baked maple chicken with creamy bean & cheddar mash

This recipe of baked maple chicken with creamy bean & cheddar mash might look like a bit of a plain Jane but…looks can be deceiving. The chicken is cooked in a maple, mustard & rosemary sauce that forms a glaze as it bakes. Then it’s served with a mash to rival the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever eaten. Promise.

baked chicken & white beans

Beans –  (I’m talking legumes here), when consumed are slowly released into your system, not causing a spike in blood sugar, they’re also exceptionally high in fiber. I don’t mean to cap on the humble potato because heaven knows I love potatoes, but just to give you an idea: It’s optimal to consume foods that have a glycemic index of less than 50. Navy beans are at 30. A plain, old russet potato of the same weight – 111. That’s high. Very high. Try this mash instead, you’ll love it. 

creamy bean & white cheddar mash

The beans have the consistency of a good mashed tater but I think they’re better. Especially with the addition of the aged white cheddar. I’ve said before I’m not a big fan of leftovers but this recipe was so good I was happy to heat it up & have it for dinner two nights in a row. True to form I could have eaten the whole quantity of the beans in one sitting. I’m not shitting you, they’re that good. They were part of the large quantity of beans I cooked up the weekend before & froze so it took a mere three minutes to get them ready to eat.

creamy white bean & cheddar mash

I added some of the leftover chicken broth I had, a pinch of nutmeg & a little white cheddar & heated it then blitzed it with my handy-dandy blender & the results were fabulous. This recipe was comforting & wholesome. And because I love some sort of crunch at every meal,  I served it with some buttered, crisp snow peas. Dee-licious!

maple mustard baked chicken

As the chicken cooks, the juices combined with the maple, mustard & rosemary, form a glaze. I tested this recipe in different baking dishes. Glass worked the best because it browned the chicken nicely & created a thicker, stickier sauce. Enamel & metal worked well. The white baking dish although it looked the prettiest, didn’t brown the chicken & sauce as well as the other two. Not a deal breaker though.

glazed maple chicken

It looks quite plain & simple doesn’t it? It’s not. It’s incredibly delicious & super simple to make. All that is left to do is add some green & dinner is done with very little effort or skill. 

baked chicken

Last week we ate well on a large flat of chicken drumsticks that I paid less than $6 for, some white beans that cost a little more that a dollar & some fresh ingredients. Proving that planning your meals, shopping smarter & getting prepared at the start of the week can have you eating wholesome recipes that won’t break the budget. Have a great weekend xo.

baked maple chicken with creamy bean & cheddar mash
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
  1. 8 chicken drumsticks
  2. 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  3. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  4. 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  5. pinch salt & pepper
  7. 2 cups cooked white beans, such as Great Northern or navy beans (about 14oz/398ml can, drained & rinsed)
  8. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  9. 1 tablespoon butter
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  11. pinch salt
  12. 1/2 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  13. buttered steamed sugar snap peas, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a large, shallow baking dish.
  2. Remove skin from drumsticks & discard. Place drumsticks in greased dish.
  3. Combine maple, mustard, rosemary, salt & pepper in a small bowl. Pour over chicken, turning to coat. Bake chicken, uncovered, in preheated oven, turning chicken occasionally, for about 50 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked, sticky & browned.
  4. To make the mash: In the last 10 minutes of chicken cooking, make the mash. Combine beans, broth, butter, nutmeg & salt in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high until mixture starts to boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer 2 minutes to ensure beans are heated through.
  5. Remove from heat; add cheese. Process or blend until mixture is smooth. Serve with chicken & sugar snap peas if desired. Serves 4.
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