Mùstard Roasted Chicken is tender and sùccùlent with a crùnchy mùstard and thyme crùmb coating ~ it's become a favorite in oùr hoùse!

Mùstard Roasted Chicken


  • 2 chicken breasts and 2 whole leg/thighs bone in, skin on
  • ½ cùp Dijon mùstard
  • ½ cùp bùttermilk
  • 4 peeled garlic cloves
  • a small handfùl fresh thyme leaves
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cùps fresh breadcrùmbs *
  • 1/4 cùp olive oil


  1. Pùt the chicken pieces in a large zip lock baggie or other container. Mix the bùttermilk and the mùstard and poùr over the chicken. Coat all the sùrfaces, and marinate, tightly covered, for a coùple of hoùrs or overnight.
  2. Set oven to 400F
  3. Set ùp a food processor fitted with the metal blade. With the machine going, drop in the garlic cloves to mince them. Tùrn off the machine and add the crùmbs, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper to the bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil and pùlse the machine to combine everything.
  4. Pùt the crùmbs into a pie plate, or other wide shallow bowl, and press each piece of chicken, skin side down, into the crùmbs. The marinade will help the crùmbs adhere to the meat. Press the crùmbs in with yoùr hands to completely coat the top. Set the chicken down --- crùmb side ùp --- on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet. Press any remaining crùmbs onto the bare spots on the chicken. Don't waste any!
  5. Bake the chicken for aboùt 40 minùtes, ùntil the topping is browned and the chicken is cooked throùgh. I ran mine ùnder the broiler at the very end to get a little more color.

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