Baked Chicken Thighs

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I haven’t shared my exciting news with you guys yet and I’m thinking now it the time.  *drumroll….  As of April 1st I became owner of Kaia FIT Boulder!  Yes you read that, I now own a business!!  The opportunity presented itself earlier this year and after asking the universe for momentum with my career I knew I had found my new path.  I’m a firm believer in manifestation and have seen it work for myself numerous times.  Yeehaw!

Kaia FIT is a functional intense training program designed for women to improve both their strength and cardio.  All abilities are welcome and it’s an amazing group of supportive women who are all working towards a common goal.  I’ve been a coach for the last 6+ months and I’ve never seen any other program close to what this is.  Fitness has always been important to me whether I’ve ‘lived it’ or not.  It brings me joy on so many levels and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself to incorporate it into not just my daily life but my career.  The example I set for my children, the lifestyle I’m living, it’s a perfect balance for this time in my life.

But of course with transitioning to owning a business life is nuts.  So many hours of being on the phone, in front of my computer, organizing, getting business documents transferred, etc..  And to add to it I decided to move the business to a new location last weekend.  It was the right decision but to say I’m spread a little thin at the moment would be an understatement.  Most morning start with me waking up at 4:30-5am and I’m on the run all day.  My kids lives are juggled into the mix too!  Then this weekend I’m out of town for a wedding, the following weekend I’m out of town for a certification, and I could go on but you get the point.  Of course it will all mellow out in due time and I will find my groove with new responsibilities of being a business owner.

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So when I’ve said my cooking has been drastically simplified over the last month+ now you know why.  I’m still cooking from home 5-6 nights a week.  I really can’t complain.  Caffeine has become a close friend but life is good, life is full, and life is fun.  It was about time I started really doing something with myself!

Baked Chicken Thighs

Baked Chicken Thighs

A chicken recipe flavored with mustard, maple syrup, lemon juice, garlic, and thyme - baked over a layer of sweet potatoes. Super tasty and tender! I love making large batches of chicken to eat over the course of a few meals. It simplifies my cooking life! I served this with a side of broccoli. Easy, healthy, and delicious. What more do you need?

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons mustard (I used German style, Dijon or stone ground would work just as well)
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 lemon, juiced (~2 tablespoons)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced/pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried fancy thyme
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • s&p
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" rounds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 pyrex dish. Place sweet potato rounds in a single layer.
  3. In a medium bowl mix the mustard, maple syrup, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, and olive oil. Season generously with s&p. Taste and adjust if necessary adding more mustard, syrup, or lemon juice. Add the chicken thighs and mix well.
  4. Place chicken in a single layer on top of the sweet potatoes. Pour any leftover marinade on top.
  5. Bake ~45 minutes until chicken is cooked through and browned. (This may take less time in your oven so watch).

Notes

If you'd like a bit more mustard flavor/spice add more mustard to your recipe. I chose to keep it light since I was sharing this with my kids. And it worked, they happily ate it!

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