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Baked Chicken And A Dog Named Vishnu

Baked whole chickens are just about the simplest thing you can make with limited time and resources and still come out with a creation that would merit the reaction “Wow!” I made it first in high school under the direction of a teacher who also taught me how to make lasagna.

Doesn’t it look amazing? So easy!

Many years later while broke and jobless in a house in Quezon City, Philippines, we gathered our resources to buy a whole jumbo chicken which I marinated and baked. We ate it for Christmas dinner and proceeded to cocktails and guitar playing. And then our dog named Vishnu quietly reached up onto the dining table and grabbed the rest of the chicken, prompting our screams as she ran out the door. Vicoy, an uncle figure in that household, chased after Vishnu and pulled the bird out of her mouth and brought it back inside. We then asked what he planned on doing with a carcass that had already been inside a dog’s mouth and on the ground. Disgusted, he threw it back out for Vishnu to feast on for her best and last Christmas. (Poor dog died the folowing year shortly after nursing her only litter.) But again, I digress.

This gravy is so simple but so rich with the flavors of rosemary, oregano and garlic.

Serving a whole roasted bird with shiny brown crispy skin could be just as rewarding as serving a labored-over lasagna. But the difference in prep time and the versability of a baked chicken is hard to beat. I hope you enjoy one of my favorite dishes to make and I hope you also get the WOW you deserve. Continue reading

Mustard Baked Chicken Drumsticks

It’s hard to imagine that this sinful-looking dish may be achieved without frying. Using mustard as “glue,” this dish coats each piece of chicken with flavor and crunch, and all one needs is a good oven.

Served here with steamed broccoli and kale chips

We begin with some chicken pieces.

Spoon some mustard into a bowl.
In another bowl, mix panko with the cheese.

Sprinkle some cayenne for a kick. Omit if you’re boringly anti-spice. Zzzz…:o)
Dredge mixture with butter and toss until everything is in small clumps.

Dip drumsticks into mustard. Make sure you have a generous coat.

Afterwards, dip into panko/cheese/butter mixture.

Arrange loosely in a greased baking dish.

Bake in a preheated oven at 450 C for about 45 minutes.
Here it is served with kale chips and steamed broccoli.
Mustard Baked Chicken Drumsticks
10-12 chicken drumsticks

1 cup Dijon mustard 
1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs) 
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
3/4 teaspoon cayenne 
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in upper third. Pat chicken dry, then toss with mustard until evenly coated.  Stir together panko, cheese, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper. Drizzle with butter and toss.Dredge each drumstick in crumb mixture to coat, then arrange, without crowding, in a buttered large 4-sided sheet pan. Roast until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

DJ Note: I used pecorino romano, a saltier cheese, so I cut the salt out and it turned out great.
 As a bonus, this dish is also perfect for picnics because it tastes great even when cold.
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