Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Honey Mustard Chicken

What could be better on a thunderstormy night, when the dog is trying to make you protect him from the boomies going on in the sky outside, than a nice chicken dinner? And, of course, what's smarter than trying to use the oven when a 250+ pound scaredy-cat is cowering beside you?

After reading some of your comments on onions, I decided to follow Paula's suggestion, and pull one to use for a green onion. Of course, that made the little boys inclined to love this dinner, since they helped grow it. Don't tell them that one green onion with 4 poun
ds of chicken isn't much of a contribution; they're little kids! Well, maybe Ryan's not little, but I call him little.

4 pounds chicken
salt and pepper
garlic powder
1 tbsp butter
1 large green onion

1/3 cup honey
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp dried dill weed
1 tsp orange zest

Arrange the chicken pieces in a large baking dish, and season both sides with a small amount of salt and plenty of pepper and garlic powder. Bake at 350F until the chicken is almost done. Pour the pan juices into a measuring cup, and set aside. In a saucepan, melt
the butter. Add the green onion and orange zest, and saute for a minute or two, until the onion is soft but not browned. Whisk in the honey, mustard and dill weed, and heat through. Pour over the chicken, and return to the oven for 15 minutes.
For those of you who have family members who simply won't eat meat without some kind of gravy or sauce, take one cup of the reserved chicken broth, skim the fat off the top, and heat it in the same saucepan used to make the honey mustard sauce. Stir in 1 tbsp mustard and 2 tbsp honey. Whisk 2 tbsp cornstarch with 1/2 cup orange juice, and stir into the chicken broth mixture. Cook at low heat until it thickens, and add a bit more dill weed. When the chicken comes out, pour more of the pan drippings into the extra sauce, and serve on the side. Serve the chicken with rice and a nice green veggie (I chose broccoli) for color contrast.

This is my dearly beloved's plate; he's of the "There Must Be Gravy" school of thinking.

My dearly beloved thought the sauce was a little too bitter, which probably means he thought there was too much mustard in it. Ryan was unabashedly enthusiastic about how wonderful this chicken was; the others registered reactions between the two extremes. I believe they'd rate this as, "OK, you can make this again."


The Blonde Duck said...

I think Ben would adore this, esp. the gravy addition!

SissySees said...

Yum! Poor Thor... we haven't had storms, and I think you're getting even more rain than we are today, which is hard to imagine, but still...

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Your honey mustard chicken looks fantastic and I am keeping this one. the whole dinner looks fantastic. i enjoyed getting caught up. Man, your garden is coming in so good. I love that the little guys contributed to the meal with their bounty.

Christo Gonzales said...

hey it looks pretty good to me - and I like gravy too - who doesnt?

tavolini said...

It looks good to me...maybe add more honey for your hubby?

I, too, am a gravy fiend. I pretty much just dunk my thanksgiving dinner into a giant bowl of gravy ;)

Tatersmama said...

Looks yummy to me, and I love that the boys got to contribute some of their bounty!
That's probably what made it taste so good!

Paula said...

Ooooh, I LOVE what you did with that sauce. I just know that I would be guilty of licking the spoon on that sauce! Plus, the orange that you added is terrific. I'm so very, very glad that the boys were pleased with the use of their garden onion! Hope the storm front has completely passed you by, and that your 250 lb four-footed shadow is feeling more comfortable!

pam said...

I'm with your husband, the more sauce the better!

buffalodick said...

Mustard is funny sometimes..I first time I tried it, it was bitter! Later, I found longer cooking takes care of that, and now use it in my BB-Q "slather" step!

DayPhoto said...

THANK YOU! Thank you! I'm printing this and making it tonight!


Pam said...

I think it sounds delicious - I need to make more meals using gravy. Poor Thor - I bet the smells of this dinner made him feel better.

test it comm said...

The honey and mustard combo is a great one and I like the did in this one.