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This dutch oven maple peach chicken thighs recipe is a healthy chicken dish made with peaches, carrots, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes. Everything cooks in the most amazing lemon juice and maple syrup sauce. It makes for a wonderful summer dinner!

Dutch Oven Maple Peach Chicken Thighs freshly cooked.

Normally when I make a recipe with peaches I make a dessert like peach cobbler, but I have found that making savory dishes with peaches is just as delicious! Like in this peach chicken recipe.

I love this dutch oven recipe because it is gourmet and delicious, but incredibly easy to make! The peaches soften and melt into the chicken and into the sauce. It’s a great way to use up any extra peaches you have, so if you have a few lying around, make this recipe!

Why this recipe works

  • It has major summer vibes! Nothing screams summer like fresh peaches, so cooking them with chicken is the ultimate summer dinner idea.
  • This recipe is easy to make! All you do is sear the chicken and then put everything into a dutch oven and cook it for 30 minutes.
  • It is allergy friendly. This recipe is gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, and dairy-free.
  • This recipe is healthy. It is naturally Paleo, and made with simple clean ingredients.
  • Lastly, this recipe is delicious! Seriously, it is so good and the sauce tastes amazing on top of potatoes, rice or pasta.

Recipe ingredients:

Ingredients needed to make peach chicken.
  • Peaches– use fresh ripe peaches for this recipe. They have more flavor when they are ripe.
  • Chicken thighs– any kind will work. With or without skin.
  • Carrots– fresh long carrots work best, but you can also use baby carrots.
  • Lemon juice– freshly squeezed or pre-squeezed.
  • Maple syrup– make sure to use 100% pure maple syrup.
  • Garlic and onion- these give flavor to the dish.
  • Chicken broth– this helps make the sauce.
  • Dried rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil– these herbs season the chicken.
  • Mushrooms– I like using baby bella mushrooms or button mushrooms.
  • Sweet potatoes– these add yummy flavor to the dish.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Additions/ Substitutions

  • Instead of onion, you can use onion powder.
  • Instead of chicken broth, you can use bone broth to add more protein.
  • You can omit the mushrooms if you don’t like them.
  • You can use white potatoes instead of sweet potatoes.

Step by step instructions:

Seasoning mixed in a bowl.
Step 1

Step 1: Mix the salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano in a small bowl.

Chicken thighs with seasoning on it.
Step 2

Step 2: Add the seasoning to the chicken and set aside.

Garlic and onion in a pan.
Step 3

Step 3: Sauté the onion and garlic in the pan.

Chicken thighs added to a pan.
Step 4

Step 4: Add the chicken to the pan and cook for several minutes.

All the fruits and veggies added to the pan.
Step 5

Step 5: Flip the chicken and add the mushrooms, carrots, sweet potatoes, peaches, lemon juice, maple syrup and chicken broth to the pan.

Boiling the dutch oven chicken thighs for a few minutes.
Step 6

Step 6: Let everything boil uncovered for a few minutes.

A cover added to the dutch oven.
Step 7

Step 7: Add a cover to the pan and cook everything for 30 minutes.

Maple peach chicken fully cooked and ready to be served.
Step 8

Step 8: Remove the cover and serve.

Expert tips:

  • This sauce is sweet because of the maple syrup, if you want it to be less sweet, use 1/4 cup of maple syrup.
  • Make sure to put the chicken thighs skin down into the pan to crisp the skin.
  • If you want the sauce to be thicker, you can add tapioca flour the sauce before cooking it. Just mix 1 Tbs of water with 1 Tbs of tapioca flour and add it in.
  • Since this sauce is so delicious, make a side that absorbs sauce well, like rice or potatoes.
Up close shot of cooked Dutch Oven Maple Peach Chicken Thighs.

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4.85 from 19 votes

Dutch Oven Maple Peach Chicken Thighs

Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Dutch Oven Maple Peach Chicken Thighs freshly cooked.
A delicious and healthy chicken dish made with peaches, carrots, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes.

Ingredients 

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced ( or 1.5 teaspoons onion powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5- 2 lbs chicken thighs
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 2 peaches, diced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large sweet potato, ( or 3 small), cut into 2 inch pieces
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Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, mix the 1.5 teaspoons sea salt flakes, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon dried basil, and 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano. Cover the chicken thighs in the seasoning and set aside.
  • Put the minced garlic, yellow onion ( or onion powder), and olive oil into a large dutch oven, and mix. ( I use a 3 quart large cast iron dutch oven, 15 x 4 x 13 inches). Heat over medium heat and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Place the chicken thighs into the dutch oven, skin side down and push them into the garlic and onion. Make sure to pour any of the excess seasoning into the pan. Let the chicken cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low-medium. Using tongs, flip the chicken over. Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, chicken broth/ stock, diced peaches, sliced mushrooms, chopped carrots, and chopped sweet potatoes to the pan. Cook uncovered, while the mixture bubbles, for 5-6 minutes.
  • Then place the lid on top of the dutch oven and cook, covered for 30 minutes.

Notes

  • Instead of onion, you can use onion powder.
  • Instead of chicken broth, you can use bone broth to add more protein.
  • You can omit the mushrooms if you don’t like them.
  • You can use white potatoes instead of sweet potatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 624kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 32gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 1242mgPotassium: 1081mgFiber: 6gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 20091IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 108mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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19 Comments

  1. Maple is my favorite sweetener of all and I can’t pemember the last time I used it on a chicken recipe. Coming right up!5 stars

  2. What a lovely combination! I haven’t tried the peach with our chicken thighs although we have had maple syrup. In fact, we prefer the thighs to the breast. They have a tendency to be juicier and we like the taste. Isn’t a Dutch Oven the best? We could leave ours out all the time because we use it so much. Will be trying this out!5 stars

  3. I love the combination of chicken and peaches and sometimes I use apricots too! This sounds so delicious. I usually don’t use my dutch oven for chicken often – This looks so good. Saving to try someday.5 stars

  4. I love cooking with chicken thighs because they pack so much flavor, so I can’t wait to try this recipe. Peaches are everywhere right now, and it they sound like a great combo with the chicken and veggies.5 stars

  5. These chicken thighs look perfectly cooked and so flavorful! Maple is a favorite of mine, but I’ve never thought to pair it with peach or chicken. It sounds amazing!5 stars

  6. I would not have thought to make chicken and peaches in a dutch oven, but i love the idea. Peaches are in season, I’m going to give this a try!

  7. Love this – I make it probably once a month and it’s always amazing. More Dutch oven recipes would be great!5 stars

    1. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I love this recipe too. I need to get on dutch oven recipes. Thanks for the feedback!