Paleo Plan

Maple-Walnut Chicken

Maple-Walnut Chicken

Makes dinner for two adults, with leftovers for lunch.

Approximate cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-6 oz each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Combine olive oil, thyme, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Rub chicken with seasoning and let stand.
  3. In a 12" nonstick skillet, toast walnuts over medium-low heat 4-6 min or until golden and fragrant, stirring constantly. Note: walnuts may burn quickly if left unattended.
  4. Transfer walnuts to dish, and turn heat up to medium under the hot skillet.
  5. Add chicken to same skillet. Cook 12 min or until done, turning frequently.
  6. Transfer chicken to a clean plate.
  7. Add vinegar to the chicken drippings in the hot skillet and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  8. Add maple syrup and water, and simmer 6-7 min until slightly thickened.  Stir in walnuts and serve on top of chicken.

38 Comments

  1. Delicious! Thanks

  2. loriborealis

    Very tasty! I was halfway through the recipe before realizing I didn’t have any maple syrup on hand, so I subbed in 2 T. of honey and it was quite good.

  3. This is delicious…could easily be a dish in a 5 star restaurant! Bravo!

  4. OMG… If a sticky-bun married a chicken, this is what their offspring would taste like. This was spectacular, and so easy. Even my picky eater loved this and we’ll definitely make this again!

  5. I’m going to try this tomorrow. Looking forward to it.

  6. spottedsparrow

    Delicious! I used pecans because they go so well with maple syrup. Served with Butternut Squash with Garlic and Thyme from the site to make a Thanksgiving-like meal. Yum!

  7. jchampin

    Was absolutely a 10,my12yr old said it’s his favorite dinner so far

  8. mntnmom

    Any suggestions for substitutions? My son is allergic to walnuts and pecans. Thanks!

  9. Does anyone know why my sauce never thickened? I used all the ingredients and it never got slightly thick, any suggestions?

  10. Kathryn

    delicious! hubby asked me to make it again which is a high compliment :)

  11. twaughtel

    Made this for my boyfriend and he said it was quite possibly the best meal he’s ever had! Have tried so many of the recipes on this site and they’re all great, but this one is by far my favorite!

  12. This was SO good. Hubby and both kids loved! And super easy!! Thanks

  13. BEST ever! Loved this one! I paired it with greenbeans and carrots!!!! Just a sweet taste that is so yummy!

  14. This was really great. However, when making the rub: 1Tbs olive oil to 1Tbs of thyme basically makes thyme-sludge. Pretty sure that’s supposed to be 1tsp of thyme…

  15. Hi i just read kevin’s comment. Can anyone tell me if they used 1tsp or 1Tbsp of thyme? That would help before I make it. Thanks.

  16. This was delicious and I would make it again!

  17. I made this for my wife and it was very delicious, but my sauce didn’t thicken and I followed the recipe. Any suggestions?

  18. vadnais88

    I have a walnut allergy what should I use as a substitute.

  19. TatrixSaigh

    Enormous hit in my house. I used tenderloins instead of breasts and sliced almonds instead of walnuts. Took the leftovers to work the next day and may have convinced my coworkers to give paleo a try based just on this recipe.

  20. slongtin

    The flavors were great, I’ll definitely make this again. However I agree with some others that the sauce never thickened. Any suggestions on what may have gone wrong or what I could do differently?

  21. PKHPaleo

    I seriously just wanted a huge bowl of those Walnuts but found it got even better if you ate it With the chicken. Yummy

  22. Alex McGregor

    Delicious! My husband described it as “pretty freaking good”. My sauce didn’t thicken as expected so I added the chicken to the pan to coat it in the juices just before serving (for about a minute or two). This helped the consistency a lot and added some more flavour too.

  23. lauraking

    DElish! One of our faves so far. Thank you!

  24. Vdonnenb

    Thumbs up from my picky 14 year old son! Thanks!

  25. mr11316

    The chicken was delicious!

    I was wondering if there could be pictures of the finished food added to the recipes. I don’t know much about cooking and that would definitely help me.
    Thanks,
    Ken

  26. kristythurmond

    I used thighs instead of breasts, 1 tsp of thyme, and 2 tblsp maple syrup, and it turned out great!

  27. Ryan Thornhill

    To make it thicker, I used 1/2 cup of Almond flour! Turned out awesome!!!

  28. Rebekah

    I’m new to Paleo, so maybe I’m wrong, but I didn’t think maple syrup was Paleo?

  29. I thickened it using tapioca flour and it worked perfectly.

  30. I cut the breasts into cubes before I cooked. Added more maple syrup and some almond meal to thicken up the sauce. I also reintroduced the cooked chicken to the sauce and cooked/simmered together for another 5 min. This really marries the flavors.
    The hubby and toddlers enjoyed it!
    thanks!

  31. That was really delicious! I had to do some substitution with the maple syrup to raw honey and the walnuts to pecans but it was rather good and will definitely be making this again.

  32. terrific!!

  33. I did like this a lot. That said there wasn’t any chicken drippings in the pan so my sauce never thickened. We still poured it over the chicken and it was still good. My husband even poured some of the sauce over his quinoa. Also don’t lean too close to the pan when you pour the apple cider vinegar into it-very strong for the nose :)

  34. Like a few others have mentioned my sauce did not thicken at all. Still really good though. This is a quick and easy meal!

  35. John E

    Wife made this and it was great!

  36. Easy & delicious. A keeper for sure! I added the vinegar, maple syrup and water at one time and it thickened for me but I’ll admit I didn’t measure, I eyeballed it.

  37. Kelley W

    Absolutely loved this….I would have paid for this in a restaurant!!!! I would say the trickiest thing was marrying the chicken with the time to cook the cauliflower mash (which was equally delicious!!!!!!). Took me about 2 hours all up to prep and cook…probably as my chicken breasts were about 270gms each (sorry from Australia so our measurements are not your pounds and oz!!). I’m sure I will get faster, but this was fiddly to put together!!

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