This post is sponsored by Harvestland. As always, all opinions are my own.
Tangy and sweet, this Maple Roasted Chicken with brussels sprouts and squash is a totally doable, satisfying one pot meal.
There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t touch mustard with a ten foot pole. But then I married the Mr., and he began to chip away at my mustard hatred. It started with a little dab of yellow mustard on my deli sandwiches. Then it progressed to a vinaigrette, and before you know it I’m slathering a big fat chicken with a maple dijon sauce and loving every minute of it. Husbands are sneaky, I tell ya.
As it happens, this dish is actually crossing off another item on my “never” list. I used to be deathly afraid of roasting a whole chicken. The bird intimidated me. I decided it was too time consuming, too messy, too all-up-in-that-poultry’s-business for me. But alas, I’ve been converted on this one as well. Turns out, chicken roasting is actually no biggie. A little rinse, a little pat, and a lot of salt and butter is all you need for a juicy, flavorful, tender chicken.
I decided to dress this one up with one of my new favorites–a simple glaze made of maple syrup, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, and thyme. You’ll want to pour this tangy sweet liquid gold on everything, which is why I couldn’t help throwing some brussels sprouts and acorn squash in the pan and slathering them up too. The payoff is this: a healthy, one pot meal that’s simple enough for a weeknight but fancy enough for a dinner party. If you’ve got a small gathering for Christmas, you could even make it the main attraction at your holiday dinner.
I’m excited to be sharing this recipe as part of Harvestland‘s Eat Like Your Ancestors initiative. They’re encouraging people to go back to their roots with their natural chicken, pork, and turkey products. It’s recently come to my attention that long before roasted chickens languished under heat lamps at the grocery store check out line, people actually made them from scratch. Crazy, I know. But after making this Maple Dijon Roasted Chicken, I’m convinced that our ancestors were onto something. This chicken is easy to make, crazy delicious, and you can make it happen in your own kitchen, too. Just to make it easier, today I’m giving away three packages of Harvestland coupons. There are a lot of ways to enter, so follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter to get your name in the pot! Two winners will receive $100 worth of coupons, and three runner ups will receive $50 worth of coupons. Best of luck to you!
Maple Dijon Roasted Chicken
Note: Brushing the chicken with this glaze will result in a flavorful, but not crispy chicken skin. If you want crispy skin, don't glaze the chicken and simply serve the carved chicken with the warmed glaze.
- 4-5 lb. whole chicken (I used Harvestland)
- 1 lemon, halved
- 1 onion, halved,
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
- Heaping Tablespoon salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1 lb. brussels sprouts
- 1 small acorn squash
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
For the glaze
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 sprigs thyme
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place the onion, lemon, 4 thyme sprigs, butter, salt, and pepper on a tray so it will be ready for you and you won't have to keep washing your hands after every step!
- Remove the chicken from the package, and remove the giblets from the cavity. Rinse the bird under cold water then pat dry with paper towels.
- Place the bird in a roasting pan. Sprinkle the inside of the cavity with salt then stuff it with the onion, lemon, and thyme sprigs. Rub the butter all over the outside of the chicken then season generously with the remaining salt and fresh blacked pepper. Tuck the wings into the body as much as you can and tie the legs together with kitchen string. Roast for 1 hour.
- While the bird roasts, prepare the squash and brussels, and make the glaze. Remove any shriveled leaves from the sprouts, trim the end, and slice in half. Chop the squash into bite sized hunks (no need to peel). Toss them with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, dijon, balsamic vinegar, and the leaves of the remaining two sprigs of thyme. Set aside.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and add the squash and brussels sprouts to the pan. Brush both the chicken and the vegetables with a little bit of the maple glaze. Roast for another 30 minutes or until the chicken registers 165 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh. Once done, remove the chicken from the oven, tent with foil, and allow to rest 10-15 minutes before slicing.
- Warm the remaining glaze on the stove top or in the microwave and serve hot with the chicken and vegetables.
Recipe by NeighborFood
P.S. Now through the end of December, Harvestland will be donating one serving of chicken for every interaction you have with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. So like, click, follow, or repin for an easy way to give back to families in need!