Chicken Recipes To Try" Pinterest board F-O-R-E-V-E-R. I keep looking at it thinking it's just got to be amazing...or not. Now, I'm not a mustard fan, but my all-time favorite chicken recipe (Barbecued Herb-Mustard Chicken) uses mustard in its marinade, and I LOVE it. So I kept an open mind. My husband loves mustard, and since this is called "Man-Pleasing Chicken" he was really my target audience...you know...to wow him.
On the difficulty scale this ranks a 1 out of 10. You mix three ingredients in a pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper over your chicken, spoon the sauce over the chicken and bake. EASY. I had all the ingredients on hand too, so that was a plus.
The first thing I noticed was that my sauce was pretty watery. And not as smooth. The original recipe said it used Dijon mustard. And there are OODLES of consistencies with Dijon mustard. But since the recipe was adapted from a Trader Joe's one, I figured I was safe with my Trader Joe's brand which was simply called, "Dijon Mustard". As you can see, mine looks NOTHING like the picture from Pinterest. But I was willing to look past that, as taste is what it's all about.
So, here's the recipe:
(Witty in the City)
Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
Mix together in a bowl (or directly in the pan):
1/2 C dijon mustard
1/4 C maple syrup
1 TB rice wine vinegar
Place 1 1/2 lbs. of chicken thighs* in the baking dish and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
Pour or spoon the sauce over the chicken, turning the pieces until all are coated.
Bake for about 40 minutes** or until cooked through.
Garnish with fresh rosemary bits.
*OK...I didn't use thighs; I used boneless-skinless chicken breasts. Still, that wouldn't alter the taste test of the dish...just the tenderness of the chicken itself.
**40 minutes would have killed my boneless skinless breasts. Mine were done in about 15 minutes.
The results: I asked Brian to rate them on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the above-mentioned Barbecued Herb-Mustard chicken, and a 1 being the horrible chicken I made years ago that we dubbed "Hot Dog Chicken" because the chicken ended up tasting like a hot dog!! He gave it a 5. I gave it a 2. Now, in all fairness, I am not a mustard fan, and with mustard being the main ingredient out of 3 ingredients, it's very mustard-y! But man-pleasing it wasn't. With so many great recipes out there, there's no way I'm going to spend my time on a recipe with a combined score of 3.5/10.
****BUT**** this recipe wouldn't be getting so much attention on Pinterest if others didn't like it. Here are some of the (very mixed) reviews I found for this recipe:
Made this last night...def a man pleaser!
This is seriously ridiculously amazing. I made it a couple weeks ago and HAVE to make again real soon, so so so goooood!
I tried this recipe to the letter, and I want to caution that if you
don't LOVE the very strong taste of mustard this recipe isn't for you.
My whole family said it was unedible. The picture is so misleading!!
I like mustard but you have to love it to like this chicken-- just put
mine in fridge hoping I could find someone who will eat it so I'm not
wasting food! This didn't please my man or my children- when all of them
will eat mustard- this is the third recipe I've tried when people say
it is the "best" and I have learned everyone has extremely different
Overpowering dijon mustard. tried it. not a fan
I made this for dinner the other night and my family hated it. Even my
"I'll eat anything" husband. I like mustard...I thought it was ok. First
recipe I've found on Pinterest that was a flop. :/
I made this and my husband actually like it and he is not much on chicken
Made this and it was amazing...used honey mustard.
My boyfriend loved it!
Made this last night...really gross
I thought it was pretty gross too. My husband didn't like it either, I'll never make it again.
Just was not that good. We ate it, but hubby asked me not to cook it again. lol!! That's the truth.
I made this for my 25 year old son - He Loved IT!!! Very good and very easy...It's a keeper!
This recipe is AWESOME! My husband and I loved it!