Thursday, 16 July 2015

Mustard and Pomegranate Baked Chicken

Quick, easy, fuss free and the oven does all the hard work, that's the sort of dish I'm after a long day at  work. I still want to eat well, but I just haven't got the energy to be slaving over the stove. I've found that a bit of preparation goes a long way, meat seasoned the night before and quick accompaniments makes an otherwise stressful midweek meal to stress-free heaven. I'm sure most of you have tried honey and mustard chicken before, this is that dish, but given an exotic twist with the addition of pomegranate seeds. I adore pomegranate seeds and many people are surprised to know that pomegranates grow in the Caribbean so this is something I have eaten since a child. I often chuck a handful over cooked chicken to add a sweet taste to the ol bird. With this evening meal, I added the pomegranate seeds 5 minutes before the cooking time had completed. The result is a spicy, sweet and fruity evening meal.
Here is how my Mustard and Pomegranate Baked Chicken. 
Mustard and Pomegranate Baked Chicken.

Mustard and Pomegranate Baked Chicken.

Mustard and Pomegranate Baked Chicken.

Recipe adapted from Leiths How to Cook.
Serves 4
30g butter, softened.
2tbsp Dijon mustard.
1tsp caster sugar.
1tsp paprika.
1/2 lemon.
8 chicken pieces.
80g pomegranate seeds.

Heat the oven to 200C/Gas mark 6
Put the butter, mustard, sugar and paprika in a small bowl. Juice the 1/2 lemon, add to the bowl and mix to a smooth paste. Arrange the chicken pieces skin side down in a shallow roasting tin.
Spread half of the mustard paste over the chicken pieces. Season well with salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 15 minutes
Turn the chicken pieces over to skin side up, spread with the remaining mustard paste and sprinkle with pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. To check that the chicken is cooked, remove the piece to a plate and cut down to the bone on the non-skin side; the juices should run clear. 5 minutes before the end of the cooking time, scatter the pomegranate seeds over the chicken pieces.
Arrange the chicken pieces on a serving dish. Pour over any pan juices.


1 comment

  1. Looks FAB and ingredients easily available!


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