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Looking for a fresh new way to serve the "same old chicken"? This quick and easy Smokey Maple Chicken is budget-friendly, delicious, and freezer friendly, too!

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


  • 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


  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.