Lee Bailey’s Good Parties has incredible photographs, delicious recipes, elegant ideas and great party giving advice. Many of the recipes are a little dated (or are they just Southern style?), but some are timeless. I have made Yogurt-Green Peppercorn Mustard Chicken many times, but now add other flavorings to the yogurt. What is good about this recipe is its technique and the way the chicken becomes tender and juicy because of the way the acidity of the yogurt reacts with the meat. L really HATES yogurt, but is totally fine with it on the chicken. There is no residual taste or texture of the yogurt.
In fact, you can use the cooking technique, below, without a yogurt slather, if you just want a very simple baked chicken.
The technique is basically this: take a whole cut up chicken (or the parts you like), slather the chicken with a mixture of yogurt and flavorings. Put it in a pan. Cook it at 375 for a little over 1/2 hour(or so). Turn off the oven and leave the oven door closed (no peeking) for another hour. Your chicken is ready. Great flavor. Crisp skin. Ridiculously easy.
Lee Bailey would no doubt be embarrassed by my photography, but looks are deceiving. All of us love this chicken.
Here’s how I made mine for tonight.
Yogurt and Mustard Chicken with Honey and Herbs
Adapted from Good Parties, by Lee Bailey
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. herbes de provence
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine yogurt, mustard, honey, herbes, pepper and salt in a small bowl. Line a 13 X 9 inch pan with foil (or just spray the pan with cooking spray). Arrange chicken in the pan skin side down. Coat chicken with 1/2 of the yogurt mixture. Turn the chicken skin side up. Coat with the remaining yogurt mixture.
Bake chicken in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Turn the oven off (this is easy to do if you have an oven that has a “cook time” mode – the oven will turn itself off!). Do not open the door. Keep the chicken in the oven without opening the oven door for another hour, or longer.
Serve with whatever suits your fancy. We had it with potatoes, sweet potatoes and sauteed kale.