Of all recipes ever written, one every kitchen should have tucked into a go-to drawer is hearty, juicy, tender, delicious (need I go on?), belly-warming roasted chicken. That chicken should also be dressed in maple syrup because…well, principles. This baby weaning recipe is an incredibly easy family dinner idea that will fill your hearts and tummies with all the goodness of grandma’s house— plus some—and have your weanlings squealing with delight!

Maple syrup is not an ingredient you see when you Google roasted chicken recipes often—I have no idea why! The syrup and cinnamon roasts a gorgeous, golden skin, and fresh thyme pulls it all together to create a simply mouthwatering marriage of sweet and savory. Slow roasting and the tenderizing properties of maple syrup will guarantee chicken that falls right off the bone, so your little one will have no trouble woofing it down.

Baby Led Feeding Recipe Maple Roast Chicken

Vitamin C and folate-rich butternut squash makes a lovely fall companion to carrots and roasted potatoes, all smothered in this beautiful sauce to create a magical, healthy baby weaning recipe My whole family absolutely adores this easy dinner idea, and I know yours will, as well.

Next time the craving for roasted chicken that just so happens to double perfectly as a baby weaning recipe hits (because I know that happens all the time), give this one a try—seriously. You will fall in love!

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This recipe is part of my Baby Food Series for Dunnes Stores. I have been so delighted to work with a client who truly believes in what I am trying to do here at Baby Led Feeding. We have so many amazing recipes coming your way over the next few months, along with lots of events, so keep your eyes peeled!

All of the ingredients in this Baby-Friend Maple Roast Chicken are inexpensive and easily available. No crazy produce that you won’t know where to find, and it’s all available in-store.

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If you want to see more baby weaning recipes and easy family dinner ideas, then you should check these out:

Vegan Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Chicken and Veggie Pot Pie

Patatas Bravas Kid-Friendly Dinner

Pulled Chicken and Black Bean Crêpesadillas

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Aileen xoxox

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      • PREP TIME
      • 15 minutes
      • COOK TIME
      • 1 hour 45 minutes
      • TOTAL TIME
      • 2 hours
      • SERVES
      • 4-5

What goes in...

  • 1 Dunnes Stores Free-range chicken
  • 60 ml rapeseed oil (¼ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 60 ml maple syrup (¼ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1kg Irish Potatoes (2 ¼ pounds)
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 12 Baby Carrots (or 3 large carrots)
  • Drizzle rapeseed oil
  • To serve Fresh thyme leaves

How to make it...

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350ºF
  2. Spatchcock the chicken by cutting out the backbone. Lay flat on a baking tray, then press down. Very carefully, using a sharp knife, press into the flesh so that the sauce will seep into the entire chicken.
  3. Place the rapeseed oil, thyme maple syrup and cinnamon into a blender and blend until combined. Pour 1/4 over the chicken and use your hands to completely cover. Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, quarter the potatoes, peel and slice the butternut squash and place them on a baking tray along with the carrots, Drizzle over a little rapeseed oil and leave aside.
  5. When the chicken has been in for 45 minutes, remove and pour over the remaining sauce, place it back into the oven along with the potatoes and veggies and roast everything for another hour.
  6. Remove from the oven, baste the chicken.
  7. Serve with fresh sprinkles of thyme.