#20: Dijon Mustard Chicken

I grew up eating my mom's famous honey mustard chicken drumsticks. To this day they reign supreme in our family's secret recipes. I was craving zesty mustard the other day and decided to make them. The problem was that I didn't want the added sugar/fructose from the honey. I still had this intense craving for mustard so I went to the drawing board and created my own version. You can be sure that I am going to bring this new recipe to the next family gathering to show up my mom's version! 

A note on mustard. Mustard is one of those tricky foods that could have hidden gluten in it because some brands use "mustard flour" which actually has wheat flour in it. It's the manufacturer's way of saving money. That's why it is really important to buy a mustard that specifically says gluten free on the label. My absolute favorite is Organicville Dijon Mustard. I've included a picture of the marinade below so you can see what the ratio of onions to mustard should look like. Enjoy making and eating this finger-lickin chicken recipe and invite me over next time you make it!

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 organic chicken drumsticks 
  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion
  • 1 Tbs gluten free dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 3 Tbs cold pressed olive oil
  • sea salt + fresh ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • In a small bowl add the dijon mustard, thyme, juice of 1 lemon, olive oil and a generous amount of sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Mix quickly with a fork until it becomes thick and emulsified. 
  • Finely chop the onion and add it to the mustard mixture. It should look something like the picture here.
  • Lay the chicken drumsticks evenly on a baking sheet or casserole pan. You can line the pan with non-chlorinated parchment paper for easy cleanup!
  • Spread the mustard and onion mixture evenly over the chicken and place in the hot oven.
  • Cook for 30-40 minutes or until nicely golden brown. There is no need to turn these over during cooking. 
  • Serve immediately and enjoy or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

NOTE: You do not have to use chicken drumsticks. You can use this marinade on thighs or the whole chicken cut up into parts. It would probably taste delicious on a pork chop too!