On a cold winter’s night, there’s nothing quite like a hot, delicious meal to warm you up and make everything right. If dinner’s main attraction is an easy dish that just requires four ingredients, then it’s all the more comforting.
We love recipes that only call for a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. We’ve shared ideas for three-ingredient snacks, as well as two-ingredient cakes like pineapple angel food and pumpkin dump cake. But let’s set a good example and have dinner before dessert.
This recipe for baked maple chicken thighs from AllRecipes sounds like a scrumptious blend of sweet and savory that has potential to become a new favorite in your family’s dinner rotation.
This recipe‘s four ingredients are chicken thighs, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Chances are good that you already have those last three in your pantry. You will also need some cooking spray for the baking dish, so make sure you have that on hand to make clean up easier after dinner.
The secret to success with this recipe is mixing together the liquid ingredients and letting the chicken marinate in them for 30 minutes. Marinating the meat seals all of that yummy flavor into the chicken. Besides, you don’t want all that delicious sauce to simply run off into the baking dish.
After the meat has marinated for at least a half an hour, it’s time to get it into the oven. The chicken will bake for a total of 50 minutes, and you’ll flip the thighs halfway through.
A reliable way to check chicken for doneness, according to AllRecipes, is to check to see if the juices run clear. You can also use a meat thermometer to see if it reads at least 175 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the chicken’s baking, you’ll have plenty of time to whip up some side dishes, such as a salad, potatoes or even waffles if you’re going for a twist on fried chicken and waffles.