Shabbat meals tend to dry out after spending extended periods of time on the hot plate so making an awesome sauce that won’t dry out too quickly is very necessary in our house, especially when having guests over. Here’s
Chava’s Maple Roasted Chicken Sauce Recipe:
- 3lbs / 1.3 kg chicken pieces, cut up
- vegetable oil for frying – she used olive oil
- 1/2 cup dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar – she used apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 onions, sliced up in rings
- Pre-heat the oven to 350F / 180C
- Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels.
- Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat
- Add chicken pieces to hot oil in a single layer without crowding.
- Cook chicken 8 – 10 minutes per side and brown the chicken on both sides.
- Remove with tongs and place the chicken in a single layer on the bottom of a 9 x 13 (or larger) baking pan or 2 medium size baking pans.
- In a separate bowl, combine the mustard, maple syrup, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and whisk or stir until well combined.
- Toss together the sliced onions and the sauce until its evenly coated.
- Pour the onion mixture over the chicken, completely smothering it. – Chava like to rub the sauce in a bit
- Cover the pan tightly and bake for an hour and a half.
- Remove the foil and bake for another 30 – 45 minutes, until cooked through and soft.
- If you prefer your chicken to be very soft, you can leave it covered the entire time – Chava does this, since she likes to have the sauce stay saucey.
- Serve hot – Chava likes to serve it over a bed of rice if she’s making it during the week.*
- This chicken recipe freezes nicely!
Serves 6-8. Total cooking time needed: 2 hours 10 minutes
**When Chava makes this dish for Shabbat, she makes the rice separately but in the same fry pan that the chicken was browned in. After it has cooked she adds it over the whole chicken pan to keep the chicken from drying out.