Chicken roasted with a layer of mustard, was incredibly moist and delicious, the flavors of thyme, garlic and lemon permeating the meat. And the fix — substituting fresh breadcrumbs for the panko and roasting at a slightly higher temperature for the entire time — made all the difference.

I really liked this chicken recipe. I have been looking for a new roasted chicken recipe for a while now and decided to give the one I am sharing with you all today a go. Packed full of flavor with a coating to die for! Check the recipe out and let me know if you decide to make it too.



  • Author: Bela
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: American


Ina Garten’s Mustard Roasted Chicken is tender and succulent with a crunchy mustard and thyme crumb coating ~ it’s become a favorite in our house!



  1. zest of one lemon
  2. ½ cup buttermilk
  3. 4 peeled garlic cloves
  4. 1/4 cup olive oil
  5. 2 chicken breasts and 2 whole leg/thighs bone in, skin on
  6. ½ cup Dijon mustard
  7. a small handful fresh thyme leaves
  8. 1 1/2 tsp salt more or less to taste
  9. 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  10. 2 cups fresh


  • Put the chicken pieces in a large zip lock baggie or other container. Mix the buttermilk and the mustard and pour over the chicken. Coat all the surfaces, and marinate, tightly covered, for a couple of hours or overnight.
  • Set oven to 400F
  • Set up a food processor fitted with the metal blade. With the machine going, drop in the garlic cloves to mince them. Turn off the machine and add the crumbs, thyme, lemon zest, salt and pepper to the bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil and pulse the machine to combine everything.
  • Put the crumbs into a pie plate, or other wide shallow bowl, and press each piece of chicken, skin side down, into the crumbs. The marinade will help the crumbs adhere to the meat. Press the crumbs in with your hands to completely coat the top. Set the chicken down — crumb side up — on a foil or parchment lined baking sheet. Press any remaining crumbs onto the bare spots on the chicken. Don’t waste any!
  • Bake the chicken for about 40 minutes, until the topping is browned and the chicken is cooked through. I ran mine under the broiler at the very end to get a little more color.

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