Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs

These maple ginger chicken thighs are packed full of flavor and perfect for any day of the week. Marinated in a maple syrup ginger mixture and baked to perfection with sweet fall apples. If you love maple syrup this is your new favorite recipe! 

These maple ginger chicken thighs are packed full of flavor and perfect for any day of the week. Marinated in a maple syrup ginger mixture and baked to perfection with sweet fall apples. If you love maple syrup this is your new favorite recipe!

You guys I totally forgot to tell you how I spend my weekend. I know it’s Thursday but just pretend it’s Monday. I watched a crossfit competition where I saw Gina lift a bunch of heavy stuff, went to a German beer party, made a giant vat of slow cooker beef chorizo taco chili, watched Bridget Jones Diary (Mark Darcy…swoooooooon!) and flipped through my friend Katie Webster’s new cookbook Maple for the billionth time. Basically it was a mix of social butterfly meets introverted caterpillar.

PLUS today’s recipe is from the Maple cookbook so lucky you you’re all in for a maple packed perfect for fall dish. 

These maple ginger chicken thighs are packed full of flavor and perfect for any day of the week. Marinated in a maple syrup ginger mixture and baked to perfection with sweet fall apples. If you love maple syrup this is your new favorite recipe!

The first time I met Katie I immediately knew I would be friends with her. She is bubbly, friendly and has the most infectious laugh. She also gets my sarcastic dry humor so that basically means she is awesome.

When I heard she was writing a cookbook devoted to maple syrup I was all over that! This book doesn’t just give you dessert recipes with maple it gives you 100 sweet AND savory recipes. That means you can get into the kitchen and use maple syrup in any way you dream. It also means you better stock up on maple syrup because you’re going to go through a lot!

{Looking for more chicken thigh recipes? Try my honey spiced glazed chicken, citrus herb roasted chicken thighs or my crispy pan roasted chicken thighs.}

These maple ginger chicken thighs are packed full of flavor and perfect for any day of the week. Marinated in a maple syrup ginger mixture and baked to perfection with sweet fall apples. If you love maple syrup this is your new favorite recipe!

I made these chicken thighs from the book and I’m so happy to share them with you. They are the perfect balance of sweet and savory and were PERFECT for dinner. The maple syrup gives the chicken a nice subtle sweetness and helps create a beautiful crust on the outside of the chicken.

Also (because I’m a total rebel) I opted to make my chicken in a large cast iron skillet. I love using them for chicken dishes and they are a breeze to clean!

Make sure to get your copy of Maple! It would make a PERFECT holiday gift!

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Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs

These maple ginger chicken thighs are packed full of flavor and perfect for any day of the week. Marinated in a maple syrup ginger mixture and baked to perfection with sweet fall apples. If you love maple syrup this is your new favorite recipe!

Yield: 8 chicken thighs

Prep Time: 12 hours

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 13 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 3/4 cup apple cider 
  • 1/2 cup dark pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves, plus 5 sprigs for the roasting pan
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 3 medium apples, cored and quartered 

Directions:

In a medium bowl whisk shallot, cider, maple syrup, grated ginger, apple cider vinegar, chopped thyme leaves, kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Pour marinade into a large ziptop bag and add in chicken thighs. Seal bag and let chicken marinate in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.

After the chicken has marinated preheat your oven to 400 degrees, add chicken to a large cast iron skillet or 9x13 baking dish and arrange apple slices and thyme sprigs around the chicken.

Pour the marinate over the chicken and bake the chicken for about an hour or until the chicken if fully cooked. Baste the chicken with marinade a few times during the cooking process.

Let the chicken cool slightly and devour!

34 Responses to “Maple Ginger Chicken Thighs”

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    Tori — October 8, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Yummy! I love maple with savory foods so much! This sounds delish.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld — October 8, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Katie’s book looks fantastic and that dish!!! Yum!

