Baked Maple Dijon Chicken

Looking for a quick and flavorful way to cook chicken breasts? This Baked Maple Dijon Chicken Breast recipe is perfect for any night of the week. Plus, we’re sharing our best tips for cooking chicken breasts in the oven.

Maple dijon chicken with mashed potatoes.Maple Mustard Chicken Recipe

These perfectly cooked Maple Dijon Chicken Breasts are your answer to a quick and delicious weeknight dinner. The chicken is pounded out to an even thickness and topped with a creamy maple dijon sauce and then baked to perfection. And we’re sharing all the tips we have to make sure you get the juiciest chicken possible! Serve this along side sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, cauliflower rice or on top of a big salad and dinner is served!

Ingredients Needed

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Maple Syrup
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh Thyme

Maple mustard chicken in oven dish.

How to Make Perfect Juicy Baked Chicken

The secret to getting juicy and flavorful chicken is ultimately about not overcooking it. That is the single most important step of cooking chicken breasts, which are lower in fat than their dark meat counterparts. 

A small step you can take that goes a long way to making perfect chicken is to pound out the meat to an even thickness with a meat mallet (or a rolling pin). This ensures the chicken is perfectly cooked throughout, instead of having some parts of the chicken overcooked because they are thinner.

In addition, if you had the extra time on your hands you could prepare the chicken breasts with the maple dijon sauce ahead of time to let the meat marinate. This isn’t essential, but it does bump up the flavor a bit. You could do as little time as 30 minutes or even overnight.

Lastly, and the most important step is to remove the chicken just before it has finished cooking. As all meat does, the chicken will continue to cook after it has been removed from the oven. We always suggest using an instant-read thermometer to check the temperature of meat, and chicken breast should be removed from the oven between 155º-160º. Once the chicken has been pulled out, cover the pan with aluminum foil and allow the chicken to rests. This let’s the chicken finish cooking to 165º and lets the chicken rest so all the juices stay within the chicken breast.

Slicing Maple Mustard Chicken.

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What to Serve with Baked Maple Chicken

Serve this maple dijon chicken up with your favorite sides. Here are some of ours:

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Baked Maple Dijon Chicken Breast

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:30 Inactive Time 00:05 Total Time 00:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Whisk together dijon mustard, maple syrup, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
  3. Place chicken breasts on a steady surface between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap. Using the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound each to an even thickness of 1”. Season chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Place chicken inside a 9x13” baking dish. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook until the chicken is nearly finished cooking through, to 160ºF, about 30-35 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the oven and loosely cover the chicken with aluminum foil to let it rest for 5-10 minutes while it finishes cooking.
  6. Slice and serve with your favorite sides.
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Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken

Ready for the juiciest chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale in sweet balsamic glaze for dinner without even turning on the stove? Then this Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken is just what you need to make tonight! This dish is perfect for those hot steamy summer nights (or cool, lazy fall or winter ones) when you want to eat a home cooked meal but don’t want to heat up the house. It’s also gluten-free, paleo, low carb and whole30 friendly. Made in partnership with my friends at Shenandoah Valley Organic (SVO Farmer Focus)!

balsamic chicken instant pot meal on a platterInstant Pot Balsamic Chicken Dinner

This Balsamic Chicken Dinner recipe made in the Instant Pot doesn’t require a whole lot of actual hands-on cooking and the resulting dish is just SO delicious! Juicy chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale all covered in a savory and sweet balsamic glaze! This meal is perfect served as is for one of those hot steamy summer nights when you want a delicious dinner but do not want to turn on that oven or stove!

Why Cooking Dinner in the Instant Pot is the Best

We could sing praises all day about about why we love the Instant Pot, especially for easy dinners! This appliance isn’t just for making quick work of typically long braised dishes like beef barbacoa or pork carnitas. It’s also great for quick weeknight dinners that don’t actually require much hands-on cooking. This Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken dish is great for all of that. The recipe doesn’t require very much prep work aside from gathering some ingredients and washing off some produce. All that means an easy delicious meal without much effort.

A few notes to make this meal a success in the Instant Pot

  • Make sure to get the right size potatoes.
  • Don’t stack the chicken on top of one another when cooking, it can interfere with the chicken breasts cooking all the way through.
  • Make sure to read the directions all the way before you begin cooking so you can have anything prepped that you need to make cooking go smoothly.

