Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Recipe

This sounds easy and full of taste.

Mustard Chicken

 Ten Dollar Dinners:  Melissa d'Arabian

Using Dijon mustard is very common in classic French cooking. It’s a flavorful way to build an elegant and interesting sauce for very little expense. Bold Dijon mustard gives the sauce for braised chicken depth and character and a surprising creaminess. If you don’t already have Dijon mustard in your pantry, it’s a worthy addition to your shopping list. 
 Mustard Chicken photo
Serves 4



  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs (about
  • 8), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound white button mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 tomato, cored, halved, and chopped, or 3/4 cup canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth, plus extra if needed
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream


  • 1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the chicken on a cutting board and remove and discard the skin. Season the meat with the salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the thighs, smooth side down, and cook until browned, about 4 minutes. Turn over the thighs and brown the other side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • 2 Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil along with the onion and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes, and then add the tomato and flour and cook, stirring, until the tomato begins to break down, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tarragon. Raise the heat and pour in the wine, letting it simmer for 1 minute before returning the chicken to the pot. Pour in enough broth to reach halfway up the sides of the chicken, then cover the pot and place it in the oven to braise, until the chicken pulls away from the bone easily, about 45 minutes, removing the lid halfway through cooking.
  • 3 Remove the pot from the oven, use tongs to transfer the chicken to a plate, and set aside. Add the mustard and sour cream (if using) to the sauce and stir to combine. Then return the chicken to the pot and cook for about 5 minutes to bring the flavors together before serving.
Have a great weekend


  1. Hi Jo - couldn't agree more re mustard ... I now-a-days don't use it often, but do have Dijon mustard ready to go ... A good casserole just makes Autumn evenings have a good end ... cheers Hilary

    1. I love rabbit with mustard. Haven't eaten that in years though, not since I lived in Kent.

  2. This sounds great! I'd use chicken breasts though b/c I don't eat dark meat. I used to get a fabulous Dijon Chicken at my fave restaurant in Tacoma, WA, all the time. My friend and coworker, who cooks, reverse engineered it and wrote down how she thought it was made. She did a great job figuring it out b/c what I make sure tastes like the restaurant's!

    1. Pity JoJo, dark meat is so full of flavour. Sounds like you have a good recipe anyway.

  3. I love cooking with mustard. It adds great flavor and it's good - or at least not at all bad - for you.

    1. You are right Robyn. It isn't bad for you.

  4. I like using different mustards for marinating meats. Adds such a nice flavor.