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Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs is a healthy baked chicken recipe with maple syrup, apple juice or cider, apples, ginger and thyme. | ifoodreal.com

Well, hello, gorgeous…maple ginger chicken thighs. How good do these look?! Not my recipe but rather my friend’s, Katie, from her new book Maple. This recipe confirms one more time how much I love chicken and how I could never give it up but rather enjoy local organic chicken in moderation. I just got a promotional email from an imitation meat company and another glance at ingredients list…nah, I’m a strong believer in rather eating good chicken.

Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs is a healthy baked chicken recipe with maple syrup, apple juice or cider, apples, ginger and thyme. | ifoodreal.com

So, Katie’s book…is quite epic. Full of very simple mostly clean eating recipes incorporating maple syrup. She lives in Vermont surrounded by small maple syrup producers that supply majority of North America’s maple syrup, I think. She is also a regular contributor to Eating Well magazine, I think…Anyways, pretty cool chick with cool recipes.

By the way, one of you will be walking away with Maple book + a whole quart (that is 946 ml if you are European like me or Canadian … like me again) of organic dark maple syrup from Butternut Mountain Farm. Another promotion of very cool people. So, enter below. Both, Americans and Canadians are welcome.

Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs is a healthy baked chicken recipe with maple syrup, apple juice or cider, apples, ginger and thyme. | ifoodreal.com

So, I went on a hunt for my organic chicken. Truth is I never have much of it in a freezer because I think it is not cheap. I was pretty stoked to see a bunch of chicken on sale this morning. It was Eat or Freeze before today so I stocked my freezer. Of course, chicken trip ended up costing $90 but anything for good food.

By the way, I am sharing my fridge contents in the newsletter coming out this weekend. So, if you are nosy like me => sign up. I promise 1 email a week + there is one exclusive giveaway available to to email subscribers only.

On another note, I have collected enough stamps from purchases to redeem for a free Jamie Oliver’s knife. It is fantastic!!! Love anything Jamie! I just love Jamie – a good lad lol.

Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs is a healthy baked chicken recipe with maple syrup, apple juice or cider, apples, ginger and thyme. | ifoodreal.com

I suck at following the recipe exactly unless it has 2 ingredients. That is why I mostly cook my recipes I guess. I did a few swaps in Katie’s maple syrup chicken recipe like: apple cider for apple juice, fresh for dry thyme, dark for regular maple syrup and shallot for onion. No worries, this maple baked chicken was still fantastic!!!

Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs is a healthy baked chicken recipe with maple syrup, apple juice or cider, apples, ginger and thyme. | ifoodreal.com

With all these flavours, acidity and sweetness you HAVE to marinate it overnight. Do not skip it. You want the meat to get tender and flavourful. I left skin on because my 4 year old loves chicken skin and I could easily take it off on my piece of chicken. Which never happened because it was so sweet and crisp I couldn’t pass on. Being honest.

Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs is a healthy baked chicken recipe with maple syrup, apple juice or cider, apples, ginger and thyme. | ifoodreal.com

Put some apples in between and let the maple ginger chicken bubble for an hour and get all crispy. I could eat this every night. Making meat for dinner is so easy. I wish I could do it every night. But let’s be grateful we can do it, period. As a kid I mostly ate canned meat from rare hunting trips because it was so expensive at the stores. So, I’m super grateful for a piece of organic chicken on sale and for Katie’s recipe. This book for Christmas? No shame promotion. But seriously it is great! I do not take just any book for review. I would take Jamie’s book LOL

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs is a healthy baked chicken recipe with maple syrup, apple juice or cider, apples, ginger and thyme. | ifoodreal.com

Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs

Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, dried
  • 3/4 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 8 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on
  • 3 medium apples, cored and quartered

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together apple juice, maple syrup, onion, ginger, vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In 9” x 13” large baking dish, place chicken, tuck apple slices in between and pour marinade over. Bake for 1 hour, basting occasionally. Serve hot with a grain of choice and/or salad.
  3. Storage Instructions: Keep refrigerated in a glass airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving = 1 thigh (skinless + a few tbsp juices)
Calories: 164.9
Total Fat: 2.8 g
Cholesterol: 57.3 mg
Sodium: 279.4 mg
Total Carbs: 15.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 13.7 g
WW Points+: 3

Giveaway runs from 00:01AM Friday November 13, 2015 to 11:59 PM Friday November 27, 2015 PST. Open to residents of USA and Canada. 1 lucky winner will receive Maple book by Katie Webster and a quart (946 ml) jug of dark robust maple syrup. Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends and should get back to me with a shipping address info within next 48 hours from the moment email has been sent out. If not, new winner will be chosen. Good luck to all!

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15 Comments

  1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden

    Was just reading that Chipotle uses chicken thighs as they are more tender and juicy. Hmmmm. Now that’s something to think about at 3 in the morning. Anyhow, Love this recipe and the giveaway! Hope I win. You never know this side of Niagara Falls.

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  2. Kathy H

    I am drooling over this recipe! I made your Baked Thai Salmon with the Thai Sweet Chili Sauce tonight & my husband & I both really liked it. This is coming from a reluctant salmon eater too. He loves it, I can live without it, but this was yummy! That sauce is to die for! This recipe is on the weekends menu now.

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    • Olena

      Hi Kathy. Awe, I’m so glad to hear that! We are the same way – my husband and boys LOVE salmon, I’m OK. I love my chicken more. I will take credit for the pictures and story for this recipe but not the recipe itself. Enjoy.:)

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  3. Kit

    While I don’t love chicken, I do eat a little, and my husband loves it. This recipe looks wonderful for me because of all the flavors in it! What a great score you made on the organic ones, Olena! Kinda makes a dent in the budget short term, but in the long run, very worth it! If I’m having animal protein, it’s got to be organic. For me..husband will eat anything! He is an eating machine who never questions.

    Thank you again for the wonderful blog!

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    • Olena

      Hi Kit. Yes, I agree on animal protein. I try to extend it as much as I can by mixing with a lot of veggies and starches. Hope you enjoy this recipe and you are welcome. My husband eats a lot too but is very health conscious! Gotta be our 12 years age difference – he has to keep up lol.

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  4. Linda

    I think I like maple syrup about as much as honey. I use honey more for baking, but you have to have maple syrup for pancakes.

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  5. Melissa

    Im going to marinade this tonight for tomorrows dinner. It looks delicious. I got my first Jamie Oliver knife this weekend I saved for the Santoku knife that knife is honestly better than my Henkel. It sliced through potatoes like butter…and my index finger even better!

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    • Olena

      Hi Melissa.Yes, I agree about the knives! I used to love Henckels knives until I got Chicago Cutlery’s knife and it is better than my Henckels santoku knife! Now so far I am VERY impressed with Jamie’s paring knife. It is way sharper than my serrated paring Henckles knife. Love it! I’m now saving for 5″ knife.

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  6. Angela Mitchell

    I love Maple Syrup although not more than honey:) My favourite recipe with Maple Syrup is pork tenderloin.

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    • Olena

      Oh, that sounds good! Do you care to share a recipe? I love pork so much!!! I grew up on real juicy sweet pork but here…I don’t want to eat farmed pork and have a hard time finding humanely raised pork. I miss pork!!!!!!!!

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  7. Jeffrey

    I love them both but have to give the win to honey simply because I have no problem just drinking it out of the bottle and bathing in it!
    Also, I get your email newsletter sent to jefflammers at rocketmail dot com.

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