Maple glazed roasted chicken (and carrots)

I really love meal planning. Every weekend I sit down in front of my laptop (with google calendar open to mark days when I have plans after work) and start creating my meal plan for the week (with an accompanying grocery list). I may start brainstorming based on a few ingredients we have at home (like a veggie, a protein, or an open package of goat cheese); sometimes I crave a particular dish (probably because I’ve seen it or was reminded of it through a recipe somewhere in the blogosphere) but in either case I typically stick to a formula of sorts – a meat dish, a vegetarian dish, a seafood dish, maybe a dinner out, then a (almost) no-cook meal (like a leftovers, jarred sauce + chicken or tofu, or pita pizzas); rinse and repeat. lol

I love love love this process. Searching through my google reader for ideas with a specific ingredient or browsing through cookbooks is almost meditative to me. I honestly could spend hours on it as I click through recipe after recipe. So many meals, so little time!

I often ask Adam if there is anything he’s craving and the answer is usually no, or… it’s been a while since you’ve made us banh mis. Yes, we love ‘em round these parts.

A few weeks ago, though, Adam surprised me and said he wanted something with maple syrup. Really??! Maybe he was subconsciously still thinking about those maple scones I made a while back?? I know I’ve been thinking about them ever since but I have a food-crazy mind.

Not surprisingly, my google reader had nothing in the savory department with maple syrup… but I imagined a nice roasted chicken with crispy skin and a maple glaze. So I got to work…

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I used this recipe for maple glazed duck as my base but used a chicken we recently got in our meat CSA. Chicken cooks a bit differently from duck – I followed this roasting time guide and then made sure the thermometer read 175*. I also placed carrots under the chicken which absorbed all its juices. Root veggies under roasted chicken are actually my favorite part of the meal!

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We don’t eat nearly enough roasted chicken but I just love it. The meat was super juicy… the only thing – the maple flavor wasn’t pronounced enough! Disappointed smile

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The carrots were spot on though– they really caramelized. LOVE.

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I’m still impressed with pulling this off on a weeknight! Smile

Do you meal plan? Any favorite savory recipes with maple syrup? I want MORE! Open-mouthed smile

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