are convenient, I do also like to buy whole chickens and chicken portions.

    I love the combination of chicken, mustard and thyme but this is a little bit special with the maple syrup, smoked paprika and pancetta. Definitely on the menu for next week. Thankyou.

    1. I think you and Lars will love this Marie! It's simple to make and yet delicious enough to feed company. I like to buy whole chickens and cut them up into pieces when they are on a good offer. Chicken on the bone does taste better! xo

  2. This looks really yummy. I'm going to have to try this one - I'm sure the kids would love it.


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