Maple Roasted Chicken Sauce

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


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F / 180C
  2. Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat
  4. Add chicken pieces to hot oil in a single layer without crowding.
  5. Cook chicken 8 – 10 minutes per side and brown the chicken on both sides.
  6. 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.
  7. In a separate bowl, combine the mustard, maple syrup, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and whisk or stir until well combined.
  8. Toss together the sliced onions and the sauce until its evenly coated.
  9. Pour the onion mixture over the chicken, completely smothering it. – Chava like to rub the sauce in a bit
  10. Cover the pan tightly and bake for an hour and a half.
  11. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 – 45 minutes, until cooked through and soft.
  12. 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.
  13. Serve hot  – Chava likes to serve it over a bed of rice if she’s making it during the week.*
  14. 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.

Happy eating!



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Maple Chicken Sauce
maple chicken sauce
maple chicken sauce
  1. Grease a baking pan and place a layer of the thinly sliced onions on the bottom. Then place the chicken, skin side up, single layer, on top of the onions. Set aside.
    chicken ready for the maple syrup sauce
  2. In a medium size saucepan over medium heat fry up the olive oil and chopped onion and garlic together for about 3-5 minutes, until the onion becomes translucent. Add ketchup, vinegar and maple syrup, stirring well after each addition and then add all the remaing spices. Heat to boiling and pour over the chicken.
    The maple syrup bbq sauce in a pot
  3. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, basting every 20 minutes. Check to make sure chicken is done by piercing a thick part with a fork, if the juice runs clear it is likely done. Mine was falling off the bone!
    Kosher Chicken basted in a maple syrup based bbq sauce!
Recipe Notes

Pre-Heat the oven to 350F / 180C
You can use grade A maple syrup, but the maple flavor can get lost in all the spices. We used grade B for this.

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