22.8.13

Nigella's Maple Chicken

Maple Chicken was the first Nigella Lawson recipe that i tried and immediately fell in love with. It was a breeze to pull off and it tasted restaurant-­good. yes. it was that good. juicy, succulent and delicious ! I was more than delighted with it. however my husband did not share my enthusiasm. the thing is, true to his nature, ignoring all my warnings, he reheated his dish in the microwave just before digging in. and that spoilt it all. it dried off the chicken and him sad and grumpy... so in case you decide on this recipe (and you must)... be warned right now.. do not reheat it in the microwave. bake it, serve it and dig into it right away and relish the awesomeness of this chicken dish...


before i share the recipe let me mention the changes that i made. the original recipe from Nigella Lawson Express was Maple Chicken and Ribs. since i do not eat pork or beef so i left it out and halved the remaining ingredients. also i used boneless chicken since that is what i had in hand. also i sprinkled some sea salt over the chicken just before i put the skillet in the oven. i kind of liked the added salt but you can skip it if you like....

now the recipe...

Nigella's Maple Chicken
Recipe Source: Nigella Lawson Express
 ingredients

  • 1/2 boneless chicken cut into 8 pieces
  • 125 ml apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick (halved)
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • sea salt to taste (optional)
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  the method

  • Put the chicken pieces in a freezer bag or a dish.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl, crushing in the star anise and cinnamon sticks into it. then add this mixture to the freezer bag/dish, seal/cover it and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight or up to 2 days.(I left it for 2 days).
  • when ready to cook, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, pour the contents of the freezer bag/dish into a large enough oven dish or an iron skillet (as i did), sprinkle some salt on it and bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. then reducing the oven temperature to 400 degrees F, bake for another 15 minutes, until the glossy and sticky.
  • serve immediately and enjoy !

I am linking this post to the event Cook like a Star, organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Anuja from Simple Baking


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30 comments:

  1. Hi Tanusree,

    After seeing Grace and you cooking these maple chicken, I have printed out this recipe and wish to cook these soon!

    Zoe

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    1. I am sure you'll love it too. It is one good recipe !

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    1. :-) do try it. it is a wonderful recipe !

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  3. Hi Tanusree, this look delicious! My version was with ribs and I really love it! Shall try it with chicken the next time!

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    1. Just visited your blog. your version looks gorgeous !

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  4. This looks scrumptious! Yours is the third submission with this recipe and all three versions of different meats looks so good. Bookmarking this to try!
    Thank you for linking!

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    1. Oh you should definitely try it. It is so good !

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  5. Oh man, this sounds so delicious! I adore Nigella Lawson (especially her Spanish chicken with chorizo and oranges). I've never used star anise before but this looks like the perfect way to give it a try.

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    1. This was the first time i tried anise star in chicken and was delighted. this is certainly a good place to start. I haven't tried her Spanish chicken. perhaps this weekend :-)

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  6. This looks so good! Quick question though. It is skinless or skin on chicken? I am assuming it is skin on.

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    1. Hi Maureen, the original recipe uses chicken with bones and skin. but mine was boneless and skinless.

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  7. This sounds delicious!!! I absolutely love Nigella Lawson, every single recipe of her's that I've made has turned out delicious, so I'll have to give this a try too! Thanks for sharing, it sounds fabulous!!!

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    1. I know... all her recipes are so good.

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  8. I have never cooked her food but this looks great. thanks for stopping by Friday food frenzy today.

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    1. You should try her recipes sometime. they are really good.

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  9. They look so succulent & inviting.. Yumm !

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  10. <3 Nigella! I haven't tried this recipe though so thanks for sharing it, I'll give it a go :)

    I found your blog via the Hearth & Soul Hop this week.

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    1. I am cooking a lot from Nigella Lawson Express lately and loving it. great recipes !

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  11. Wow, that looks so good! I found you on Friday Food Frenzy.

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  12. Perfect timing on this recipe.. the weather is getting cool here occasionally and I love Autumn and it's seasonings. Pinning this thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday. Missed your recipes the last few weeks.

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    1. I have been a bit irregular lately. Not managing my time well :-(
      Hope you like this chicken. I really enjoyed it.

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  13. This Maple Chicken will just melt in your mouth! Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  14. I cannot resist anything with a touch of sweetness to it, so your recipe immediately caught my eye!

    Thanks for sharing this at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.

    You will be one of my featured guests this week! :-)

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  15. It looks delicious! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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Thanks for stopping by. It was nice having you here. Have a good day.

Take care and come back soon.
Best, Tanusree

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