Black Pepper Maple Glaze Roasted Chicken

Black Pepper Maple Glaze Roasted Chicken You know how they had it all over the news that MSNBC interrupted a congresswomen to to give a “breaking” news report on the arrest on Justin Bieber. Well I didn’t really care much for the story nor do I care about whether Justin Bieber got arrested or not. Anyway, so my daughter (who is still in kindergarten) comes home and tells me ” mommy do you know Justin Bieber got arrested”.  I’m like oh my gosh! are you serious? I can’t believe my little daughter is already into celebrity gossip. It’s crazy what kids pick up these days!

Black Pepper Maple Glaze Roasted Chicken

I know your probably all wondering, “hey what about the chicken?!” well I’m getting there..

So I saw this Black Pepper Maple Glazed Chicken recipe had to make it. I’m one of those type of people that once I see something I keep craving it until I have it.

Black Pepper Maple Glaze Roasted Chicken

The original recipe did not have potatoes but I added them because I don’t like having chicken just like that. I need some “veggies” so I can feel good while eating. The black pepper and maple flavor was amazing. I’ve made other maple glazed chicken recipes before but this was different because of the simplicity of the taste. The Maple was basically the king of the dish and the black pepper gave the sweetness a nice bold flavor.

Black Pepper Maple Glaze Roasted Chicken

I used a whole chicken and cut it into 4ths but you can roast the chicken whole as well. Also, if you have chicken thighs or drumsticks on hand that works great as well. The potatoes are optional and can be replaced with carrots if desired.  Black Pepper Maple Glaze Roasted Chicken

Black Pepper Maple Glaze Roasted Chicken Recipe adapted from food and wine

Black Pepper Maple Glaze Roasted Chicken

4.5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Layla


  • 1 3-4 pound chicken cut in 1/4th or 8 drumsticks or thighs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • Coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 cup sliced sweet or regular potatoes I used a mixture of both
  • 2 medium onions halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the maple syrup and 2 teaspoons of coarsely ground pepper. Remove the glaze from the heat.

  • On a large heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet, toss the sliced onions and potatoes with the olive oil. Season the onions with salt and pepper and spread in an even layer. Season the chicken inside and out with salt, then arrange on top of the onions.

  • Roast the chicken for 45 minutes. Brush the chicken all over with half of the maple glaze and continue roasting for 1 hour longer. Increase the oven temperature to 425°. Generously brush the chicken with the remaining glaze and roast for 15 minutes longer, or until the cavity juices run clear and the chickens are richly browned.

  • Remove from heat and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes.

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Very good, however, the glaze takes much longer than 20 minutes to thicken as directed. I just let it simmmer, simmer and simmer…it finally thickened up. I suspect that perhaps those that tasted too much vinegar did not let it cook off enough. 


What a wonderful, easy meal! This definitely falls into the “finger lickin’ good” category for me. I followed the directions exactly and had no problems at all making this. I served it with basmati rice, green beans and baby corn. There was enough leftover glaze from the chicken to drizzle over the rice. Next I plan to try this with chicken wings. Thanks Tomoko and Toshiko for a truly outstanding recipe 🙂 


this dish was tasty but there was a technical problem–all was good until I let it rest ten minutes at the end—it all hardened as hard as nails and I couldn’t get all (any) of the goodies up. Beware folks, my favorite roasting pan is soaking, and it doesn’t look it will ever be the same again!

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An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who was doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me breakfast simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this subject here on your web page.

Sarah & Arkadi

this chicken dish looks so comforting!

Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen

I am definitely one of those type of people that once I see something I I have to make it. This roasted chicken sounds great! 🙂

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living

Love the simplicity of this recipe!

Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

Mmm…maple and roasted chicken. What a great flavor combination! I love salty and sweet, so this sounds perfect for me. Love your addition of root vegetables. Hello 1 “dish” meal!

Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ

Oh I did not know about this Justin Bieber story! 🙂 🙂 Great pictures here, make me so hungry now!


So crazy your 5 yr old would know who he is!! Ugh! This chicken is a much better subject! 🙂 It sounds awesome!!


The pepper/maple syrup combo sounds so different – and delicious! I love that you added the potatoes – there is something about roasted chicken that I just always want potatoes & veggies with it!


    I’m sure your going to love it! The maple flavor is sooo good!


This chicken looks amazing! I can see why you saw it and had to make it! And btw, my son is in 3rd grade and also came home from school that day telling me the kids were all saying Justin Bieber got arrested and was it true! Sigh… I’d much rather focus on a good chicken dish. : )


    Ahaha I completely agree with you Monica!

Angie@Angie's Recipes

Absolutely droolworthy! Love the flavours!

Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

Love the flavours and seasoning you used! This looks so delicious!


    Thanks Jessica!

Chris @ Shared Appetite

Yum! I’m always looking for new roasted chicken recipes! This one sounds so delicious! And I’m with you… I always need some veggies with my chicken, especially sweet potatoes!


    Thanks, Chris! After you try chicken with maple syrup there’s no going back.

Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

Ok seriously your chicken looks unbelievable! Seriously unbelievable. I must have this!


    I’m glad you like it, Jocelyn! Thanks 🙂


It is crazy the things that kids pick up on! And UGH Justin. Way to be the worst role model EVER.

The maple/black pepper combo is definitely something i need to try! Simple and delicious.


    I know. I am shocked at the things my daughter picks up! I remember when I was her age all I can think about was just playing.


Love the flavors in this chicken Layla! The chicken looks so juicy and flavorful and the photos are stunning!


    Thanks Kelly! You so sweet. Thank you for all the wonderful comments you leave! 🙂


I love chicken!! You make this dinner look so easy and yummy, i like and look so good and got a beautiful mix of colors 😀 definitely going to try it!


    Thank you Helena, Do let me know if you give it a try! 🙂


On mighty! I like maple, I like roasting, I like chicken…onions and potatoes…wow! Yes, this one is for me…and perfectly done. 🙂 ela


    I’m sure your going to love it, Ela!