Maple-Roasted Chicken Breasts
Cuisine: Canadian
Prep time: 6 hours 15 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 6 hours 50 mins
Maple syrup and malt vinegar make a tasty marinade for ho-hum chicken. This easy recipe can be started in the morning and will be ready to cook by the time you get back from work.
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1½ cups B-grade pure maple syrup*, divided
  • 1 head garlic
  • ⅓ cup + 3 tablespoons malt vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  1. Place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish. Pour 1 cup of the maple syrup overtop. Peel all the garlic cloves, crush them under the flat side of a knife, and add all but 2 cloves to the chicken. Add ½ cup of the malt vinegar, toss the chicken to coat, and marinate for 1 to 6 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a roasting pan.
  3. Place the chicken breasts in the roasting pan, shaking off any excess syrup, and season. Roast, uncovered for about 25 minutes, until an internal temperature of 180°F is reached. Let the chicken rest 10 minutes.
  4. To serve, heat the remaining ½ cup maple syrup, 3 tbsp of malt vinegar, and 2 cloves of garlic. Simmer for 3 minutes, remove the garlic, and keep the syrup warm. Slice the chicken breast into 3 pieces on an angle and plate. Spoon warm syrup over and serve.
B-grade maple syrup is a dark, slightly stronger-tasting syrup used for cooking because of its full body. If B-grade isn't available, marinate the chicken in 1 cup of A-grade, but for the sauce use ⅔ cup of A-grade and simmer for 10 minutes (instead of 3) to reduce it and concentrate the taste.

Recipe excerpt published with permission from Fresh with Anna Olson
Seasonally Inspired Recipes to Share with Friends and Family
by Anna Olson. Published by Whitecap Books, ©2009.
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