Maple Dijon Chicken CrockPot Recipe

Day 335.

I think anything with the word "dijon" in the title instantly sounds exquisite and marvelous---even though it's only a $2.99 condiment. Dijon is the show-off in the mustard family.

Carissa sent me this recipe on my birthday, and I printed it out right away. I was pleasantly surprised to have everything in the house already (well, minus the bay leaves).

The Ingredients.

--1 lb chicken pieces (I used frozen breast tenderloins)
--1 cup chicken broth
--2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

--1 onion, chopped
--2 T dijon mustard
--3 T maple syrup
--3 cloves garlic, chopped

--2 bay leaves
--1 tsp thyme

The Directions.

I used a 4 quart crockpot---it was a good size. This fed the four of us with a tiny bit left for lunch the next day. If you have a large family or would like leftovers, double the quantity.

Put the chicken into the bottom of your crockpot and toss it with the thyme, maple syrup, and dijon mustard.

Peel and slice the sweet potato, and add to the pot. Add the onion and garlic. If you don't want your onion to have a crunch, put it at the bottom of the crockpot; otherwise on top of the chicken is fine.

Pour in the chicken broth. Add the bay leaves.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5. This is done when the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables reach desired tenderness.

The Verdict.

Very good, and quite moist. The picture up above is a bit misleading----I had enough juice in the pot to ladle over the vegetables and some leftover white rice. The sweet potato fell apart a bit, so some were more mashed than chunky.
The kids each ate 2 of the breast tenderloins, and a bit of sweet potato.

Thank you, Carissa --I really liked this chicken a lot-- I enjoyed the flavor and appreciated how easy it was to throw together.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at November 30, 2008

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  1. looks yummy! a nice change from the holiday food. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous11/30/2008

    This sounds very yummy. Anything with sweetness and chicken has got to be good.

  3. This sounds great, maple and dijon go very well together!

  4. I'm so glad you liked it!

  5. My husband will love this... he's a Dijon man !

  6. I just stumbled onto you blog and WOW and I happy!! I've been trying to use my crock pot more often. I am definitely searching your blog for lots of new yummy recipes.

  7. These last two recipes sound just yummy! Stephanie, I just have to tell you how our Thanksgiving went, thanks to the Crockpot recipes you shared. My husband and I got out of Dodge in our motorhome, telling our kids if they felt like abandoned orphans they could always drive up just for the day (we were three hours away) over the holiday weekend. The RV park where we stayed was having a Thanksgiving potluck feast, so our Thursday was taken care of. Our kids decided to drive up on Friday, this would allow them to go to the inlaws for Thanksgiving day and come to have Thanksgiving the next day with us. Cool, huh?

    Before we left, we smoked a large pork loin and I baked sourdough bread and cornbread and toasted the breads. I also made two batches of Crockpot broth from bones I had been saving in the freezer for that.

    Thursday night, after I was stuffed with turkey, I made the Crockpot cheesecake and put it in the frig to chill overnight. I used Splenda instead of sugar and it was yummy. We served it with canned sugar-free cherry pie filling over the top.

    On Friday, when our kids came up to the motorhome, I made the Crock pot stuffing recipes (I combined the cornbread and bread stuffing recipes you shared since I like the combination of the two breads, using the Crockpot broth made earlier, in one Crockpot and in another Crockpot I put in the sliced pork loin with just a bit of reserved broth.

    To make a long story short, this was a wonderful meal, all homemade, but made much easier and yummier with the Crockpot recipes you shared. You are the best!

  8. Another great recipe! What are you doing to do a year is almost up? I've enjoyed your site please keep going.

  9. I hopped on here looking for a chicken recipie and realized I had most all of the ingredients for this one (normally I don't have sweet potatoes lying around).

    I made a double batch using frozen chicken breasts and had to omit the bay leaves because I didn't know I was out. I chopped the onions finely to add to the sauce instead of eating on their own.

