This post is sponsored by Alexia Foods.
Get a delicious and easy dinner on the table fast! This 10-minute Dump-and-Bake Maple Balsamic Chicken is a perfect companion for Alexia’s new Premium Vegetable Sides. Trust me — your family will love this easy meal on your next busy weeknight!
You guys, I am SO excited to share this post with you today! Not only is this balsamic chicken one of my favorite dinners OF ALL TIME, but I’ve paired it with some of the most delicious shortcut frozen veggies that I’ve ever tasted.
When you get home in the evening, you’re tired from work, your kids are exhausted from a day at school, and you just want to relax and put your feet up. It can be very difficult to muster the energy or motivation to get dinner on the table, and frozen chicken nuggets start to sound really good…again.
Hold the phone and don’t dial for carryout pizza — this Maple Balsamic Chicken comes to the rescue! You can whip up the sweet-and-savory sauce in about 5 minutes, with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen!
Just pour the sauce over some chicken, add a few sprigs of fresh herbs, and your job is done! That’s the beauty of a dump-and-bake dinner like this — you don’t have to stand at the stove stirring, flipping, or frying. It leaves a small window of open space in your evening for relaxing and putting your feet up (or for nagging your children about their homework, folding the laundry, etc.). You get the idea!
Thanks to these new unbelievably good premium sides from Alexia Foods, you can keep a stash of all natural veggie options on hand in your freezer at all times. They’re perfect for those evenings when you haven’t planned anything to serve and you need a last-minute option FAST!
In flavors like Butternut Squash Risotto with Parmesan Cheese and Sea Salt and Mashed Butternut Squash with Brown Sugar, you’ll feel like you’re indulging in the most decadent holiday treat — on any given weeknight! The sides are seasoned perfectly and offer that sweet-and-savory flavor combination that keeps our tastebuds happy and satisfied.
Any of the Alexia Premium Vegetable Sides would be perfect with my Dump-and-Bake Maple Balsamic Chicken, but my favorite for this particular meal was definitely the Mashed Cauliflower with Sea Salt.
This mashed cauliflower is a lot like mashed potatoes — but even better, in my opinion! It’s fluffy, smooth and decadent, thanks to a touch of sea salt, cream and real butter.
Best of all, though? These sides are a delicious alternative to their more traditional counterparts. Unlike mashed potatoes or a classic rice-based risotto, the mashed cauliflower only has 70 calories per serving and 7 grams of carbs. It’s low in fat and low in sugar, but so full of flavor!
Plus, the mashed cauliflower is a perfect vehicle for soaking up some of that extra sauce from the Maple Balsamic Chicken!
This dinner is basically a win-win. You get the taste, texture, and flavor of your favorite indulgent side dishes, plus the convenience and health benefits from frozen veggies!
Our Maple Balsamic Chicken and Alexia’s Premium Vegetable Sides are the perfect way to bring your family together around the table — even on those nights when you’d rather not bother with making dinner!
DUMP-AND-BAKE MAPLE BALSAMIC CHICKEN
Dump-and-Bake Maple Balsamic Chicken
- 1 ½ - 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts*
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a bowl, whisk together maple syrup, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
- Place chicken in a medium baking dish (about 11-inch by 7-inch, or any size that comfortably holds your chicken) that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle chicken with a little bit of salt and pepper, to taste.
- Pour sauce over chicken and toss to make sure that each piece of chicken is well coated.
- Tuck sprigs of fresh herbs into the dish (placed alongside the chicken).
- Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. Be sure to spoon plenty of the delicious pan sauce over the chicken before serving!
*I used 5 very small chicken breasts that totaled 1 ½ lbs. If you use much thicker, larger chicken breasts, you might have to increase the cooking time to about 45-50 minutes.
Cooking Just for Two? Cut all of the ingredients in half and bake the chicken in an 8-inch square (or smaller) dish.
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