Sweet and Smoky Maple Chicken

This sweet and smoky (and very simple) marinaded chicken gets a BBQ type flavour from the marinade, but is cooked in the oven and finished in a griddle pan on the hob.

We love the sweet flavour of the maple, and along with the smoked paprika, this tastes as good as any BBQ. You can also try this on pork and cooked in the same fashion.

Awesome weekend food!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Marinade Time: 30 mins – 3 hours

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2  tablespoons garlic infused olive oil
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
  • 4 chicken joints, legs things or a mixture – skin on

Method:

  1. Mix together everything but the chicken in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Slash/score the chicken through the skin and the meat, not all the way through or to the bone, but just enough to let the marinade get further in.  Add the chicken to the marinade and give it at least an hour, ideally let it sit for 3-4 hours.
  3. When you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 180 degrees C, and when hot, place the chicken in a ceramic dish, well spaced, on the top shelf for about 25 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and piping hot.
  4. Remove from the oven, and heat a griddle pan over a high heat, adding the chicken when it gets hot.  Keep the chicken moving, you don’t want it to stick or burn, but are looking to char the edges and skin slightly.  This should take about 10 minutes.
  5. For the true British BBQ vibe, invite in some wasps to hover by your ear, looming clouds and a paddling pool filled with freezing water.    Or you could serve this with some good coleslaw, sweet potato wedges and a big salad.

Recipe taken from Family Fork by Louise

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