Monday, 22 Oct 2018

Sheet Pan Maple Curry Chicken Recipe – fANNEtastic food | Registered Dietitian Blog

sheet pan recipe using maple syrup

Cozy up with this sweet and spicy sheet pan maple curry chicken and veggies! This simple one-pan recipe will be your new weeknight go-to. Thank you to Coombs Family Farms organic maple syrup for sponsoring this post. 

maple curry sheet pan chicken thighs

Raise your hand if you’re obsessed with sheet pan recipes. Yep, me too! They’re just so easy and versatile –  and I love that there is only one pan to wash when dinner is ready. (Pssst: if you missed it, be sure to check out my simple mix and match sheet pan dinner recipe formula post!) I figured now that it’s September, a cozy and easy one-pan meal like this would be a welcome addition to the hectic weeknight routine. You can chop the veggies in advance to make this meal even faster to throw together when it’s go-time, too!

maple curry sheet pan dinner recipe

The big highlight of this dinner is the sauce – it’s a really flavorful sweet and spicy combination thanks to organic maple syrup, olive oil, ginger, and curry powder. I love using maple syrup in sheet pan sauces (see also our old fave Sheet Pan Asian Salmon with Veggies) – it adds a lovely depth of flavor and touch of sweetness to the mix without being overpowering.

This recipe features Coombs Family Farms organic maple syrup; they source their maple from over 3,000 small family farms across the Northeast. In addition to advocating for and supporting the little guys by helping bring their maple to market, they also provide competitive pay up front and offer resources like equipment exchanges, conferences, and sugarmaking education. By purchasing their syrup, you can help these independent farmers and rural farming communities continue to thrive for generations. Here’s a link to find their products near you!


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sheet pan recipe using maple syrup

Sidenote – did you guys know that organic maple syrup is a thing? I actually didn’t until starting to work with Coombs Family Farms! And apparently I’m not the only one – many consumers believe that since maple syrup is a natural product, labeling it as organic is redundant, but it’s not! The difference actually boils down (pun intended) not to the syrup itself, but rather to the sustainable forestry that is required to label your maple syrup as organic. In order for maple syrup to be labeled as organic, producers are required to harvest sustainably from trees that are nurtured without the use of pesticides, or close to property or farmland that uses pesticides or chemicals (to prevent airborne or ground water contamination). There’s also a large focus not over-tapping trees, and everything down to the cleaner used on equipment for the sap evaporation/boiling process must also be organic. Fascinating stuff!

One other maple sidenote – did you guys know that the grades/semantics of maple syrup differentiation have recently changed? Pure maple syrup is all Grade A, and there are now four classifications:

  • Golden color and delicate taste (best for pancakes, waffles, etc.)
  • Amber color and rich taste (great in coffee and tea – p.s. if you haven’t tried maple in lattes yet, do it – it’s so good!)
  • Dark color and robust taste (stronger, so best for grilled or baked dishes like this one, or as a glaze. This was formerly called “Grade B”, and I like this new classification form better because Grade B made it sound like lower quality… not the case!)
  • Very dark color and strong taste (used for flavor/sweetening)

And now you know why this baked recipe uses dark color, robust taste Grade A organic maple syrup!

Back to the recipe! Like many of my recipes, this one is flexible – if you want to mix up the veggies, go for it! Chicken breasts would also work here rather than chicken thighs, although I highly recommend going with the thighs – they are so flavorful and juicy!

maple curry sheet pan chicken and veggies

To make this dish, toss the chicken and veggies in the combination of olive oil, maple syrup, curry powder, ginger, and salt, then arrange on a sheet pan. Bake for 25 minutes et voila! Dinner is served.

maple curry sheet pan chicken recipe

Enjoy as is, or serve with some brown rice, lime, and cilantro as a garnish.

maple curry sheet pan chicken

Here’s the full recipe – enjoy it!

Serves 3 to 4     adjust servings

Sheet Pan Maple Curry Chicken Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes Prep Time

Cook Time 25 minutes Cook Time

Total Time 35 mins Total Time

Cozy up with this healthy, sweet and spicy one-pan dinner.

maple curry sheet pan chicken thighs

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • about 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • about 3 cups diced butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Coombs Family Farms Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • for serving: cilantro & brown rice

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a sheet pan, or with parchment paper.
  2. Place the chicken thighs, cauliflower, and butternut squash in a large bowl. Add the olive oil, maple syrup, curry powder, ginger, and salt, and toss to coat. 
  3. Spread the chicken and vegetables into a single layer on the sheet pan. Bake for about 25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender. 
  4. Sprinkle chicken and veggies with chopped cilantro and serve as is or over brown rice. Enjoy!

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