This paleo-friendly, dairy-free maple mustard chicken is my favorite go-to meal. It’s easy, healthy, and delicious! The maple syrup perfectly balances out the tangy dijon mustard. The thyme adds nutritional value and a nice herb flavor. Enjoy this chicken with some cooked quinoa and roasted vegetables for a balanced, healthy meal that the whole family will love!
I absolutely love this chicken! It’s one of the first dinner recipes I ever created on a whim, and since then it’s been a staple that I refer back to over and over. The maple syrup and mustard create a delicious, tangy but sweet glaze that coats the chicken. And the thyme adds a nice depth of flavor as well as some great health benefits.
This chicken is also dairy-free and paleo-friendly. The ingredient list is simple and clean. For this recipe you’ll need:
Why is Thyme Good For You?
Here are just some of the amazing health benefits of thyme:
- Immunity: thyme is full of Vitamin C and A
- Can lower blood pressure
- The essential oil in thyme can alleviate coughing
- Natural bug repellant
Using fresh thyme really makes a difference in this recipe, so when and if at all possible, opt for fresh thyme rather than dried.
Side dish ideas:
-baked sweet potatoes
-quinoa or wild or brown rice
Maple Mustard Chicken
- 4 Tbsp dijon mustard
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp or 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp fresh thyme
- 2 Tbsp olive oil *see note
- 3 chicken breasts, cut lengthwise **(I cut the breasts in half long wise so they're thinner and faster to cook)see note
- Heat a dollop of butter in a small pan. Add the garlic and saute until roasted and golden brown.
- In a small jar or bowl, combine the mustard, maple syrup, roasted garlic, salt, and thyme. Shake or whisk until well combined.
- In a large fry pan, heat the olive oil.
- Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes, flipping them so both sides are cooked.
- Add the sauce, and cook covered for 5 minutes.
- Flip the chickens and simmer uncovered for about 15 minute or until the sauce starts to thicken.