Chicken with Black-Pepper Maple Sauce

40 mins (prep 20)
10 ingredients
makes 4 servings
This dish, inspired by a recipe from Gray Kunz's Elements of Taste, is a great alternative to roasting a whole chicken. To ensure that the bird lies flat and cooks evenly in the pan, we've used the spatchcock technique, which entails simply removing the backbone of the chicken and tucking the legs up and out of the way. Don't worry if the instructions seem a bit confusing when you're reading through the recipe — the steps become obvious once you have a chicken in front of you.

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  • 1 (3- to 3 1/2-lb) whole chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 (3-inch-long) sprigs fresh rosemary plus 1 (1-inch-long) sprig
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup dark amber or grade b maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • special equipment: kitchen shears; 2 (10-inch) heavy skillets (one well-seasoned cast-iron or heavy nonstick); a 10-inch round of parchment paper; 5 to 6 lb of weights such as 3 (28-oz) cans of tomatoes


Serving Size (50.5 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 174.88 Calories from Fat 135.09
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15.01g 92.39%
Saturated Fat 9.5g 190.04%
Trans Fat 0.61g %
Cholesterol 39.75mg 53.0%
Sodium 585.98mg 97.66%
Total Carbohydrate 10.26g 13.68%
Dietary Fiber 0.08 g 1.25%
Sugars 10.11 g %
Protein 0.2g 1.56%
Vitamin A 463.69IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 22.28mg% Iron 0.08mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
whole black peppercorns, b, or, dark, reduced-sodium chicken broth, special equipment