In Seattle, the weather is mild enough to grill year-round (and we do), but when spring approaches we are even more inspired to take our cooking outdoors. This grilled mustard-rosemary chicken has been a staple for us for oh-so-many years. It goes seemingly with every side dish imaginable and is especially wonderful with a bread salad. And if you don't have a grill--no worries--I've also included instructions for broiling the chicken, which we do on occasion as well.
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I think the secret to this marinade is a trio of strong flavors: mustard, lemon, and soy--and their proportions. The mustard helps emulsify the oil, which gives the marinade a thick, creamy texture. The result is a tangy, flavorful coating on the chicken that also penetrates the meat.
...and whisk in the oil thoroughly until the marinade has a thick, creamy consistency. The mustard works to emulsify the oil, which thickens the mixture, similar to what happens in mayonnaise (egg yolks are also an emulsifier).
11) Put 3 to 4 pounds of chicken in a non-reactive container and pour the marinade over (I'm using about 3 1/2 pounds of chicken breasts here.)
14) Grill the chicken pieces until the juices run clear (if you've got an instant-read thermometer, grill until the thermometer reads 160 degrees F. when inserted into the thickest part of a chicken piece).
Note: you can also broil the marinated chicken. The following "two tiered" broiling procedure is adapted from Cooks Illustrated:
- Adjust your oven racks so that there is a bottom rack about 12 to 13 inches from the broiler element and an upper rack that is 5 to 6 inches from the element.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Line the bottom of a broiler pan with foil and fit the pan with the broiler-pan top.
- Place the chicken skin-side down on the broiler pan.
- Broil the chicken on the bottom rack until it begins to brown (12 to 16 minutes).
- Turn the chicken so that it is skin-side up.
- Return the chicken on the bottom rack. Continue to broil the skin-up chicken until the skin is browned (if you've got an instant-read thermometer, cook until it reads 160 degrees F. when inserted into the thickest part of a chicken piece).
- Finish the chicken by moving it to the upper rack and broiling it until the skin is dark-spotty-brown, about 1 minute.
Grilled Mustard-Rosemary Chicken
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoons soy sauce
2 T. olive oil
3 to 4 pound chicken, cut up (or equivalent assortment of chicken pieces)
Whisk together first 6 ingredients. Whisk in olive oil thoroughly until the mixture emulsifies (it should be thick and slightly creamy). Combine the chicken pieces and the marinade so that all the pieces are well-coated with the marinade. Marinate at least 4 hours--or up to 24 hours. Grill or broil the chicken.
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