Maple-Mustard Chicken Breast
This simple maple-mustard chicken breast is super flavorful and perfect on top of a fresh salad with all your favorite veggies.
Everybody LOVES chicken. As much I as try to get a variety of proteins in my diet (HELLO grass-fed beef and wild caught seafood) I have to admit chicken is one of my favorites. It's just so versatile. From soups, stir-frys, salads, to casseroles, there's pretty much nothing chicken can't do. Oh, and chicken wings. I cannot forget about chicken wings. So good.
Chicken breast, in particular, takes minimal time to cook, which makes it a great choice for a quick weeknight meal. One of my favorite things to do with chicken breast is to season it using a flavorful marinade, sauté, and then serve it on top of a fresh salad. I love salads all year long, but now that it's starting to warm up, I know this combo will be in heavy rotation. There's just something about a fresh salad with warm chicken that is so satisfying.
This Maple-Mustard Chicken Breast recipe kind of happened on accident - but, let's be honest - some of the best recipes are created like that. I was going for a Greek marinated chicken (a recipe for that will be coming soon) but couldn't leave well enough alone, and decided to throw some mustard, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar into the mix as well. It ended up pretty tasty, so of course I decided to blog it just for youuuu! Sharing is caring, my friends.
As always, this recipe is simple and uses minimal ingredients - which is pretty much all of my recipes because that's just how I cook. Which brings me to another point that I want to scream from the mountain tops - cooking delicious, healthy food DOES NOT have to be complicated! If you're just beginning to test the waters in the kitchen, keep the spices and methods simple at first. Build a good foundation and then try experimenting with different flavors and techniques.
Oh, and your meals don't always have to be pretty either. This is kinda sorta a food blog so I guess I have to give y'all decent food pics and what not, but please believe me, making "pretty" plates really is not one of my hidden talents. I'm more of a pile it all on the plate kinda girl by nature. But here's my point - keep it simple, don't over complicate things, experiment, and remember to have FUN in the kitchen!
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Maple Mustard Chicken Breast
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Maple Mustard Marinade:
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Place all of the marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
- Cut any thick chicken breast in half lengthwise. This will make sure they cook quickly and more evenly.
- Add the chicken breast to the marinade and toss to make sure the chicken is coated well.
- Place the chicken in the fridge and let it marinade for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
- When the chicken is done marinading heat a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
- Once the skillet is hot, add your chicken. Cook each side for 5-6 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken. (You'll probably have to cook the chicken in batches, depending on the size of your skillet. I had to cook mine in 2 batches.)
- Remove the chicken from the skillet and let it rest for a few minutes.
- Slice and enjoy with a fresh salad or any of your favorite sides. Roasted potatoes or seasoned rice would pair wonderfully with this!