Ina Garten's Mustard Roasted Chicken is tender and succulent with a crunchy mustard and thyme crumb coating ~ it's become a favorite in our house!
2chicken breasts and 2 whole leg/thighsbone in, skin on
4peeled garlic cloves
a small handful fresh thyme leaves
zest of one lemon
1 1/2tspsaltmore or less to taste
1tspfreshly cracked black pepper
2cupsfresh breadcrumbs *
Put the chicken pieces in a large zip lock baggie or other container. Mix the buttermilk and the mustard and pour over the chicken. Coat all the surfaces, and marinate, tightly covered, for a couple of hours or overnight.
Set oven to 400F
Set up a food processor fitted with the metal blade. With the machine going, drop in the garlic cloves to mince them. Turn off the machine and add the crumbs, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper to the bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil and pulse the machine to combine everything.
Put the crumbs into a pie plate, or other wide shallow bowl, and press each piece of chicken, skin side down, into the crumbs. The marinade will help the crumbs adhere to the meat. Press the crumbs in with your hands to completely coat the top. Set the chicken down --- crumb side up --- on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet. Press any remaining crumbs onto the bare spots on the chicken. Don't waste any!
Bake the chicken for about 40 minutes, until the topping is browned and the chicken is cooked through. I ran mine under the broiler at the very end to get a little more color.