I literally opened up my cupboard and thought…hmm what sounds good? And dumped it in. If you’re not sure, smell your spice and think “would this go good with maple syrup?
Also, a note about maple syrup: it does matter what kind you buy. Go with the REAL maple syrup. It is a small investment, but the fake stuff just will not work here (if you ask me it should be banished from the face of the earth…but no one asks me so…I guess that’s why I have a blog! hehe)
I did base this off a recipe from my new favorite crazy haired boisterous tv chef, Anne Burrell. Check her out on Food Network, she’s a hoot.
1 whole chicken, about 3 pounds, cut in half or into 4 pieces (leg and thigh stay together, breasts separated, wings…get put in my freezer and the next time I make soup or stock you’ll hear about the role they play, but not used here) I leave bones in and skin on.
olive oil for brushing the chicken
salt and pepper
1 cup real maple syrup, grade A is okay, but grade B is probably better (go figure out that one for me, will ya?)
2 teaspoons Cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon spicy paprika
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cinnamon
+ whatever else you think looks good! this sauce can go more spicy or sweet depending your tastes!
1.Preheat your oven to 400°, place a sturdy baking sheet lined with parchment paper nearby
2.Cut up your chicken and place it on the sheet, brush with oil and season with salt and pepper (both sides)
3.Roast, about 15-20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, mix up your sauce. In a small sauce pan combine all your ingredients and cook over low-medium low until it is reduced, thickened and even more syrupy! Stir so the sugars don’t get burned.
5. After roasting 20 minutes, brush top and bottom of chicken pieces with the glaze. Then roast 10 more minutes basting every couple minutes. The chicken will get darker as all the sugars caramelize (did I ever tell you my favorite color is golden brown?) but do be careful, my oven got smoky from all the juice and sauce that was on the pan. If your chicken starts to get too brown before it is done, put a piece of foil over it and continue. Your kitchen will smell amazing!
This chicken goes great with the Sweet Potato, Apple and Onion hash!