Maple glazed chicken is a quick and easy main dish that's ready in less than 15 minutes. Thin sliced chicken breasts are sauteed on the stovetop and coated in a flavorful maple garlic sauce.
Everyone needs a handful of quick dinner recipes that can be whipped up in an instant. You'll love this recipe for maple glazed chicken because it's incredibly simple to make and ready in about 15 minutes.
First, thin sliced chicken breasts are lightly seasoned and sauteed on the stovetop. Then, you'll make a simple maple glaze in the same pan. Toss to coat your chicken
Ingredients and substitutions
- Chicken - Purchase thin sliced chicken breasts from the grocery store, or slice thick chicken breasts in half lengthwise for quick cooking on the stovetop.
- Olive oil - Can be substituted your favorite cooking oil you keep on hand.
- Maple syrup - Can be substituted with honey or brown sugar if desired.
- Lemon - If you don't have a lemon on hand, lemon juice can be substituted with apple cider vinegar.
- Seasoning - Salt, pepper, and ground ginger add flavor to the chicken and glaze.
- Garlic - Garlic cloves add the best flavor to the dish. I do not recommend using jarred, pre-minced garlic, which often has a harsh flavor. If needed, two cloves of garlic can be substituted with ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder.
- Cornstarch - Necessary to thicken the glaze.
Tips and tricks
Quick cooking chicken breasts - Don't skip the step of slicing your chicken breasts in half lengthwise before cooking. This helps your chicken cook through quickly on the stovetop. Very thick, large chicken breasts will not cook through in the time listed in the recipe card. Chicken breasts can also be pounded to about ¾ inch thickness using a kitchen mallet.
Use a meat thermometer - I highly recommend using a meat thermometer when cooking meats at home. A meat thermometer guarantees your chicken is perfectly cooked and juicy every time. Once your chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, remove it from the heat and allow it to rest. Amazon: Digital Instant Read Thermometer
Rest your chicken before slicing - Allow the chicken to rest for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, keeping your chicken juicy inside.
Need a complete meal in 15 minutes? Steam some frozen veggies or instant rice in the microwave while your chicken cooks on the stovetop or chop up salad ingredients while your chicken cooks in step two.
What to serve with chicken
Wondering what to serve with maple glazed chicken? Here are a few easy ideas:
- Creamy mashed potatoes
- Roasted potatoes and asparagus
- Garlic parmesan rice
- Creamy asparagus bow tie pasta
- Winter chopped salad
- Savory roasted sweet potatoes
Maple Glazed Chicken
- 16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons water
- Slice chicken breasts in half lengthwise to about 1 inch thickness. Season all sides with salt and pepper.
- In a saute pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When hot, add chicken breasts and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the center. Remove chicken from pan.
- Add remaining olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, cornstarch, garlic, ground ginger, and water. Whisk until cornstarch has dissolved and ingredients are incorporated. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until sauce has thickened slightly.
- Return chicken to pan and toss to coat in sauce. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
- Lemon juice can be substituted with apple cider vinegar.
- This recipe makes just enough sauce to coat your chicken. If you'd like extra sauce to drizzle over vegetables, potatoes, or to use as a salad dressing, I recommend doubling the sauce ingredients.