How to Clean Kale

Kale, especially when it comes from the farm can be pretty gritty. To wash it:

  1. Take the hard part of the stems off of the kale. We usually just rip the leaf off the stem, but if you want you could cut it.
  2. Fill a large bowl with cool water.
  3. Submerge the kale leaves and swish around for 10 seconds.
  4. Let the kale sit for 1 minute in the cool water to let any grit sink to the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Without agitating the water too much, quickly pick up the kale directly out of the water, leaving behind any sand or dirt.
  6. Empty the water and rinse out the bowl and repeat this until step until the water is clear after you remove the kale.

What Size Potatoes to Use

Because we’re cooking this dinner up in the Instant Pot, it’s important to get the correct size potatoes. For this recipe we’re using a medley of small (or baby) potatoes, that are all about 1″ in size. If you are getting potatoes that are larger than this they may not cook up in the same amount of time if left whole. If you can’t find 1″ potatoes, you can cut up a potato to 1″ pieces.

boneless chicken breasts for instant pot recipes

I am so happy to partner with my friends at SVO Farmer Focus to bring you this Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken recipe! Shenandoah Valley Organic (SVO) has been my go-to trusted, farmer focus, meat company for a few years now. SVO Farmer Focus prides themselves in producing the highest quality chickens grown on family-owned farms. You can 100% taste the difference.

If you are like me, choosing organic meat for my family that I can trust, that doesn’t have any added antibiotics or hormones is a top priority. It can be frustrating to go to the grocery store these days and *think* that you are picking up chicken that comes from an all-natural sounding brand that does things right, but then unfortunately if you look further into who owns that chicken company, you might be surprised to find out that it’s just the giant chicken manufacturer in this country. 

Shenandoah Valley Organic is building partnerships with growers through a Farmer Focus Business Model

I love that with SVO Farmer Focus, you know that they are supporting their farmers and they are a company that is working hard to do things right. But not only that, they also truly raise and produce the highest quality chicken! Every SVO Farmer Focus product includes a 4-letter farm I.D. that traces your chicken to the farm that raised it, so you know it’s trusted and they are accountable.

SVO chickens are humanely raised and fed a diet free from animal byproducts, pesticides, and antibiotics. On their website you can see where all of the farms are located, so you know just where your chicken was raised! Use their easy store locator to find where you can get this amazing quality chicken near you.

complete instant pot chicken dinner

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Balsamic Chicken in the Instant Pot

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:10 Inactive Time 00:15 Total Time 00:30 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place chicken breasts, balsamic vinegar, chicken stock, olive oil, italian seasoning, salt, pepper and potatoes in the liner of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot. Mix together to combine and make sure that the chicken is not stacked on top of each other. Close the lid and set vent to sealing.
  2. Cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes and once done use the quick release function. Remove chicken and potatoes and cover to keep warm and set aside.
  3. Add onion and kale to the pot. Close the lid and set to sealing and cook on manual high pressure for 3 minutes. Use the quick release function when done.
  4. Slice the chicken and divide on four plates along with potatoes and kale.
  5. If desired, you can thicken up the sauce at this point: Press the saute function. Add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot to a small bowl and scoop out some of the balsamic liquid and whisk it with the arrowroot to create a slurry. Return it to the pot and let cook until it has thickened, about 1 minute. Drizzle over the chicken and potatoes and serve hot!

Recipe Notes

  1. You do not need to thicken this sauce up, this step can be skipped and the sauce served as is. But if you prefer to have a thick sauce to coat you can use the arrowroot option. The amount of arrowroot you need will vary depending on how much liquid remains in the pot at the end (this varies). If 1 teaspoon is not enough you can add 1 teaspoon at a time as instructed until it's reached your desired consistency.
  2. If your chicken has cooled too quickly in between steps, place back in the pot when thickening up the sauce to warm up briefly.
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Paleo Orange Chicken

This easy-to-make Paleo Orange Chicken is simple, flavorful and perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’ll be loved by both kids and adults alike and it just so happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!

Healthy orange chicken in a bowl with garnishHealthy Orange Chicken Recipe

It’s almost hard to believe that this healthy and flavorful orange chicken recipe only takes about 20 minutes to get on the table, but it’s true! The paleo orange chicken has simple ingredients and simple instructions and your whole family will love it! Serve it with your favorite side, but we suggest cauliflower rice and if you’re feeling like you need some extra veggies in your life some green beans or broccoli would fit right in here.

We love this orange chicken because it’s one of those magical recipes that is so easily made paleo and with other dietary restrictions in mind by simply using real whole ingredients. Fresh orange juice as the main player in this dish, giving it a bright, bold flavor. The chicken is coated in arrowroot starch which helps make it crispy after it’s quickly pan seared and it also helps thicken the sauce to keep it gluten-free.

