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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner-Mustard and Balsamic

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Chicken in Marinade for 1/2 hour

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Chicken finished cooking

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plated chicken

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Lemon and chopped Rosemary

IMG_7545 I made this for dinner the other night and I have to say it was very delicious. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, of course you can use any cut of chicken you’d like.  All I needed was the chicken and the fresh rosemary.  I had all the other ingredients on hand. You will need to marinate for about 1/2 hour and cooking time is about an hour, no need to marinate over night which is part of what I loved about this recipe.  Balsamic Vinegar and Dijon Mustard and a few other easily obtainable ingredients make this a no fuss recipe.  This recipe is for 8 boneless skinless thighs but feel free to double it up, I used about 10 thighs . It would be perfect on the grill as well. I used my oven and I have to say we both loved this recipe.

The chicken would also be wonderful on day 2 as a leftover in a salad!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

8 boneless chicken thighs

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard ( make it heaping)

1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 cup of Olive Oil

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice ( I average lemon)

2 Tbsp. Fresh Rosemary chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

app.  1/4 tsp. of kosher salt, I just sprinkled lightly over the chicken and about 6 grinds on the pepper mill. If you’re doubling recipe you will obviously need more salt and pepper

Directions:

In a bowl, combine the mustard, vinegar, garlic, rosemary and lemon juice. Slowly add in the olive oil with the mixture while you whisk–to emulsify.

Place the chicken in a container or Pyrex  (don’t use metal). I sprinkled about 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt over the chicken tops.  Pour the marinade over the chicken. I left it out for 1/2 hour and let it marinate, you can refrigerate it.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Transfer the chicken to a sprayed ( cooking spray ) baking dish and empty any remaining sauce on top of it.

Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour , or until the chicken is cooked through. It got a nice crust without drying out the chicken after one hour. Depending on your oven and the size of your chicken 1 hour should do it. If you’re working with breasts you’ll have to cut into chicken after 50 minutes to check for doneness depending on the size of your breasts. Haven’t tried it on the grill yet but I can’t imagine this would be anything but delicious, just don’t burn it up!!!!!!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner-Mustard and Balsamic

IMG_7542

Chicken in Marinade for 1/2 hour


IMG_7548

Chicken finished cooking


IMG_7553 (2)

plated chicken


IMG_7538

Lemon and chopped Rosemary

IMG_7545 I made this for dinner the other night and I have to say it was very delicious. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs, of course you can use any cut of chicken you’d like.  All I needed was the chicken and the fresh rosemary.  I had all the other ingredients on hand. You will need to marinate for about 1/2 hour and cooking time is about an hour, no need to marinate over night which is part of what I loved about this recipe.  Balsamic Vinegar and Dijon Mustard and a few other easily obtainable ingredients make this a no fuss recipe.  This recipe is for 8 boneless skinless thighs but feel free to double it up, I used about 10 thighs . It would be perfect on the grill as well. I used my oven and I have to say we both loved this recipe.

The chicken would also be wonderful on day 2 as a leftover in a salad!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

8 boneless chicken thighs

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard ( make it heaping)

1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 cup of Olive Oil

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice ( I average lemon)

2 Tbsp. Fresh Rosemary chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

app.  1/4 tsp. of kosher salt, I just sprinkled lightly over the chicken and about 6 grinds on the pepper mill. If you’re doubling recipe you will obviously need more salt and pepper

Directions:

In a bowl, combine the mustard, vinegar, garlic, rosemary and lemon juice. Slowly add in the olive oil with the mixture while you whisk–to emulsify.

Place the chicken in a container or Pyrex  (don’t use metal). I sprinkled about 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt over the chicken tops.  Pour the marinade over the chicken. I left it out for 1/2 hour and let it marinate, you can refrigerate it.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Transfer the chicken to a sprayed ( cooking spray ) baking dish and empty any remaining sauce on top of it.

Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour , or until the chicken is cooked through. It got a nice crust without drying out the chicken after one hour. Depending on your oven and the size of your chicken 1 hour should do it. If you’re working with breasts you’ll have to cut into chicken after 50 minutes to check for doneness depending on the size of your breasts. Haven’t tried it on the grill yet but I can’t imagine this would be anything but delicious, just don’t burn it up!!!!!!

Lemony Chicken Thighs–Pan Roasted

photo 2 (11)photo 2 (12)photo 1 (18)photo 4 (7)I made this for dinner the other night and it was absolutely delicious , it is a bit complicated sounding but honestly it wasn’t .  This recipe is really all in the technique of pan roasting. You will cook the thighs skin side down in a cast iron skillet or a Le Creuset type of pan. The fat from chicken will render out and make the skin nice and crispy. It just was a lot of in and out of oven onto stove-top kind of thing. Worth the effort for sure. I served with brown rice and burnt broccoli . If you’re feeling ambitious give it a go.

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 lemons, 1 lemon will be sliced thinly and other lemon you’ll just need about a quarter of.

4 large or 8 small skin-on boneless chicken thighs

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

2 teaspoons olive oil

3 sprigs oregano

1 tablespoon minced shallot

1/2 garlic clove, minced

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup dry white wine

1/2 cup chicken broth

Directions:

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Slice up  1 lemon thinly, discard all pits. Cut up the second lemon into wedges, you’ll only need 1 wedge. Dry and pat chicken with paper towels, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Spray your pan with Pam and 1 – 2 teaspoons olive oil.  I heated up oil a little bit at medium-high heat and added chicken side down, letting skin render and brown ,cooking on medium-high for about ten minutes. Nestle chicken thighs in to the pot as pictured.  Don’t play around with chicken while its browning.

I then removed chicken to a warm plate using tongs, a fork will pierce the skin and let go of some of those wonderful juices.  ( heat the plate  in microwave for 1 minute) I poured off excess fat from pan and kept a thin coating of oil placed 1/2 of lemon slices on bottom of pan and placed chicken back in skin-side down and scattered other 1/2 of lemon slices over the chicken. The slices on the bottom of the pan will caramelize and the ones on top of chicken will soften. Transfer skillet to oven , leaving chicken skin side down. Roast until chicken is almost cooked through about 8 more minutes.

I then removed chicken again from pan onto a plate skin side up, remove lemon slices from bottom of pan as well. Return skillet to stove top and at medium heat add oregano sprigs, shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes, cook, stirring frequently for about a minute. Add wine, cook down for about 2 minutes, add broth and cook for another 3 minutes or so. Squeeze one of the lemon wedges from second lemon and season sauce with salt, pepper and juice from another lemon wedge if desired for a very lemony flavor. Return chicken to skillet skin side up and place back in oven till skin crisps up , I probably cooked for another 13 – 15 minutes, checked internal temperature with a meat thermometer for 165 degrees. Skin should be crispy not blackened, if temperature is too high you can lower to 425 degrees.

* if you don’t want to do sauce and just want to pan roast chicken thighs. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat , heat till oil is hot not smoking. Nestle chicken in pan, skin side down and cook for a few minutes. Reduce heat to medium , continue cooking skin side down, until fat renders and  skin is golden brown , about 12- 15 minutes. Then transfer to hot oven and cook for another 13 minutes or so. Flip chicken, continue cooking until skin crisps and meat is cooked ( 165 degrees) , this should take between 5 – 8 minutes.

I served over brown rice but any rice will do . Add caramelized lemon slices to top of chicken before serving.