Pounding chicken breast halves ensures they'll cook quickly and evenly. Serve with side of orange-scented couscous to bring out the orange flavors in the sauce.
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
6 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
How to Make It
Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound each to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan.
Reduce heat to medium. Add onion to pan; cook 1 minute. Add syrup and remaining ingredients; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Serve sauce with chicken.
I was afraid to try this after reading so many bad reviews, but needed to use up the ingredients so I gave it a shot. We were delighted by the flavor of the sauce! The orange peel complimented it nicely and was a perfect winter dish. I followed a reviewer's lead and added a little juice from the orange which deglazed nicely in the pan. The sauce was thick and flavorful without any flavor overpowering it. This simple but elegant dish will become part of the rotation!
Delicious and different. Easy is good! As other reviewers, I cut down maple syrup and used 1/4 c. each syrup and mustard. Then I expanded the sauce with some chicken stock (1/4 c.). If you make this with pork chops, brown as explained then put chops in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes to finish. Freezes well.
A delicious chicken recipe; something I would serve to guest. I do not like anything too sweet, so I did halve the maple syrup amount ( thanks for the heads up from previous reviewers) and I also had to add more water to get consistency to my preference, after those minor changes, it was perfect for my taste. Served with suggested brown rice and also added some steamed broccoli; great meal.