    It came out pretty well. I thought too much liquid had come off of the chicken, but the sweet potatoes that were completely submerged were better than the ones with slightly dry parts.

    My wife thinks there is a slightly "off" flavor, but I'll have to attribute that to using sugar-free syrup instead of regular maple syrup.

    All-in-all a good recipie, especially served with rice.

  10. I just found your blog while looking for crock pot bean recipes and am totally hooked. Good job on your year of cooking with crock pots, what a great resolution. I'm inspired by you and love reading and getting ideas. Thank you for sharing!

  11. You have made me into a "I-wonder-if-I-can-do-this-in-a-crockpot?" kinda gal!
    I love your recipes so much--I used to skip by the crockpots in the stores, and now I'm on the look-out for new ones to add to my collection!
    thanks so much!

  12. found you from a friend, and happy I did! I LOVE crock pot recipe's!

  13. Anonymous11/30/2008

    Dear Crockpot Goddess,
    You MUST go to and drool over the "crockpot trio cook and serve"! I tried to send a link to you but the computer Gods would not allow it!
    Note to Santa,

  14. Anonymous11/30/2008

    This sounds really good. I've always mixed dijon and honey, so maple syrup and dijon will be fun to try. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  15. ohhhmy I just found this site PLEASE leave it up come the new year! I need to go thru and pull/try things I have only just found you LOL

  16. Cooked this tonight using chicken thighs, very tasty indeed.

    Congratulations on this blog, it's a constant inspiration..

    By the way, what on earth is a "chicken tenderloin"? Chickens don't have loins!

  17. Anonymous12/01/2008

    hahaa! I think she meant chicken "tenders".

  18. I wonder if any of your sisters or sisters-in-law (do you have any?) refer to YOU as the show off of the family? ;)

  19. Anonymous12/03/2008

    yay. i had everything in the house for this today, so it's in the crockpot. I'm so glad dinner is already taken care of, not to mention easy and healthy.

  20. We had this tonight, and the hubby and I *loved* it. :) I doubled the sauce, but wished I'd tripled it. I always have to leave things in the crock on low at least 8 hours, so my things have to have a lot of liquid. It was enough with double, but I wished I'd tripled it so I'd have had enough to go over rice. Great flavor, and the hubby loved the texture of the sweet potatoes. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. This looks great and I have all the ingredients too. I have been so tired of our current chicken recipes, this will work great. I can't wait to try it. Thanks!

  22. Anonymous12/08/2008

    I had to use Yam's instead of Sweet Potatoes and it was very tasty. I hope to try it w/ the Sweet Potatoes (my store was out of stock!) I would add more chicken next time or use breasts, the package of tenders I purchased was not enough meat.

  23. Anonymous12/09/2008

    This is in my crockpot now! As a busy, work at home Mom... I just found your blog and I LOVE YOU. LOL

    I'll be here a lot. A Whole Lot. Sending you holiday greetings, warm dreamy biscuits, and a heartfelt Thank You for the inspiration and the empowerment making my life a little easier!

    You Rock!

  24. Anonymous12/18/2008

    This was unbelievably tasty!!! So easy, so good AND GF!

  25. Anonymous1/26/2009

    Did you put your chicken in this frozen or did it need to be thawed first?

  26. Hi Cspara,
    I used frozen breast tenderloins and did not thaw them.

  27. I tried this the other night and we did not like it. I used fresh thyme, but otherwise I followed the recipe. It really seemed to be missing something.

  28. Just tried this over the weekend and we really enjoyed it... I think its a good one to add to the rotation. I doubled the recipe and used a bigger crockpot, doing low for 8 hours. Probably could've stopped at 7 hours but we were out & about.


  29. Just made this last night...awesome :)

    I did modify based on what I had on hand:

    Instead of bay leaves/thyme I used 1/2T of Mrs. Dash Caribbean Citrus and 1/2T fresh grated ginger.

    Instead of chicken I used pork.

