Maple on chicken? Not a typical combination, but certainly a delicious one. Maple Chicken Breasts put the new pairing front and center, with the golden, pan-seared, and tender chicken coated in a sweet, smoky maple syrup sauce with the peppery essence of turmeric mixed in! It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory, just ready to get stacked atop rice for a wonderful homecooked meal! Maple Chicken Breasts prove that even odd food pairings can create real unified joy!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • rice, optional, to taste, cooked and warm, for serving
  • cilantro leaves, optional, to taste, for garnish
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Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2 –Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 3 –Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.

Step 4 –Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and 1/2 of the pepper.

Step 5 –Add the seasoned chicken to the skillet and sear the chicken until golden on both sides, about 4-5 minutes per side.

Step 6 –In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, the tamari, the garlic, the turmeric, and the remaining black pepper.

Step 7 –Carefully pour the maple sauce over the cooked chicken, tossing to coat.

Step 8 –Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the chicken is tender and a thermometer inserted into the center of the chicken reads at least 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes.

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Step 9 –Serve the maple chicken with the warm rice, garnished with the cilantro.