I love marinades. They are so easy to put together and they’re perfectly stolen moments friendly since I can let the meat sit in the marinade all day.
I’ll admit that as much as I love these easy meals, we don’t do a lot of meat-based meals like this. It’s harder to stretch the meat, so the entire meal ends up not being as frugal. However, I have been loving the bags of frozen chicken breasts lately.
Our stores seem to run a special on their bags of frozen chicken on a regular basis and I always stock up. Two 6 lb. bags of frozen chicken breasts from Sam’s Club cost $26 and that lasts us the whole month. I tend to use about 75% of the chicken for casseroles and skillet meals – things where it’s really easy to make that meat stretch. Then I use the rest of the chicken for “splurges” such as this one.
Now a word about this recipe. It has a bit of a sweet undertone, but the sweetness of the maple syrup is not all overwhelming. Instead, the maple marries perfectly with the garlic, pepper and lemon juice to create a super flavorful marinade.
Maple Glazed Chicken
- 1 – 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 c.)
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, lemon juice, garlic and seasonings.
- Place chicken in a plastic freezer bag or bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- Spread chicken on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish. Spoon any remaining marinade over the chicken. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked. About halfway through the cooking time, spoon any marinade that has collected on the baking dish on top of the chicken.