    I doubled the amount of broth/dijon mustard liquid base....mostly because my two sweet potatoes happened to be huge lol. Doubling it more then covered everything well.

    Overall, it was my first time with sweet potatoes in something other then a sweet potato casserole....and I loved it...very delicious.

  30. Made this yesterday and followed the directions completely - very good. My boyfriend wants me to put it into the rotation - although next time, I think I'll make it a little less sweet.

  31. Made this the other day because I actually had all of the ingredients lying around. I love the flavor combo of dijon and maple! However I'm wondering if someone could clarify something for me. Several crockpot recipes I've tried (this one included) seem to start off with a bold flavor (hello dijon!) but by the time they are done cooking the flavor is pleasant but very mild. Are there some ingredients/spices that should be left out until the last hour or so? I had this problem last week with some chicken I cooked in a cilantro/lime salsa. Thanks!

  32. Made this yesterday, Steph, because I needed to use some bone-in chicken breasts. I just took a taste, but it was wonderful. Will have it for dinner tonight. I was afraid the thyme would be too strong frome the smell, but the flavors blended beautifully. I may actually take the sweet potatoes and broth combination (at least in part) to turn into some soup for me as hubby is not a sweet potato fan.


  33. I love this blog! I am becoming obsessed with my crockpot recently and this is a great resource!

    I'd like to try this recipe. My husband does not like sweet potatoes. Do you think carrots would work instead?

  34. Hi marcie,

    I think carrots would work beautifully.


  35. I made it with carrots and reduced the maple syrup by 1 T since my husband doesn't like "sweet" dinners or sweet potatoes. It turned out great and he raved abou it! Thanks for the yummy recipes!

  36. Anonymous1/19/2011

    Staphanie!!! I feel like I have found a new best friend :) Where have you (and your recipes!) been all my life?? ;) I just put this together in the crockpot. Smells yum! I have a similar recipe that is roasted in a pan, and it is a huuuuge hit around here,so I know my family will loooove this. I have two more of your recipes bookmarked to use THIS. WEEK.
    I used more sweet potatoes than called for and subbed apple cider for the broth (Im out).
    THANKYOU for all you have done here!!!!!!

  37. I absolutely LOVE this recipe and posted a link to it here with some yummy pictures:

    Thanks for the recipe! We LOVE it at our house!

  38. perhaps a silly question but did your thaw your frozen chicken breasts prior to putting them in the crockpot?

  39. SparkBunny4/10/2012

    If nothing else, this dish reaffirmed for me that i do not like sweet potatoes. Even with marshmallows on top. My husband hates them, so i also included some giant carrots i found at our local farmer's market, and they turned out very well. The chicken itself was ok. Not phenomenal. I made the sauce the night before so i could throw it all together on my lunch break. When i asked my husband to smell it, he kind of reeled back and said ''what is it?'. Not typical for most guys (who will smell anything if you make it a challenge). I doubled the syrup cuz i just couldn't discern it over the thyme and dijon. Still couldn't really taste it in the final product. My 3yr old threw a tantrum at the table and went to bed sans dinner. My husband's final verdict was 'you've made better'. Bummer.

  40. Anonymous2/13/2013

    I made a variation on this and blogged about it today:

  41. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that I ruined this by putting it away in the crock pot once it was finished cooking and leaving the bay leaves in there :( I will try again one day!

    Stephanie, I love your blog! I'm excited for your new cookbook!

  42. Made this tonight for dinner. I doubled the sauce ingredients, except for the broth and garlic, and increased the chicken by a pound. There was plenty of juice, and I thickened that up with corn starch. I also substituted acorn squash for the sweet potatoes. It was good, but, there was something a little off in the taste. Not sure if it was the bay leaves or the amount of thyme. Everyone ate it, but I don't think I'd make it again. The dijon and maple were lost in the "off" taste.

  43. I'm making this a second time, this is a print worthy recipe :)