I Don’t Know What To Call This Other Than Delicious Baked Chicken

Sometimes the most random ingredients come together to make the tastiest recipes and that is certainly the case with this delicious easy baked chicken recipe that I’ve fondly named I Don’t Know What To Call This Other Than Delicious Baked Chicken!

Easy Baked Chicken Recipe

This delicious easy baked chicken recipe calls for soy sauce (or coconut aminos), ketchup (kind of grosses me out, too, but just roll with it), sesame oil (my fav), garlic and maple syrup. It’s a hodgepodge of ingredients that really shouldn’t work together but somehow come together to make one heck of a delicious chicken dish.

Easy Baked Chicken Breasts

As the title of this post indicates, I was clearly at a loss for what exactly I should name this recipe since the ingredients are so random. I considered Maple Sesame Chicken but didn’t feel like the maple flavor was dominant enough to warrant a spot in the recipe title. I also toyed with Sesame Ketchup Chicken but that recipe name made me gag, so that was quickly out. Being a blogger is tough sometimes.

So now I’m leaving you with I Don’t Know What To Call This Other Than Delicious Baked Chicken.

Simple Baked Chicken


The inspiration for this recipe comes from a slow cooker recipe I found when I was in a rush and quickly Googled “easy slow cooker chicken thighs” and went with the first option. Well, it was a slam dunk and we all loved it!

Easy Baked Chicken (simple marinade the whole family will love)

I toyed with the ingredients in the recipe a bit to create a simple marinade that works well with chicken breasts and chicken thighs. If you are a fan of recipes that you can make using only a big ol’ Ziploc bag, this is going to be one you’ll want to try! Less mess for the win!

Easy Chicken Marinade

Delicious Baked Chicken

Serves four


  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic


  1. Combine all ingredients in a freezer-size Ziploc bag. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least four hours or overnight, flipping periodically.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Remove chicken from the bag of marinade and place in a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with approximately half of the marinade. Discard the rest.
  3. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Allow to rest for five minutes before serving.

Deliciously Easy Baked Chicken

Additional Easy Baked Chicken Recipes


  1. says

    Haha the name is perfect because this certainly does look like delicious baked chicken after all! Loving the sound of ketchup and coconut aminos as the marinade, those are two foods that I always have available so this chicken needs to happen! My family would love this 🙂


  2. says

    Always looking for new ways to eat chicken because the kids eat it and they require dinner every single night. But if you do the same “bleh” all the time, something I’m guilty of, they start to bulk. Plus, when we eat a healthy dinner I feel better about eating my kids Halloween candy. Hi, I’m laura and it’s only been 4 minutes since my last Twix bar from the kids bags. Yikes.


  3. Sarah says

    This sauce is very similar to the copy cat recipe for PF Changs chicken lettuce wraps, which we LOVE. Definitely going to have to try this! (Also, the ketchup isn’t so weird when you think about it being a base for BBQ sauce and this is kind of an Asian BBQ sauce?)


    • says

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  4. Lee Morgan says

    you can also do this marinade with brussels sprouts! marinade them in olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, garlic powder, and cumin!! SO good!!


  5. Jen says

    It kind of looks like a variation on BBQ sauce. Occasionally, I’ll make sauce instead of running to the store, and I start with ketchup and brown sugar. Ketchup and maple syrup sounds like a pretty interesting foundation, too. But I’m with you, I don’t know what you would call it either! Delicious seems like a good fit!


  6. says

    I would have never thought to put ketchup, soy sauce, and maple syrup together! Sounds delicious though! We love making baked chicken, always so easy! In college we would make honey mustard baked chicken!


  7. Kim from MN says

    I’m always willing to give the benefit of the doubt when I see a recipe with weird ingredients that someone says is delicious! All because of a recipe a friend of mine made with GRAPE JELLY and meatballs, and it tasted great in the end! But the amount of weird things that went into that recipe……wow. I know there was grape jelly, onions, and a WHOLE bunch of other things. But the grape jelly really threw me for a loop! However, we were told this after we already ate and loved them, so there you go!

    Btw, another semi-strange combo involves keilbasa sausage and applesauce and onions and some other ingredients. The list doesn’t look right at first, but throw it into a crockpot and it’s great! Thanks for the recipe!


  8. Monica H. says

    I had to come back to this post because I just made and served this for dinner and it was AMAZING!!! I made it exactly as written and it came out perfectly. I was kind of hoping for the best as I combined these el weirdo ingredients. I knew the minute I took it out of the oven and smelled how good it smelled that it was going to be righteous. Thank you Julie for this fantastic and super easy dinner recipe that will be going into the rotation. BTW, I served my chicken with brown rice (so good to help sop up the savory sauce) and Asian stir-fried vegetables.


  9. Angie says

    I used this recipe tonight and grilled the chicken. It was absolutely delicious and my youngest son said it was a “keeper.” I’m not sure I will ever use another marinade again.


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