The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination. For me, the palate seems to enjoy the unique flavors of the seasons. When it comes to winter, my taste buds seem to take a holiday. Spicy summer sriracha tacos and cool guacamole turns to a boreal, hearty beef stew to warm the body’s core. But once in a while, I like to kick it up a notch in the winter with this sweet-spicy glazed chicken creation.
4 skin-on, bone in chicken breast halves
½ c. ground Dijon mustard
½ c. pure maple syrup
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
1 tbsp. curry powder
¼ tsp. cayenne
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350°. Using a 9x13 inch Pyrex or ceramic baking dish,
combine the maple syrup, mustard, curry powder, cayenne and butter. Bake on the middle rack for about 5 minutes
or until the butter is melted. Remove from oven and whisk ingredients together
in the baking dish to make the sauce.
Next, season the chicken with salt and pepper and then roll breasts in
the sauce. Be sure to spoon some sauce until the chicken skin. With the breast
side up, bake for approximately 45 minutes, basting every 10 minutes, until
chicken has a nice glaze and a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part
of the breast reaches 165°.
Remove from oven. Transfer chicken breasts to a clean cutting surface
and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut breasts from the bone. Place the breasts on a
bed of greens and grapes. Whisk pan sauce again and drizzle over chicken
breasts. Enjoy, JW