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Guest Post – Maple Apple Cider Chicken Thighs

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I’m thrilled to be doing this guest post for Maple Apple Cider Chicken Thighs with Maple Candied Walnuts, for my friend Betty Davies from Slow The Cook Down!

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Maple Apple Cider Chicken Thighs

So Betty asked me to do a guest post for her so that she could get her family settled in her new country! Betty has emigrated from Britain to Canada, so we are literally neighbors! Well, only about 70 miles by boat across Lake Ontario! 🙂 Welcome to North America, Betty!

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When I heard that Betty was emigrating to Canada, I knew I wanted to use Maple Syrup in the dish I made for her. I mean, honestly, what could be more representative of Canada than Maple? They have a maple leaf on their flag, for God’s sake! 🙂 And what could be more indicative of fall than apple cider? Uh, nothing! So the marriage of Maple and Apple cider was born.

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If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I am huge fan of chicken thighs! They are so economical and truly foolproof! You can’t overcook them, even if you try! They are quick cooking and perfect for the grill! We grill outside until the snow is so deep, we can’t get to the gril! It just adds such a lovely, smoky taste! The Maple Candied Walnuts add a lovely crunch, also!

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This marriage turned out so delicious! We all absolutely love these and I’m definitely making them again, soon! So head on over to Slow the Cook Down and check it out! As always, enjoy! And have fun cooking!!

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Maple Apple Cider Chicken Thighs

These Maple and Apple Cider Chicken Thighs could not be easier! They are juicy, sweet and sticky yumminess!
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5 from 9 votes
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Course: dinner, entree
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $4



  • Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over medium until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
  • Start grill on medium high heat heat. Spray chicken thighs with no stick spray. 
  • Place 1/4 cup of the sauce in a separate bowl, to start. Use more if needed. Use this to mop to chicken. Generously mop chicken on both sides. 
  • Place on hot grill, start chicken skin side down, to crisp, and continue to mop while the chicken is cooking. Cook until chicken is cooked through, 165°F / 74°C.
  • Use any extra sauce to make a gravy. Mix the cornstarch with a bit of water. Pour into remaining sauce, stirring until incorporated. Let cook a few minutes, over low heat., until thickened and bubbly. Serve on the side, with potatoes, or sweet potatoes.
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Leftovers are good for 3-4 days.
Reheat, on foil, in oven at 350°F for 15 minutes.
Recommended side dishes


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 285mg | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Couldn’t wait for summer to grill. Made these in the oven. Just finishing up tapping trees so had maple syrup and sugar on hand. Delicious! Husband and I would of went back for thirds if there was anything left!

    1. I’m so glad you like them Susan. We really enjoy them too and will make them in oven in the winter.

  2. 5 stars
    I totally agree that you cannot overcook chicken thighs!!! Bone in are the best! The maple syrup combinations sounds so tasty! I am always looking for an innovative way to cook these babies so thanks for sharing!!

  3. 5 stars
    What a delicious combination of maple syrup, apple cider and garlic. Sounds like a great sweet and savory chicken BBQ to me! Yum.

  4. Binky, These look delicious!!! I love chick thighs but never made them with apple cider and maple syrup. Worth trying.

  5. 5 stars
    I love maple syrup with chicken! This recipe looks so good that I did a little happy dance when I realized I had chicken thighs in the freezer! Beautiful photos and awesome recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    I used to have a bottle of that same maple syrup. My mother-in-law brought it back from a trip somewhere. After I used it all up, I saved the bottle — it was too cute to throw away.

    Chicken thighs are my favorite cut of chicken. So much flavor! I know these are going to be wonderful.

    1. I was thinking the same thing. I don’t think I will throw it out, either! Yes, thighs are my favorite! Thanks, Lisa!

  7. Welcome to North America Betty! And I love the combination of apple cider and maple syrup- this looks amazing!

  8. 5 stars
    I do love chicken thighs and this recipe looks fabulous. The maple makes this such a great recipe for the Autumn weather.

    1. I agree on both counts! Chicken thighs are the best and I love maple just about any time of the year but it is especially tasty with all the fall flavors!

  9. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this with my readers Binky! Its a great recipe, I cant wait to give it a try when we are settled!

  10. 5 stars
    I am all about the maple syrup recipes at the moment, and this looks like a great way to enjoy it! The chicken looks perfectly cooked.

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