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    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — October 8, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Ohh, thank you so so much my friend. Both for sharing a recipe from the book and for saying such nice things. You are the best! And for the record, I wanted to be your friend too because I thought you were so funny:) PS. These photos are so beautiful. PPS I would have loved to see Gina in the crossfit competition too! That sounds awesome!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — October 8, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Sounds like you had a great Monday! I can’t wait to check out Katie’s book and these chicken thighs look incredible.

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    Christie — October 8, 2015 at 7:49 am

    These sound and look amazing. I have got to check out the cookbook.

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    Judy@ImBoredLetsGo — October 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Looks sooooo good! Always looking for a new way to make chicken. Pinning this!

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    Betsy | JavaCupcake.com — October 8, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for the info about this book! I love finding cookbooks that are packed full of recipes I’d actually love to make…. like this one! YUM!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — October 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Chicken thighs are my favorite cut. Loving all these flavors.

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    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — October 8, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I think Katie is pretty awesome too – just like you!
    And – ginger and maple syrup – wow! This chicken – I can imagine how amazing it must be!

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — October 8, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I cannot say anything else but amazing! My husband prefers dark meat here so it will be nice to make these (so many people rely on chicken breasts for recipes!)

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    Amy Stafford — October 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Love Katies book can’t wait to dive in and make some of those amazing recipes. This dish looks pretty darn yummy. I think it should be the first I try!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

    The most beautiful chicken thighs I’ve ever seen! I’ve got to get my hands on that cookbook!

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    Marye — October 8, 2015 at 9:52 am

    This sounds so flavorful, I love using ginger!

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    heather @french press — October 8, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I love all things maple, but especially savory dishes, and the crust on that chicken looks incredible, so I am sure this would be a big hit at my house

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — October 8, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Ok, so I’m totally laughing because we wrote such similar things about Katie in our posts today! 🙂

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    Julie — October 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

    ” it was a mix of social butterfly meets introverted caterpillar” –> this is my ideal!

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    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens — October 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    These look sensational – the maple-ginger flavor combination is genius, and I love how much of this recipe can be prepped ahead (so perfect for busy evenings)! Thanks for the heads-up on this gorgeous cookbook, too!

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    Rachel @ Simple Seasonal — October 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Looks sooo good! This is one that I need to try this fall!

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    The Food Hunter — October 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    these thighs look scrumptious!! I need to check out this book

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    Joy @ Joy Love Food — October 8, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I love the combo of sweet and savory in this dish, it sounds wonderful, I know it would be a big hit with my family!!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — October 8, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I’m so obsessed with this book. I havent tried this recipe yet, but I’ve made a few others and they’re all spot on delicious.

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    Julia — October 8, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    This cookbook looks wonderful! And this recipe sounds perfect for a fall dinner. Yum!

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes — October 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Your photography of this delicious sounding chicken is off the charts – can’t wait to try this!

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    Anita — October 9, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Never thought of marinating in maple syrup – the combination of flavors sounds marvelous!

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    Joanie @ Zagleft — October 9, 2015 at 9:01 am

    This recipe sounds so good! The apples, the maple syrup, the ginger – how perfect together! Can’t wait to give this beautiful recipe a try!

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    Justine | Cooking and Beer — October 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I have a serious weakness with anything crispy chicken thigh-related! LOVING the maple, ginger flavor in this recipe! Making soon!

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    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie — October 9, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    OMG. This is GORGEOUS and THOSE FLAVORS!!!! Gasp! Can’t wait to try this recipe and I HAVE to order that cookbook!

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    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — October 9, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I learned of this book at Expo East…and I will get my hands on a copy! Love it! Your dish looks fantastic!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — October 11, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I seriously don’t think I’ve ever seen tastier looking chicken thighs! I need this book in my collection and I need this maple ginger chicken dish on my dinner table!

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    Annie — October 12, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Those crossfit competitions are crazy!! I have only been to one but it totally blew my mind!

    These chicken thighs look amazing! I love the maple ginger twist!

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    Melanie — October 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Wow, excellent!

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