Wow! That’s a mouthful! Maple Orange Chipotle Chicken. It actually kind of rolls off the tongue. That’s because this is an amazing dish, it’s easy to make and it is divine. This is one of my go-to dishes when I have people over for dinner that are “not eating” a million and one foods for whatever reason. This recipe is even paleo – whatever that is, ANYONE can eat it and it is amazing. Wait, actually, this is not a vegetarian dish so I guess there is a large group of people who can’t eat it.
Maple, orange and chipotle go so beautifull together but the kicker here is the herbes de provence; they don’t sound like they would be that good together but trust me they are GLORIOUS!
Here is my admission. This is one of my favourite chicken recipes but it is one that I found on the internet and the only thing I change is that I use maple syrup instead of honey. Here is the original recipe by Elana Amsterdam.
Maple Orange Chipotle Chicken
Enough pieces of chicken breast, leg, thigh, or drumstick for your guests
1 whole chicken
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 and a half tablespoons of Herbes de Provence
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup of dark maple syrup
1 and a half tablespoons of chipotle powder (I use mango chipotle because Robert is a spice baby)
1 and a half cups of fresh squeezed orange juice (The fresh squeezed is important. I tried this recipe with store bought orange juice and it was not very good at all)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Put your chicken into a 9×13 glass or no stick baking dish
In a bowl combine garlic, herbes de provence, maple syrup, salt, and chipotle powder
Pour the orange juice over your chicken
Rub the maple mixture onto the chicken make sure that every piece of the chicken is covered
Marinate the chicken for a few hours. You can also cook it right away but it is better if it gets a few hours in the maple bath
Sprinkle just a little more chipotle powder onto each piece of chicken or the top of the chicken
Bake for 25-30 minutes for breasts, thighs, drums or 1.5-2 hours for the whole chicken
Serve it with with rice or baby potatoes or on a salad. You won’t be disappointed by this and neither will your guests.