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Juicy chicken thighs are roasted in tangy cranberries, soft apples, and covered in a sweet maple glaze for the EASIEST way to do chicken holiday-style!
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Maple-Glazed Roast Chicken with Apples and Cranberries

Juicy chicken thighs are roasted in tangy cranberries, soft apples, and covered in a sweet maple glaze for the EASIEST way to do chicken holiday-style!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

Roast Chicken with Apples and Cranberries

  • 4 medium bone-in chicken thighs (1-1/2 lbs)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced in 1/2-in thick slices
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary

Maple Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Roast Chicken with Apples and Cranberries

  • Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat butter and olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until pan is hot. Sear chicken 2-3 minutes on both sides.
  • Remove pan from heat and arrange apples, cranberries, and rosemary sprigs around chicken. Roast chicken at 375F 20-25 minutes or until chicken registers 165F, apples are tender, and the cranberries are bursting.

Maple Glaze

  • While chicken bakes, make the sauce: In a small skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil then saute garlic in oil until just fragrant. Stir in vinegar, syrup, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until reduced and thickened, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Once chicken is done, drizzle with maple sauce. Enjoy!