One pan maple, orange and pecan chicken

I can't get enough of easy one pot chicken meals. This is an old one I've been meaning to update for a while, and I don't think you'll be disappointed with the revamped version. Sweet potatoes, green beans, garlic, spinach, and chicken all get bathed in a delicious sweet maple orange sauce. Oh, and don't forget those lovely crunchy pecans.
Course Main meal
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, maple syrup, one pan, oranges, pecans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 (to 3)
Calories 802 kcal
Author Helen


  • 1 sweet potato (medium) peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 8 cloves garlic unpeeled
  • 3.5 ounces green beans (about 1 handful)
  • 1 pound chicken thighs (skinless boneless)
  • 1 orange (zest and juice)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups spinach (I used baby spinach - about 2 handfuls)
  • 1 ounce pecan nuts (about a handful)

to serve

  • fresh crusty bread or rice
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat the oven to 355F / 180C.
  2. Add the sweet potato, garlic and green beans to a medium baking dish. Tuck the chicken between the vegetables.
  3. Whisk the zest and orange juice with the maple syrup. Drizzle the whole dish with a little cooking oil (about a tablespoon), then pour the juice / syrup over the chicken.
  4. Grind over plenty of salt and pepper, then bake for 35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sweet potatoes are tender. Ten minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the spinach, tucking it down into the sauce as much as possible, and sprinkle over the pecans.
  5. Serve with the bread or rice.

Recipe Notes

Squeeze the garlic into the juices as you eat. Delicious!

Nutrition Facts
One pan maple, orange and pecan chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 802 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 222mg74%
Sodium 241mg10%
Potassium 1248mg36%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 12700IU254%
Vitamin C 54.6mg66%
Calcium 176mg18%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.