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Maple Thyme Baked Chicken

Maple syrup and balsamic vinegar help this chicken to brown beautifully as it bakes in the oven. The addition of thyme creates a savoury flavour trio you’ll want to try in other dishes.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 1 hour


4 bone-in, skinless chicken legs
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp salt
⅓ cup maple syrup
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp thyme, fresh
1 tsp thyme, dried
¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200 ºC). Remove skin from the chicken. Rub salt and pepper all over the chicken and set it in a baking dish.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk the maple syrup with the vinegar, thyme and cayenne. Pour the mixture evenly over the chicken.

  3. Roast the chicken for 50-60 minutes or until brown and internal temperature reads 180°F (82°C). Baste the chicken 3-4 times with pan juices during cooking to glaze pieces. If the pan juices start to burn, add a little more water.

  4. Reserve the pan juices to serve on the chicken.

Helpful Tip

For a complete meal, serve with roasted potato wedges and green beans.

Nutrition Info

Per 300 g serving Amount
Protein52 g
Fat14 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate20 g
Sugar17 g
Cholesterol215 mg
Sodium390 mg
Per 300 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A6
Vitamin C15
Vitamin B650
Vitamin B1249