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When it comes to weeknight cooking, I look for recipes with a high T:E ratio (Tastiness to Effort).  I seek out dishes that minimal effort yet taste really delicious.  Makes sense, right?  Well, I found one that I have now made several times and each time it has plotted off the charts in the “T:E” department.

I found this recipe on Pinterest which is a great place for recipe ideas.  The label for the recipe on the original blog, Witty in the City, is “man-pleasing chicken” which is very appropriate.  Both my husband and my son devour this recipe every time I make it.

The funny thing to me about this dish is the combination of the two ingredients in the sauce – dijon mustard (I use Grey Poupon) and maple syrup (use the real stuff please) is not what I expected.  It is not a sweet dish and it is not really “mustardy”.  And it also does not taste like chicken dipped in honey mustard dressing.  For some reason, either the proportions or the fact that you cook the chicken in this sauce create a really unique and quite savory dish.   I like to serve the chicken over chewy brown rice to make sure none of the sauce is wasted!

My love of all things Rhone continues so I paired this with a beauty from Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  This area of the Rhone is in the south and it is hot, so like many wines from warmer regions it is full bodied and rich.  And mighty tasty.

This wine is mostly Grenache (75%) and Syrah (15%) with some Mourvedre and Cinsault.  It is rich and spicy with an alluring and seductive nose.  Wines from this area are very well regarded so if you have not tried any Chateauneuf wines, you should fix that very soon.