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Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

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Baked goods are the best. If you’re like me, you also love the convenience of having to pop something into the oven and cook. That’s how I prefer to cook my chicken dishes because they take no time to bake at all. On days when you don’t have the extra time to whip up complicated dishes, this recipe will surely help you out.

I scratch my head sometimes because I have to cook for a family that easily loses their interest in food that’s been on my dinner table one too many times this week. Besides, having pasta 4 out of 7 nights, I’d probably wonder if there was something better in store for next week too.

Personally, I don’t find anything wrong with chicken dinners every night for as long as each recipe would be different. If you’ve got to serve chicken (because my kids love them) like I do, this will surely give your taste buds a ride. The ingredients aren’t difficult to find; some may already be kitchen staples too. Have fun making this like I did.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup smooth Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 pounds chicken thighs (or legs)
  • Salt
  • Slivered Almonds
  • 2 sprigs rosemary or Italian parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced

Description

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In the meantime, prepare a large bowl and throw in the honey and olive oil. Next, add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. If the seasoning isn’t quite adequate, add more salt and the mustard until the desired flavor is achieved.
  2. Season the chicken thighs lightly and arrange them skin-side up in a shallow casserole dish. Massage the honey mustard sauce over the chicken. Add the rosemary sprigs in between the chicken pieces.
  3. Add your sliced bell pepper and silvered almonds.
  4. Place the casserole in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. Insert the meat thermometer needle in one piece and watch if the temperature reaches 175 °. The juice would probably run clear once you’ve pierced the chicken. When done, remove the casserole and scoop out the excess fat.
  5. Sprinkle some freshly ground pepper before your serve. Best served hot.

Baked Chicken Thighs with Herbs

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I am the testament that chicken can be cooked best when baked. Fried chicken is good and I have nothing against them especially on days when I don’t feel like cooking and pizza just won’t get it done sometimes (I know you get what I mean). So I order in a big tub of fried chicken. But that doesn’t happen often.

I stand by my belief that baking chicken makes it moister on the inside which is more important than having the crisp on the first bite. Why do I say that? A perfectly moist chicken makes you want to eat all of it. The crisp works only after a first few bites. When the crunch is gone, it’s goodbye to the rest of the meat.

Trust me, I have had to finish off plenty of chicken pieces with the skins gone. Baking it with lemon and the right herbs would bring out its essence especially when you’re generous with the lemon. When the baking is done, the aroma of lemon combined with herb would lift up many down spirits any time of the day.

Ingredients

  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • Coarse salt or sea salt
  • 3 to 4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 chicken thighs, trimmed of fat, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 2 large lemons, each cut into six 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary, snipped into twelve 2-inch pieces
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, snipped into twelve 2-inch pieces
  • 12 sage leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Description

  1. Begin by mashing up garlic with a pinch of salt using a mortar and pestle. You do this in order to create a coarse paste. Using the back of the spoon and a small mixing bowl would do the same trick. Add in the oil very slowly in drops as you pound and grind on the paste. Continue to do this until the allioli is thick, creamy and emulsified. Put the chicken in a bowl and rub this allioli all over. Rub it under the skin as well. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat up your oven to 425°F and set an oven rack in the middle. Using a large shallow roasting pan or a 9x13x2 inches baking dish, arrange lemon slices in one layer. Top each lemon slice with a piece of rosemary, thyme and sage leaf. Set the chicken thighs skin side up. Sprinkle the top with salt and pepper. Place it on the baking oven until the skin is golden and juices are clear. That usually takes 45 minutes to an hour.
  3. A lot of times, both the lemon and chicken would produce a lot of juice but you can create a delicious pan sauce out of that. Remove chicken from the pan. Transfer the lemon and herbs to a plate and place chicken on top. Cover it loosely with foil. Using a small skillet, heat up the juice until it thickens to a saucy consistency. Drizzle on the sauce around the chicken (and not on top) to maintain its crisp skin when served.
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