Maple Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Skillet Recipe

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Delicious maple dijon chicken over potatoes and apples in a one pot skillet dinner the whole family will love!

So much flavor, you’ll want to lick the pan.

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This delicious one pot skillet dinner is going to be your family’s go-to for fall – it is slightly sweet, bursting with maple and apple flavor – paired perfectly with crunchy chicken thighs and a tangy dijon sauce.

If you love the earthy sweet flavor of maple syrup and zippy dijon mustard, you’re going to LOVE the super-simple sauce in this easy chicken thigh dinner.

I have a thing for chicken thighs here at Sweet C’s – if you’re looking for some of the top rated, easiest chicken thigh dinner recipes around, be sure to check out our Chicken Thigh Recipes!

Chicken thighs, potatoes, and apples are all budget friendly and fabulous in fall – we hope you love this easy dinner as much as our family!

If you love this delicious chicken skillet, be sure to check out our delicious Italian Chicken and Vegetables skillet, too! It is so easy and packed with flavor – just like this dish!

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Tips For Perfect Chicken Thighs

If you’re bored with baked chicken thighs, and looking for a way to make them crunchier, juicier, and with more flavor – these tips will help you to bake perfect chicken thighs every time right in your oven!

Pat Chicken Thighs Dry

Extra liquid and moisture on the chicken will keep the thighs from crisping – pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels before cooking to remove any excess liquid.

This will help the fat to stick to the chicken better, and help the Greek flavors sink into chicken for flavor.

If your chicken thighs are wet, the oil won’t have a chance to really sink in, so remove any excess packaging liquid/water with paper towels.

Don’t Trim Fat

Fat is good on chicken thighs, even if you don’t usually like chicken fat.

We’re cooking these chicken thighs long enough for the fat to render out and help make a crispy, crunchy outer crust – so don’t over-trim your chicken thighs.

This will allow the chicken to naturally crisp and add to the flavor of your chicken, so don’t trim too much away.

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Let Skin Crisp

If you’re looking for additional crunchy chicken (especially important since we’re using skinless, boneless chicken thighs), you can pop the chicken thighs under the broiler for 2-4 minutes – be careful and watch the chicken closely to make sure it doesn’t burn.

I always crisp mine a bit at the end for extra crunch – it makes this baked chicken thigh recipe crave worthy!

If you’re loving the crunch, be sure to also check out my fried keto chicken thighs recipe – it tastes deep fried, with absolutely NO breading whatsoever – just pan fried chicken thighs with an amazing crunch!

Unroll Chicken Thighs

If you’re often not a fan of chicken thigh texture, unroll the chicken thighs so they lay flat.

This will cook the chicken thighs more evenly, and ensure a crunchy surface on the entire thigh – which makes it completely irresistible, and a bit easier for people who usually shy away from dark meat chicken.

This makes your chicken thighs look a little weird – I have one friend who says they look like aliens – but chicken thighs taste SO much better unrolled, so consider trying it yourself!

When you add to the surface area of the baked chicken thighs, more of it can get a lovely brown crisp, and the chicken cooks faster, to prevent drying out.

Adjust cooktime a bit if unrolling thigh, since it will cook faster.

My Blacked Chicken Thighs recipe is based on unrolling chicken thighs, if you’d like to see a recipe that unrolls them to cook in a cast iron pan (a method you can use with this recipe if you’d rather not turn on the oven.)

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Easy Dijon Sauce

This easy dijon sauce is delicious over all types of chicken, meats, and fish – and comes together in a snap.

Dijon Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup chicken stock

How To Make Dijon Sauce

In a small bowl, stir vigorously to combine.

Pour over chicken and potatoes in skillet, and cook down for two minutes before placing skillet dinner to oven so sauce can thicken and set while baking.

What to Serve With Maple Dijon Chicken Skillet

This dinner is truly a complete meal in just one pan – you might not need many sides when serving – but I am rounding up my favorite easy side dishes that pair perfectly with maple dijon chicken!

I personally serve my 10 minute broccolini with just about any meal – and LOVE this easy no-knead bread to sop up extra sauce from the pan!

How To Store

While we love this simple dinner for how fast it comes together, this chicken skillet can be made ahead of time, making it a great meal for friends or family meal trains or meal prep for a busy week.

In Refrigerator

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

In Freezer

Store in a freezer bag (take care to remove all extra air pockets possible; and try to lay bag flat so it doesn’t freeze in a giant clump) for up to four months.

To thaw, place in refrigerator overnight to let maple dijon skillet overnight before reheating.

To Reheat

To reheat from frozen or refrigeration, we reccomend baking for the best results.

Heat skillet on medium high heat with 1 tbsp olive oil until pan is hot.

Add leftovers to pan and place in oven preheated to 350 degrees.

Bake 10-15 minutes, until chicken is piping hot.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use chicken thighs with skin or without skin?

This recipe works with skin on or skinless chicken thighs.
Be sure to crisp chicken thigh skin in the skillet before baking to get a good, delicious crunch, and bake with skin side up to prevent it from getting soft and flabby.

Can I use chicken thighs with bones in, or bones removed?

You can cook this dish with boneless or bone-in chicken thighs – bone-in thighs take a little longer to cook, and require you to be careful not to hit the bone when measuring the temperature with a digital thermometer. Cook to 175 degrees internal temperature for either.

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A one-pot skillet dinner featuring Dijon chicken thighs, potatoes, and apples.
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Maple Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Skillet Recipe

Maple Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Skillet – a hearty, delicious family friendly chicken and potato dinner topped with a crave-worthy mustard sauce and maple syrup flavor!
Course Chicken Thighs
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken thigh, dijon, potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 481kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 1 – 1 ¼ pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 4 thighs)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or unsalted butter
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound small red & yellow potatoes halved
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Add avocado oil and ghee (or butter) to a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, season chicken liberally with salt and pepper and place in the pan.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes until browned on the bottom then flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened.
  • Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken and any accumulated juices back to the pan, nestling among the onions and potatoes.
  • Place the apple slices around the chicken and potatoes.
  • Pour the maple Dijon sauce into the pan and cook 2 minutes before transferring the skillet to the oven.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are fork tender.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Spoon the juices from the bottom of the skillet all over the top of the chicken, potatoes and apples and garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken thigh + 1/2 cup potatoes and apples | Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 182mg | Sodium: 788mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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