Maple-Mustard Chicken

  • Yield: servings


1 1/2pounds bone in chicken thighs, skin removed
1/2cup all purpose flour
1teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon ground black pepper
1tablespoon olive oil
1cup chopped white onion
1/4cup stone ground mustard
1/4cup pure maple syrup
3/4cup chicken stock
1quart chicken stock
1cup polenta (medium grind yellow cornmeal)
1teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon white pepper
3tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2cup dried cranberries
1/2cup walnut pieces, lightly toasted*
2tablespoons snipped fresh chives


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Trim any excess fat from the skinless chicken thighs.

Place the flour, salt, and black pepper in a gallon-sized zipper plastic bag. Shake to mix. Add the chicken thighs and shake until lightly coated. Discard any excess flour mixture.

In a 12-inch oven-safe skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until it just starts to soften. Add the chicken thighs and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until just starting to brown. Add the mustard, maple syrup, and chicken stock to the pan, and stir briefly to mix. Place the pan in the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve the chicken family-style on the bed of polenta (recipe follows), pouring the pan sauce over the top. Sprinkle the walnuts and chives over the chicken and polenta before serving. Serves 4 to 6 people.

In a 5-quart Dutch oven or pot bring the chicken stock to a low boil. Gradually add the polenta, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring frequently, and adding the salt and pepper during the first ten minutes of cooking time. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and dried cranberries. If you are preparing the polenta before the chicken, cover the pot to keep it warm, and stir occasionally to prevent clumping. Additional warmed chicken stock may be added if the polenta seems too thick. * To toast walnuts, place them in a 12-inch skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until they just start to smell toasty; about 3-4 minutes.