The first meal we made was Honey Mustard Baked Chicken. I usually cook with a lot of chicken but I don’t think I have ever baked it. Weird. I guess grilled chicken is more of a staple in this house.
The recipe for this chicken came from my “Five Ingredient Favorites” cookbook so, you guessed it, it has 5 ingredients. Imagine that! (Although I will say some recipes in this book have more than just five ingredients – false advertising I tell you!)
-1.5-2 lbs of chicken (I used boned thighs) - 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard - 1.5 tbsp honey - 0.5 tbsp cooking oil (I used canola oil, its what I had open) - 0.5 tbsp soy sauce
1. Preheat oven to 425. Place pieces of chicken in a lightly greased, shallow baking pan. Bake uncovered for about 15 minutes. 2. Stir together mustard, honey, oil and soy sauce. (I set the bowl over the oven vent do-dad to make the honey easier to stir) 3. Brush the mixture over the chicken – be generous. 4. Bake the chicken, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes (until the chicken temps at about 180) – occasionally brush additional honey mustard mixture over the chicken until it is all gone. 5. Eat!
This is what my chicken looked like as soon as it was finished. Notice that I did not use a shallow baking pan…it was busy being used to make scalloped potatoes from a box (not so great…). I think the chicken was juicy and more tender because it actually baked in the honey mustard chicken.
We had left overs and Chris ate them with mashed potatoes. The homemade mashed potatoes were much tastier than the not-so-great boxed scalloped potatoes. In my defense the scalloped potatoes have been taking up space in my cupboard for a while and I just needed to use them – they were not a recent purchase. Maybe I should have checked for an expiration date….
Overall…the chicken was pretty delicious. I’ll be making it again…at least one more time to properly follow the directions and make it in a “shallow baking pan”. Chris liked it and even ate the leftovers. I can always tell how he really feels about the food about two days after I make it…if the leftovers are eaten he liked it, if not then it wasn’t such a big hit!