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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Maple Balsamic Chicken (You need to make this recipe!)

It’s been many years since I declared my undying love for real maple syrup, so I think we should revisit the topic! Before I met Nate, I had only ever eaten fake maple syrup – you know, of the Log Cabin and Aunt Jemima variety. Then I married a boy from New Hampshire and everything changed.

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Truly, I haven’t bought a bottle of the fake stuff since we got married. Even in the early years when we had negative money in the bank account, we still found a way to get our hands on pure maple syrup. Good chocolate and good maple syrup are top priorities in my kitchen!

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Anna and Cate’s former preschool teacher Miss Ferneyn once gave me a photocopy of a maple balsamic chicken recipe she found in a cookbook or magazine. (Miss Ferneyn and Miss Erika were always giving me great recipes and they have made appearances on the blog before. I sure miss those ladies, and not just for their good food!) I made the recipe and it was AMAZING. And then I lost the photocopied page and haven’t been able to find it no matter how hard I look.  I pestered Miss Ferneyn a few times and she can’t find the recipe either! I finally bit the bullet and tried to figure out the recipe on my own. and we had success! Welcome back to my life, beautiful recipe.

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I made this chicken for my family in New Jersey and everyone raved. My sister-in-law has already made it for guests. It’s really really really really really good. Are you convinced yet?

Maple Balsamic Chicken (You need to make this recipe!)
From Jane Maynard, inspired by a recipe buried in my kitchen somewhere
Recipe type: Main Dish, Poultry
  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – cut into thirds width-wise, then halved height-wise
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup real maple syrup
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided in half
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 5 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ of an onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • olive oil
  1. Mix flour, ½ tsp salt and the pepper in a plastic bag. Pound chicken nice and flat then toss in the flour mixture.
  2. Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in large pan over medium to medium-high heat. Brown chicken in oil then set aside on a plate.
  3. Put onions in the pan and sautée over medium heat until translucent, adding a bit of oil to the pan if needed. Add garlic and mushrooms, and cook until the mushrooms are cooked and liquid has evaporated. Add broth, syrup, vinegar, ½ tsp salt and browned chicken. Bring sauce to a simmer then reduce heat to medium-low, so sauce is still simmering. Cook about 10 minutes until chicken is fully cooked through. Salt and pepper to taste and serve with pasta or mashed potatoes.


To see other yummy maple syrup recipes, visit the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers ‘Recipe of the Month’ Page. This post was not sponsored, but my recipe will be featured on their site. I’m happy I can help spread the maple syrup love!


  1. 1

    Okay, I was lucky enough to be there when Jane served this up. It’s knock-your-socks-off good! My son even asked for seconds. Which NEVER happens. I’m changing the name in recipe archive to Magic Chicken.

  2. 2

    This sounds amazing! I’m definitely making it. Thinking it would also make a great marinade for grilled salmon.

  3. 3

    I’m totally adding this to my “to make” list. Thanks! 🙂

    Question… can I use homemade maple syrup and have it still taste as good? I grew up on homemade syrup so I also hate the store bought kind, but I’m actually not sure I’ve ever had “real” maple syrup before. Yikes! Where would I even buy some? (I live in California)

    • Jane Maynard

      hi carolina! sorry I missed this question!

      I have no idea how the homemade syrup would do with the recipe. what goes into the homemade version?

      you can get “real” maple syrup pretty much anywhere! the grocery stores have it. it’s less expensive at Trader Joe’s and Costco. I LOVE IT! 🙂

  4. 4
    Barbara A.Baker

    Hey, Missy,

    I am definitely going to try this recipe; maybe even this week. thank you!!


  5. sounds wonderful! on my to-try list 🙂

  6. 6

    This is soooo good. The hubs even said “Where’d you get this recipe?”

  7. 7
    Diane Balch

    Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being included today in a collection of maple syrup recipes. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week also.

  8. 8

    I made this recipe and it is amazing! Only thing I added was brocoli but otherwise followed it to the letter! I know this is years later but it lives on 😀

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