Sticky Maple, Lime & Ginger Chicken


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This easy recipe for Sticky Maple Lime & Ginger Chicken Thighs makes for a delicious and healthy low carb weeknight dinner! The marinade bursts with the flavour of lime and ginger and turns into a sticky glaze that coats the tender chicken thighs! 

Oven baked Maple, Lime and Ginger Chicken Thighs - the perfect weeknight chicken dinner

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Sometimes you get this one movie-like, perfect day. When the sun is shining despite a bad forecast and your husband comes home from work extra early. You decide to have a spontaneous Sangria Party and you end up winning concert tickets on the way out of the liquor store. Jep, that all happened to me a couple of days ago. I, who never ever wins anything got the chance to go to this private concert with George Canyon. PLUS there was free food!

Country-star-george-canyon-in-concert

George Canyon is such a sweetheart. I love his music and HELLO? Look at that jawline!  That big old smile almost broke my face but man was I happy that day!

That said, when we got home we were still in party mode and not really in the mood for lengthy dinner preparations. Luckily, I had seen that coming and already marinated some chicken thighs for my fav chicken dinner. Sticky Maple Lime & Ginger Chicken Thighs – baked to perfection with a caramelized and sticky outside and a tender inside!

 

tender maple ginger and lime baked chicken thighs

This Sticky Maple Lime & Ginger Chicken is so easy to prepare. You start by making the marinade. Just throw all the ingredients into your food processor, and let it do its magic until you have this incredibly flavorful paste. Pour it over your chicken. I just put both chicken and marinade in a freezer bag and give the bag a good massage before I store it in the fridge. Maple Lime and Ginger – such an incredible combination! Sweet and refreshing with a slight heat from the ginger! Don’t be too thrifty when adding the ginger! We really want it to come through in this dish! For my marinade, I used organic minced ginger by The Ginger People, a brand I recently discovered and fell in love with.

sticky and tender maple ginger and lime baked chicken thighs

It’s important to give the chicken time to marinate to make sure it’s extra tender! Just prepare the sauce in the morning and let the chicken sit in the Maple Lime & Ginger Marinade until dinnertime. All you have to do then is to put the chicken skin side up into your casserole dish and pop it into the preheated oven.

gebackene Hähnchenschenkel in Limetten Ingwer Marinade mit Ahornsirup

What you can see in the picture are skinless, boneless chicken thighs but you can also use skin-on thighs. In the recipe below, you`ll find two versions to make this Sticky Maple Lime & Ginger Chicken. You can either bake it with or without the marinade. I prefer the latter as I like my chicken a bit crispier. I just reduce the marinade in a little pot while the chicken bakes and glaze my chicken with it once it has thickened! By glazing the chicken while in the oven you end up with this glossy, sweet & sticky look we love so much.

maple lime and ginger baked chicken thighs

I really hope you give this Maple Lime and Ginger Chicken a try. It has become one of our favorite dishes. Time-saving, low carb, delicious and healthy. What’s not to love about that? To make this recipe Paleo, substitute the Worcester sauce and soy sauce with homemade paleo worcester sauce.

For more healthy dinners check out:

My Indian Rice Salad with Mango 

or this Frittata with Feta, Sweet Potatoes and Jalapeno

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Maple Lime and Ginger Chicken

Tender Chicken Thighs baked in a sticky and sweet ginger, lime and maple marinade! This easy recipe makes for a perfect weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

  • 500 g boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1,5 tbsp worcester sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp minced ginger or freshly ground ginger I used minced ginger by the Ginger People
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 - 2 tbsp rum optional
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • optional:1 tsp chili sauce

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients apart from the chicken in a food processor and process until you have a smooth marinade. Add the marinade and the meat to a freezer bag, shake and massage the bag, making sure your chicken is coated with the marinade. Place the bag in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Take the meat out of the fridge about an hour before you want to start cooking.
  3. Now you have 2 options. You can either bake the chicken with out without the marinade. I personally prefer the latter and reduce the marinade in a separate pot.

Option 1

  1. Preheat oven to 200 Celsius and put the chicken in a baking dish WITHOUT marinade.If your thighs come with skin on put them skin side up and bake for 25 minutes. Heat out the Marinade in a pot and reduce slightly. Glaze the chicken with the marinade twice - once right when you put it in (it's fine if the marinade is not yet very thick) and once after you turn your chicken midway through the baking time, so after about 12 minutes. Your cooking time depends on the size of the thighs and depends on whether there are bones and skin on them or not. The version you see in the picture was made with boneless, skinless thighs and I baked it for about 20 minutes. Generally the inside temperature should be 70 degree
  2. Option 2: Baking with marinade
  3. Put the marinade and the chicken (skin side up) into your baking dish. If you want more sauce, choose a smaller dish and put the chicken closer together. For a crispier chicken ( less sauce) choose a bigger baking dish.
  4. If you want crispy Skin, you can turn the temperature up to about 230 and change to grill function for the last minutes .
  5. Regardless of the option you chose for preparation, take the chicken out of the oven after the baking time and cover the dish with foil. Let it stand for a couple of minutes to allow the juices to set.

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9 Comments

  1. This sounds wonderful! I love all of the flavors in this and that you used chicken thighs.

  2. Looks yummy. Love ginger and garlic!

  3. This looks great, love the flavors and perfect for a personal chef client I have!

  4. This looks wonderful! I love anything with maple and the addition of ginger is genius.

  5. This chicken looks wonderful. I often buy chicken thighs. They are more tender than breast meat.

  6. Mmmm. These sound delicious! And lucky you to have had such an awesome night with George Canyon. My, is he a looker!!

  7. Sugar and spice always make a good combination. Thanks for this great recipe.

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