Chicken thighs are not a cut I usually use for cooking, but there are so many great-looking recipes out there, including this Maple-Balsamic Chicken. After a little manipulating, I pared down the ingredients to make it a dish for two.
I’ve not made this kind of sauce before, but it looked very interesting with the maple, balsamic, and peanut butter! Wait, peanut butter…what? It’s used to thicken the sauce as well as gives it a nice, almost Thai slant. It was delicious!
My mistake on this dish was to get bone-in thighs and I had to remove the bone. Ick. It wasn’t fun and the poor thighs looked a little more ragged than they were supposed to be. It was less expensive, but I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble. Next time I’ll buy skinned, already boned thighs. Definitely.
Oh, and just a side note. In Texas, thick dark Log Cabin syrup is considered pancake syrup, but apparently the rest of the world prefers maple syrup. Maple-Balsamic Chicken calls for maple syrup, so I bit the bullet and bought some (it’s more expensive than my Texas syrup, by the way). After tasting it I can see why people like it on their pancakes but, although I may be a Texas syrup to maple syrup convert, you’ll never pry that Texas Whataburger out of my chubby little hands.
- 4 skinned , boned chicken thighs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 7 oz chicken broth
- 2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp ground red pepper or red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
Sprinkle the chicken evenly on both sides with the salt, paprika, and thyme. Cook chicken in hot olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Stir in chicken broth, syrup, vinegar, black pepper and red pepper, and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to low, cover the skillet and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove chicken and keep warm.
Whisk the peanut butter into the skillet liquid and simmer over medium heat, uncovered, for about 5 minutes until sauce is thickened a bit. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve.