Mustard crusted chicken roast is the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. The chicken is crusted with an Indian spiced home made grainy mustard that seals the meat and makes the chicken roast extra succulent! It barely takes any active effort once you put it in the oven and can be the best way to ring an easy and stress free holiday. Also, absolute perfection for the traditional Sunday lunches or family gatherings. Recipe with step by step pictures.
Sunday came quietly. It almost sneaked in upon us while we were sleeping. Sadly though soon it was morning and life had to go on. I had spent the better part of last week lamenting over the US election results. It really doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I am a liberal or Democrat. I just couldn’t get over it. But you know what? Sunday is Sunday and it demands something special.
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We had a pretty good day though. Woke up late still remained under the blankets, cuddled with D for an extra 30 mins. Drank some coffee. Got D up. We had a twirling session early on with her giggles ringing in my ears. Her best friend came over. Both snacked on moscato grapes while i got breakfast ready. Both fought for 2 mins. Both made up when I looked at them. We had some super delicious Nutella crepe for breakfast. We devoured every last bite of them. D had mangoes on the side.
I suddenly remembered I had marinated yogurt all over the chicken last night. I left the Sunday paper and got to work. First things first,I took the chicken out of the refrigerator. I dillied and dallied over the chicken. I thank about what I want. From life. Not just this chicken. Couldn’t reach any conclusion so I stopped thinking about life. I focused on the chicken instead.
From somewhere a memory rose of a mustard perfumed kitchen. A home filled with the aroma of fish frying in mustard oil and mustard paste. A memory of home. I closed my eyes and let that memory wrap me up. I opened my eyes. I knew what I wanted. from the chicken and out of my life.
For now, I wanted to make this incredibly aromatic mustard crusted chicken roast. I wanted to take every moment as it came from life. I wanted to be grateful for every morsel of food I put on my table. I wanted to feel happy about everything I cooked.
I knew this mustard crusted chicken roast was the perfect recipe for happiness. It was soul food. After all it had its roots in my family.
The dish itself was quite easy. The grainy mustard paste is something I can make in my sleep so many times have I seen my granny and mom make it. I have made it for the coconut milk fish curry too. Almost that. This one was going to be just a tad different. Mustard is really pungent and tends to get bitter while grinding. To avoid that, add some turmeric and salt while grinding. The paste in basically black and yellow mustard seeds ground up with a whole head of garlic, 8 green chilies and about 20 curry leaves. Thats it. The mustard to be crusted on the chicken is ready.
Next all you need to do to make this extremely moist and flavorful mustard crusted chicken roast is just make a thick layer of this mustard paste all over the chicken, tie the legs up with a twine, stuff the chicken with lemon halves and herbs and out it into the oven for 70 -75 mins! Result?
Well its here for you to see!! The chicken is just amazingly tender and juicy. The skin crisped up and beautifully golden, the meat succulent and slightly pungent from the mustard, beautifully crispy from the butter basting and just beautiful to eat. I serve this with an extremely easy spiced orange sauce and some of our family favorite baked mashed potatoes with peas, whiskey and honey roasted carrots and mushroom spaghetti aglio e olio. Or how bout just these amazing smashed potatoes with brown butter mushroom and cranberry chutney when you have guests over!!?? Or may be just the mustard crusted chicken roast and these epic garlic honey lime roasted potatoes that can roast along with the chicken!!??? Brilliant!
Could it get any more perfect than this!?I don’t think so. Unless you decide to finish this all off with this gorgeous saffron honey pannacotta and a lavish meal fit for the best of guests at home is ready! Don’t forget to crust the chicken well with the mustard paste.
The mustard crusted chicken roast will be quite a sight to behold when you serve. I garnish this very simply with some fresh coriander and the orange sauce. The mustard crusted chicken roast in itself is flavorful enough to not want a lot of garnishing. So keep things simple and just enjoy this mustard crusted chicken roast which like the best of all things is simply soulful.
Usually Sunday is poached eggs and the Sunday newspaper, an extra 30 mins under the blankets and long hot afternoon baths. But after today, Sunday is also going to be this mustard crusted chicken roast.