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Maple Dijon Sheet Pan Chicken

I made this recipe for dinner last night and am just saying that it was pretty amazing. Delicious and nutritious. Very easy to prepare especially if you buy pre-cut butternut squash. Brussels hold up to the high heat and Butternut Squash just caramelizes and softens up beautifully.

This recipe says Fall and it’s so easy to purchase , prepare and serve.

Happy Halloween to all of you out there.

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Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard –

3 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup–whenever you can use Pure

2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce — reduced sodium is fine here and I almost always use reduced sodium

6 large Bone – in Chicken Thighs — or 8 small ones

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

app. 12 oz . Brussels Sprouts, trimmed and halved–a little more or less is fine

app. 12 oz. Butternut Squash cut into cubes — I probably used 16 oz. and it’s fine

app. 8 sprigs of fresh thyme

app. 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a large rimmed sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside

In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp. Mustard, 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup and 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

Pat and Dry Chicken Thighs and sprinkle generously with Kosher Salt and Freshly ground Black Pepper on both sides and then arrange chicken on prepared baking sheet

In a large bowl, combine the Brussels and the Butternut, thyme, olive oil and about 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher Salt and a few grinds of the pepper mill and toss well with a large spoon till all vegetables have a nice glaze over them. Arrange the vegetables on the baking sheet around the chicken. Pour the Maple-Dijon-Soy sauce over the chicken , turning to coat the chicken completely and pour remaining sauce over the vegetables ( I place Brussels halved side down– I like the way they cook up this way) I use a silicone pastry brush to brush chicken — it’s a great kitchen tool and goes into the dishwasher.

Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, app. 40 minutes.

In a small bowl whisk together the remaining 1 Tablespoon Mustard and 1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup

After 40 minutes I poured this mixture over the chicken and placed under the broiler for another minute or so. If you don’t want to broil just put back in the oven and place oven rack a little closer to heat for another 5 minutes or so. All ovens differ and I like the skin crispy. Chicken is cooked through when inner temp. is 165 degrees.

I served over Rice Pilaf and it was perfection on a plate and prep to table in about an hour.

 

 

 

Baked Chicken Caprese

After 2 weeks of being out of my kitchen and constantly eating out it was time for a homemade meal. Don’t get me wrong I love to eat out as much as the next one but sometimes we all just yearn for a home cooked meal eaten at home. I sort of threw this together and I have to say this meal came out delicious. I served over zucchini noodles (zoodles) and some sliced roasted fingerling potatoes. Feel free to use pasta and since the sauce is so delicate and light I would use an angel hair type of pasta.

This was a lightened up version of a Chicken Parmigiana and it satisfied my yen for Chicken Parmigiana but much lighter than the usual fare.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

3-4 Chicken Breasts — I used 4 Thinly sliced Chicken Breasts

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

3/4 Teaspoon dried Basil

3/4 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 -2 Cups Fresh Tomatoes– I used Campari Tomatoes and sliced in 1/2 I preferred a larger tomato here since they really break down and make a sauce from the heat . If you can’t find Campari Tomatoesuse 2 pints of grape tomatoes and slice in half.

1/3 cup Red Onion — diced

3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1 – 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella– if you’d like you can also use Fresh Mozzarella –sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place Chicken Breasts in a large baking dish or cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with Olive Oil, basil, oregano, garlic powder , salt and pepper

Place halved tomatoes and diced red onion all around the chicken

Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar and brown sugar

Bake for 18-29-0 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. I did app. 18 minutes

After chicken is cooked through (peek at it with a little slice )sprinkle with the cheese

Set oven to broil and place baking pan on the top rack. Broil for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted .

I served with Zucchini noodles and roasted fingerling potatoes.

Delicious!!!