Here is what’s in it:

  • chicken breast (or thighs)
  • arrowroot starch
  • Salt and pepper
  • oil
  • fresh orange juice
  • orange zest
  • rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • fish sauce
  • honey
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • sesame oil
  • Pinch red pepper flakes

Paleo orange chicken with cauliflower rice on a plate

What can you serve with this Paleo Orange Chicken?

We served ours with cauliflower rice, but it would also go well with:

  • white rice
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • steamed broccoli
  • cooked green beans
  • steamed cauliflower
  • roasted spaghetti squash

Bowl of quick orange chicken

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Paleo Orange Chicken

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 00:20 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut chicken into 1" pieces and place inside of a large bowl with arrowroot and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat the chicken fully.
  2. Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet. Once hot, brown chicken on both sides, in batches if necessary, for 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Remove chicken and set aside. To the pan add the remainder of the ingredients (except sesame seeds and cauliflower rice). Increase heat and bring the mixture to a boil, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Once the sauce has boiled and thickened up, add back the chicken and cook through until hot, about 1 more minute.
  4. Serve chicken immediately with sauce from the skillet over cauliflower rice.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs here!
  2. If you don't have rice wine vinegar on hand, you can substitute apple cider vinegar.
  3. So many of you are already making this, but have been asking: What can you substitute for fish sauce? It is optional. Fish sauce is just an extra flavor booster that enhances the overall depth of the dish. But if you don't have it and don't want to buy it, skip it! The dish will still be lovely!
  4. For Whole30 you can omit the honey!
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Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken

This Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken is comfort food turned easy weeknight dinner! This optionally dairy-free dish is so creamy and tastes just like spinach artichoke dip but with fresh healthy ingredients served for dinner!  This dish is Paleo, Keto and Whole30 friendly and so delicious!

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken

Another easy weeknight dinner coming your way! And if you are a fan of spinach artichoke dip (but…who isn’t?) then you’re going to love this one. We took all the flavors of that classic dip and updated to create a healthy nutrient-dense dinner that is so creamy and delicious without any actual cream! Ok…we did include a note about how to use cream if you prefer to keep this nut-free. So you decide which version works better for you!

Ingredients Needed:

  • chicken breast (or chicken tenders)
  • oil
  • onion
  • garlic
  • chicken stock
  • canned artichoke quarters
  • cashew cream (see this post on how to make)
  • nutritional yeast (optional, for dairy-free “cheesy” taste)
  • lemon juice
  • spinach
  • salt and pepper

If you want to keep this nut-free and tolerate dairy substitute heavy cream for cashew cream and parmesan cheese for nutritional yeast. Either way, it’s going to be good!

Why do we use cashew cream in this recipe?

We love using cashew cream as a dairy-free alternative to make things CREAMY! Unlike coconut cream or coconut milk that can often leave a taste, cashew cream makes things instantly creamy, without any coconut taste! It’s totally dairy-free, and delicious. You can use it in savory or sweet dishes. But even without the health benefits, cashew cream is just totally delicious.

What to serve with Spinach and Artichoke Chicken:

There are so many options to serve this delicious dish with. Try:

If you like this simple weeknight chicken dinner, check out these other favorites:

  • Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Paleo & Keto)
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Roasted Chicken Dinner
  • Sheet Pan Curry Chicken and Vegetables

    Spinach and Artichoke Chicken

    Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:25 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:25 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    • 1-½ pound chicken breast, diced into 1” x 3” pieces (or chicken tenders)
    • 2 teaspoons avocado oil (if needed)
    • 1 onion, sliced thin
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1-½  cup chicken stock
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 15 ounce can artichoke quarters, drained and chopped roughly
    • 1/2 cup cashew cream (see this post on how to make)
    • 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional, for dairy-free “cheesy” taste)
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 2 cup spinach
    • Green onions, sliced thinly, for garnish
    • For serving: cauliflower rice, pasta, rice, spaghetti squash

    Directions

    1. Heat oil a large saute pan over medium heat. When hot cook chicken, in batches if necessary, and cook on each side until lightly browned and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
    2. Add 2 teaspoons oil if the pan is dry.  Add onion and garlic, and lower heat to medium low and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add in chicken stock, salt and pepper and artichokes and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan and bring up to a boil. 
    4. Reduce heat to medium low and stir in cashew cream, nutritional yeast and lemon juice until smooth.
    5. Add spinach, and return chicken to pan and continue to cook until the spinach has wilted and everything is combined. If your sauce is too thick, add a bit more chicken stock to thin it out.
    6. Serve immediately with either cauliflower rice, pasta, rice, spaghetti squash!

    Recipe Notes

    1. Want to make this nut free and tolerate dairy? Make with heavy cream and ⅓ cup grated parmesan
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