Maple Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
- 1 3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 yellow onion, cut into 1-inch wedges
- 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- Heat oven to 400° F.
- Rinse the chicken and pat it dry. Arrange the chicken, onion, and sweet potatoes in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Drizzle the oil over the chicken and vegetables and season with the salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Drizzle with the maple syrup and top with the sprigs of thyme.
- Roast, stirring the vegetables once, until the chicken is cooked through, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Serves: 4 | Calories: 625 | Fat: 34.5g | Protein: 56.66g | Carbs 19g
The other day, Tina posted a recipe she found from Real Simple. She made a Tuna Pasta recipe that looked good and it looked like a cool website so I checked it out and found the above recipe. I knew I wanted to try it!
Michael was a little wary about the whole maple syrup thing (he doesn’t like sweet stuff). I wasn’t too nervous because I assumed the syrup would bake off and turn into sugar. I was right the dish didn’t taste like maple syrup at all.
I added the 6 sprigs of fresh Thyme and popped it in the oven to bake for an hour. I checked on it twice during that time. The whole house smelled WONDERFUL. It smelled like roasting vegetables and thyme. Yum. I finished watching “It’s Complicated” (good movie). And I made Michael and I salads while we waited for dinner to cook.
I baked it for 50 minutes even though it called for 1:15 in the oven. I checked on it at 50 minutes and the chicken was done. In fact, since I used smaller pieces of chicken it cooked a lot faster than I realized.
I would most definitely make this recipe again. In fact I might even throw in some carrots too. It was delicious and so easy to make. Now that I know that smaller chicken pieces will cook faster I’ll bake it half the time and check it.
QUESTION: What’s your favorite recipe you’ve tried lately?