Enjoy this crunchy chicken at home for a family supper or take it along on a picnic to eat cold — no forks and knives required! For best flavor, shop for locally raised natural chicken and grade B maple syrup.
Total Time: 1 hr 45 min
• 3 tablespoon(s) Dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoon(s) pure maple syrup , preferably grade B
• 2 tablespoon(s) peanut or canola oil, divided
• 1 tablespoon(s) finely chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
• 3/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
• 4-4 1/2 pound(s) bone-in chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks, and/or breasts), skin removed, trimmed (see Tips & Techniques)
• 1 1/2 cup(s) fresh breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Tips & Techniques)
1. Whisk mustard, maple syrup, 1 tablespoon oil, thyme, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Add chicken and turn to coat evenly. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 6 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Set a wire rack on a large baking sheet.
3. Combine breadcrumbs and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil on a plate. Dredge the skinned side of each chicken piece in the breadcrumbs (with drumsticks, dredge the meatier side) and arrange breaded-side up on the wire rack. Leave at least 1 inch between pieces.
4. Bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the z of the meat registers 165°F, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve hot or let cool, refrigerate, and serve chilled.
Tips & Techniques
When using a combination of thighs, drumsticks, and breasts, we recommend cutting each breast in half crosswise (before marinating) to make smaller pieces about the size of an average chicken thigh. And if you buy whole legs, be sure to separate the drumsticks and thighs. When all the pieces are about the same size, they’ll all cook at the same rate.
To make 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs, trim the crusts from about 3 slices of whole-wheat bread . Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form.