Chicken is such a versatile meat and baking it is one of the simplest ways to cook it. If you want to try a delicious baked chicken recipe, what about using honey to add sweetness to the bird? There are lots of different ingredients you can use if you want to bake your chicken but honey is certainly one of the most flavorful.
Actually, this ingredient is used in a lot of similar recipes to add a distinctive flavor as well as the sweetness you would expect. If you have never made a savory recipe with it, try this one. Most people have tried savory foods with honey in them. If you enjoy honey mustard dressing for example, you will love the flavor of the following recipe. It is also great in sweet recipes like honey cake or honey cookies.
The Difference Between Baking and Roasting
The two cooking methods are similar but baking usually refers to chicken pieces whereas roasting refers to a whole bird. The meat can be boneless or bone-in, skinless or with the skin on. Baked chicken is usually coated before you bake it and you can use various sauces, herbs, spices, or breadcrumbs.
Some baked meat or poultry recipes also call for potatoes or vegetables. You can use a whole chicken cut into pieces or just breast or just thigh. Thigh is usually more moist and succulent than breast, since it contains more fat, but it depends what you like. Some people only like the breast meat and if you cook it properly it will not dry out.
Tips for Beautiful Baked Bird
The pan you use for cooking needs to be big enough for the meat pieces not to touch one another. This lets it cook and brown evenly. Some recipes will call for the meat to be turned once during the cooking process and others will not.
The poultry must cook until the juices run clear when you pierce it with a knife. The cooking time depends on the recipe, the amount of meat and the other ingredients used. If some pieces are cooked before others, you can remove those and keep them warm by putting aluminum foil over them until everything is done.
The Recipe, Step by Step
The following recipe makes enough for six people and you can serve it with mashed potatoes or rice. There are only six ingredients in this recipe but do not be deceived by that. The taste is perfectly balanced and really mouthwatering. Use mild or hot curry powder depending on your personal preference.
What you will need:
- 3 lbs chicken pieces
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
How to make it:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange the chicken skin side up in a shallow baking pan. Stir together the honey, butter, curry powder, salt and mustard and pour this over the meat. Bake for about seventy five minutes, basting the bird every fifteen minutes until it is golden brown and tender.