Saturday, December 7, 2013

Roasted Chicken with Mustard, Fresh Basil and Garlic

Roasted chicken seems to be a favourite with most people. Especially children, they would seem very happy when they see a whole roasted chicken being served at the dinner table, and would be waiting eagerly for that first cut of drumstick!

The festive Christmas is coming soon, roasted chicken is a superb meal to serve to family and guests. Nobody would say no to tender roasted chicken, served with some favourite side dish.
My favourite part of any cooked chicken are the wings! What's yours?
I served this with some warm potato salad and some greens. Yummilicious!

Each year my siblings and I, would celebrate Christmas over at my younger sister's place. We would sometimes have roasted turkey with stuffings or roasted chicken, whatever we chose to make, everyone will be eagerly waiting for dinner (and the presents, of course!) with the same question every other minute or so,  "are the roasts ready?" !!  

Dijon Mustard

Roasted Chicken with Mustard, Fresh Basil and Garlic
(adapted from "Fifty Shades of Chicken")
1 (3-1/2 to 4-pound) chicken, patted dry with paper towels
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  1. Rub the chicken all over, including the cavity, with the salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the mustard, basil, and garlic and slap it hard onto the bird everywhere you just rubbed the salt and pepper. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400F. Place a rack in a roasting pan.
  4. Carefully lay the bird on the rack, breast side down. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Roast for 30 minutes. Thrust a wooden spoon into the chicken cavity and flip the bird over so the breasts are up, drizzle with the remaining oil. Continue to roast until the bird is golden brown and quite done, about 30 to 40 minutes longer. Enjoy.

I am submitting this post to "Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipe Collection 2013" event hosted by Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out.

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  1. This is sheer delight to the taste buds. Roast Chicken Looks wonderful.

  2. Ohh this looks simply marvelous! I ready to tuck in!
    Mary x

  3. sounds delicious..joyce and the funny thing is when i saw your roast chicken, i suddenly thought of phong hong :)

  4. I much prefer roast chicken to turkey any day and will always have the wings first. Looks scrumptious.

  5. This sounds really delicious, Joyce! I never would've thought to add Dijon mustard to chicken before roasting. And to let it stand a while to absorb the flavors, great idea! This is a must try! I like the wings best also!

  6. Hi Joyce , love roast chicken , I use Dijon mustard on everything sna it do give the chicken a delicious taste , thanks for sharing :)

  7. Yummilicious!!
    I can smell Christmas is around the corner,when i see your tender roasted chicken.
    love it ,thanks for sharing such a marvelous roasts:)

    one question ,how is the Dijon mustard looks like ? pls,

    1. I have updated my post with the photo of the Dijon Mustard. I bought it from Cold Storage. Yes indeed, roasts chicken are always perfect for Christmas!
      Thank you for stopping by!

    2. now I know how is the Dijon Mustard looks like ,thanks !
      will have a try for this roasts,thanks again for sharing !

  8. chicken!!! yeah!! i love anything birds!!! ヾ(^-^)ノ yet another recipe into my folder!

  9. My favorite are the wings too, Joyce. It's a funny thing though, I much prefer the wings on a roasted chicken more than I do when they are cooked by themselves:)

    Nothing beats a crispy roasted chicken and yours sounds amazing!!! The mustard is a wonderful touch and who could refuse basil and garlic, lol...

    I love reading about your Christmas memories, Joyce...Thank you so much for sharing...

  10. Hi Joyce. I'm so inspired by this and I'm going to do it.

  11. Hi Joyce, thanks so much for linking this to my Christmas event. Roast chicken is also something we always do during Christmas time, much easier. My fav part is the chicken breast.. hehe!

  12. Hi Joyce, I love the chicken thigh. Please reserve that part for me, hehe!

  13. Se ve muy exquisita la preparaciòn de su pollo un trozo para mì tambièn,abrazos.

  14. I prefer the chicken thighs or the breast. Nice idea, with the mustard!

  15. Oh, the chicken has such a great color!

  16. I think mustard, basil and garlic makes the aroma of this chicken totally irresistable.. i can smell it from here!

  17. Joyce, I must get Dijon mustard on my next visit to Cold Storage! Your roast chicken is all shiny and juicy and I can't wait to try it. My favorite part is the thigh, no, make it the whole leg!

  18. What delicious flavors in this roasted chicken! Love the Dijon mustard and basil. Great recipe, Joyce!

  19. Good morning Joyce! Oh, tell me about it, we all love roasted chicken, hahaha! I'm salivating now, need some tissues to wipe away my saliva!

  20. Hi Joyce,

    I can imagine celebrating Christmas with a big family must be really fun! Really envy you... It has been quiet this year in Melbourne as there is only 3 of us :p

    You are spoiling your family with this delicious roasted chicken!!! With potato salad and greens... Perfect!


  21. Yummy! Long time since I last roasted a chicken cos two of my boys not at home now...leftovers are not very popular here:S

  22. Joyce, I too am a roast chicken lover. And I absolutely love how juicy and moist and full of flavour your roast chicken looks. I'm certain it is gone in no time, right? Now I'm salivating for some pre-Christmas roast chicken!! :)

  23. Joyce,
    My family is a fan of roast chicken.
    Your roast chicken sure looks inviting with shining skin and juicy meat.
    Drooling now :p