Mustard & Herbs de Provence Chicken Thighs
Crispy Chicken Thighs baked with Dijon Mustard & Herbs de Provence
If you like chicken wings, but always wish there was more meat, then the chicken thigh is for you. The chicken thigh is a mix or dark and light meat, which means it retains it juices, stays moist and has lots of flavor. When you cook meat with the bone in, you gain additional health benefits and flavor that is transferred to the meat during the cooking process.
The added benefit of cooking meat with bones is that you can stock pile them for a rainy day bone broth.
Simply wash of the bones after you’ve enjoyed your chicken thighs. Pat the bones dry. Place in a freezer Ziploc bag or secured container and place in the freezer for up to 6 months. Once your freezer size one-gallon Ziploc bag is full of bones, your ready to make a batch of broth. A one-gallon freezer bag of bones equals two chicken carcasses, the amount you need to do a proper pot of bone broth.
Back to the chicken thighs…
The flavor with the mustard and herbs provides so much depth; you can taste the herbs and sweet Dijon mustard whether enjoying this dish hot or cold. It makes for great chicken leftovers you can enjoy on your own or in a salad. Here is what you will need:
10 Chicken Thighs
1 Tablespoon, 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard (or grain mustard if preferred)
3 T Herbs de Provence
1 tsp Sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If you have convection setting on your oven, you’ll want to turn it on. This will help your skin get extra crisp.
2. Pat dry the chicken thighs with a paper towels. Place parchment on baking sheet. If you have a baking cooling rack, you’ll want to place it on the baking sheet. This way the hot air will rotate around the chicken, the juices and fat will drip bellow, and you’ll get more crispy, flavorful chicken.
3. Rub a ½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard (or grain mustard if preferred), on each side of the chicken, then sprinkle generously with herbs de Provence and sea salt.
4. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- When purchasing your Dijon mustard or grain mustard, be sure to read the ingredients. Avoid mustards that use sugar or citric acid. I like Mustard & Co. Whole Foods Market, Mother’s Market and Erewhon sell brands that don’t have sugar.
- What is convection setting? This is a setting on most new models of luxury brand ovens. How is it different from bake mode? A fan in the back of the oven rotates the hot air. This allows for more browning. The result is that most food cooks faster, gets more browning, and in this case, more crispy skin.
- Remember, when making this dish (and with everything you cook) your ingredients matter. If you are using herbs de Provence your aunt bought you five years ago when she was in France, throw them away. They’ve lost their flavor. Herbs and spices should be used within one year of purchase for the best flavor and quality. I like the Frontier Co-Op brand Herbes de Provence which you can find at Whole Foods Market.
- Please choose the best quality chicken you have access to and that works within your budget. For this dish I use a Jidori chicken thighs I purchase at The Butchery in Newport Beach, California.
- Want to take your chicken thighs a step further and get them extra crispy? Bake them on a traditional baking cooling rack like this one. This way the hot air will rotate around the chicken, the juices and fat will drip bellow, and you’ll get more crispy, flavorful chicken. You can place your chopped vegetables below and have them roasting while you cook your chicken thighs.
Enjoy and please leave a comment if you make this at home.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Whitney Aronoff is a Natural Foods Chef based in Laguna Beach, California. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Communications, and went on to culinary school at The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York. She works as a personal chef and teaches cooking classes, with a focus on healthy, whole foods cooking. You can follow her food and travel adventures on Instagram at @WhitneyAronoff or on her website www.WhitneyAronoff.com.