Friday 23 August 2013

Maple Chicken 'n' Ribs

For weekends when my father comes to dinner, I'm always on the look out for easy baking recipes where I can simply marinate the meat and let the oven do the cooking. Here's a recipe I saw on Nigella's website which caught my eye - maple, spices and apple juice sound like a lovely combination for meats. 

This chicken and ribs combo also reminds me of eating at Tony Romas and I used to enjoy this combo very much. 

The chicken and ribs turned out to be flavourful - a lovely combination of the sweetness of maple syrup, aroma of the spices and tartness of the apple juice. I'm happy to have discovered another delicious and simple marinade recipe.

Maple Chicken 'n' Ribs (Serves 8)
Recipe by Nigella

  • 12 pork spare ribs
  • 12 chicken thighs with skin and bone still on (I used skinless thighs)
Marinade ingredients
  • 250 ml apple juice (as sharp as possible)
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup*
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (I used 1 tbsp)
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick (halved)
  • 6 cloves garlic (unpeeled)
  • 4 cloves (my own addition)
  • Put the ribs and chicken pieces in a couple of large freezer bags or into a dish.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, squelching everything together well, before sealing the bag or covering the dish.
  • Leave to marinate in the fridge overnight or up to two days.
  • When the marinating time is up, take the dish out of the fridge and preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6/400ºF.
  • Pour the contents of the freezer bag into one or two large roasting tins (making sure the chicken is skin-side up), place in the oven and cook for about an hour and a quarter, by which time everything should be sticky and glossed conker-brown.
  • Additional information - for gluten free use tamari instead of soy sauce.
Note: I used half the marinade recipe with 8 pieces of chicken and ribs

* I used Grade B Organic Maple syrup from They deliver all over the world - use NAD207 to get US$10 off your first order.

This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Anuja from Simple Baking


  1. Amazing — what a wickedly clever idea … so tasty and so ‘simple’ !!! Can’t wait to try this

  2. Wow, the ingredients already sounds delicious for marinating the meat not to say when the dish place on the dining table. I guess everyone will go for second piece or third or fourth.....

  3. Hi Mich, Your maple chicken and ribs look great. Mine a bit burnt;(

  4. Hi Mich, This combo dish look so delicious. I am tempted to try.

  5. I hope this yummy maple chicken is on my dining table now! hehe..

  6. this is real yummy I also want to give a try, Mich :)
    finger lickin' good!

  7. What a great combination of flavors, Mich. Simply delectable! I bet your Dad loves it!

  8. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com23 August 2013 at 20:55

    Mich, this is indeed full of flavour and yummy :)

  9. Hi Mich,
    I've already seen some of our blogger friends making this. And yours looks just as delicious. I have bookmarked this to try, especially after seeing everyone's review! Looks delish!
    Thanks for linking!

  10. Chicken and maple married together seems perfect :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Hi Mich, I saw this recipe featured on Nigella's website. But didn't make it cos I don't have maple syrup at home :P But it sure sounds simple and good.

  12. Sounds fantastic way to dine over the weekend! Great flavours!

  13. I love the combo of ribs and chicken thighs..and the marinade sounds fantastic.

  14. I have Nigellas cookbook with this recipe too. I have tried it once as well and quite easy-great little sauce.

  15. This recipe has a great combination of spices. I love star anise in marinades. It adds a rich, but unusual flavor. I'll have to try this next time I want an easy but flavorful recipe.

  16. This dish looks wonderful in the combination of the marinaded juice. Must be very delicious.

  17. Looks amazing ..must have tasted yum

  18. Sweet and savory chicken and ribs sounds like HEAVEN. This looks so very good. Thank you for sharing! I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog tomorrow for one of Ryan's necklaces, and I'd love for you to stop by! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

  19. morning mich, i see that you are cooking a big portion..all of your guests must be so delighted cos it really looks so good..the marinade sounds wonderful tho i nvr had meat with maple syrup before

  20. Oh Mich, I love this combination of ribs & chicken roast! In fact, I had roasted some chicken again yesterday, hehe! Can you tell me did you use fresh or store-bough apple juice; fresh or long-life? Long-life apple juice seems to be too sweet for me & can't really taste the apple.

  21. loved the terrific combination of apple juice,anise and maple,scrumptious dish :-)

  22. Mich, I love this type of dishes too. So convenient and so tasty!

  23. what a fantastic dish Mich!! beautiful colours!

  24. Hi Mich,

    I saw many good reviews of this recipe. Too late for cook Nigella now... Will save this recipe for the all star anniversary! :D


  25. Wow! This sounds wonderful. The flavor must be so yummy!

  26. Oh! The chicken and ribs look delicious, love the flavors in the juice and maple...yum! They sure look so inviting.
    Have a great week ahead Mich :D

  27. Hi Mich, your chicken dish look awesome... so flavorful! I might need extra rice to go with this. :)

    Best regards.

  28. How unusual! I made maple bacon short bread the other day. I love the smell of maple baking. :)

  29. Mich, I would like to have a piece of the ribs!! look so gorgeously yummy!

  30. So flavorful and I love that it's baked not fried ;D