Baked Maple Chicken with Pear Pilaf


Ease into fall with this easy and comforting chicken and rice dish. The savory blend pairs with a gentle touch of maple syrup for the perfect contrast.

Baked Maple Chicken with Pear Pilaf Recipe - Dairy-Free and Gluten-free

This healthy chicken recipe was shared with us by Whole Foods. It features their antibiotic-free chickens. All of the producers used by Whole Foods are ranked by the 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating standards developed by Global Animal Partnership.

Baked Maple Chicken with Pear Pilaf
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 whole chicken (about 3½ pounds), cut into 8 pieces
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1½ cups brown and wild rice mix
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 organic Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Coat the chicken with 2 teaspoons olive oil, sprinkle with pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt; bake 45 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Remove from oven and brush the chicken with maple syrup.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Add onion, celery and garlic and cook until golden, 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Stir in rice and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 35 minutes.
  8. Stir in pears, thyme and remaining salt and continue to cook 10 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  9. Serve rice with chicken.
Diet type: Dairy free, Egg free, Gluten free, Nut free, Peanut free, Soy free, Wheat free, Refined Sugar free

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. I made this meal the other night for my husband and I. It was very easy to make and the rice went amazingly well with the chicken. I had never had wild rice before and will definitely be incorporating that into our regular meals from now on.
    The only downside to this recipe was that my husband does not like sweet stuff and the pears made the rice a little on the sweet side. Next time, I will make it without the pears, but we loved it!

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