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Smokey Maple Chicken | Perfect grilled or cooked in the Instant Pot or Crock pot

The price of meat just keeps on going up, which is why here at LWSL we firmly believe that you can never have too many quick & easy freezer meals to choose from that use budget-friendly chicken! Of course, finding fresh new ways to serve the same old chicken can definitely be a challenge.

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Luckily this tender, juicy, flavor-packed Smokey Maple flavored Chicken is sure to be a new family favorite–it definitely was for mine! You can cook it on the grill, in your crock pot or Instant Pot!

To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the freezer–no cooking required! Making it ahead of time is not necessary, though, as it is equally delicious just marinated in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

You can use any type of chicken but my family prefers the boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which are a darker, juicier meat and also tend to be cheaper than the boneless skinless breasts.
Assemble your ingredients for the smokey maple chicken: boneless, skinless chicken thighs, garlic, shallot, sesame oil, soy sauce, black pepper, liquid smoke, ketchup and maple syrup.

Here is what you need:

4-6 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
4 TBSP sesame oil
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 TBSP liquid smoke
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 TBSP corn starch (cooking day only)
2 TBSP water ( cooking day only)

Chop up garlic and shallot.

Step 1: Chop garlic and shallot, set aside.

Whisk sesame oil, soy sauce, chopped garlic, shallot, liquid smoke, black pepper, ketchup, and maple syrup together in bowl.

Step 2: Whisk sesame oil, soy sauce, chopped garlic, shallot, liquid smoke, black pepper, ketchup, and maple syrup together in bowl, then divide into 2 1-gallon freezer bags. (If freezing, be sure to label bags ahead of time.)

Divide chicken and marinade into two separate freezer bags and label with cooking directions.

Step 3: Marinate chicken in bag for at least 30 minutes or longer, or press out air from bag and freeze.

Grill chicken while basting with additional marinade.

Step 4a: Thaw if frozen. Grill 7-8 minutes per side, basting with additional marinade, if desired.

Chicken can also be cooked with marinade in Instant Pot.

Step 4b: Alternatively, you can pour contents into slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2-3 hours, or place in your Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Naturally release for 5 minutes, then do a quick release.

Remove cooked chicken from Instant Pot and a slurry of water and corn starch to the marinade.

Step 5: Remove chicken from instant pot, mix together water and corn starch. Then add slurry to Instant Pot to saute for 3 minutes, to help thicken sauce.

Serve cooked chicken over rice topped with green onions.

Step 6a: Pour chicken and sauce over cooked rice and enjoy!

If chicken is grilled, allow time to rest before carving.

Step 6b: If you grilled your chicken, let it rest for a few minutes then slice and enjoy alongside a salad.

Smokey Maple Chicken

This smokey maple chicken is bursting with flavor and can be cooked so many different ways too! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Smokey Maple Chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4-6 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 shallot (chopped)
  • 4 tbsp Sesame seed oil
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Chop garlic and shallot, set aside.

  2. Whisk sesame oil, soy sauce, chopped garlic, shallot, liquid smoke, black pepper, ketchup, and maple syrup together in bowl, then divide into 2 1-gallon freezer bags. (If freezing, be sure to label bags ahead of time.)

  3. Marinate chicken in bag for at least 30 minutes or longer, or press out air from bag and freeze.

  4. Thaw if frozen. Grill 7-8 minutes per side, basting with additional marinade, if desired. 

  5. Allow chicken to rest then serve with sauce over cooked rice and enjoy!

Instant Pot Cooking Directions

  1. Place chicken and marinade in your Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Naturally release for 5 minutes, then do a quick release. Remove chicken from Instant pot.

  2. Mix water and corn starch then add it to the Instant Pot marinade. Saute for 5 minutes.

  3. Combine sauce with chicken then serve over rice and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Alternatively, you can pour contents into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2-3 hours. 

Smokey maple chicken freezer friendly recipe.

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