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Lauren Groveman's Kitchen: Honey-Roast Chicken

One of my favorite reasons for making this dish over and over again (other than its delicious taste) is to watch how it always converts confirmed “curry haters.” Unfortunately, curry seems to be one of the most misunderstood spice blends around. But this recipe performs miracles as the cooking aromas from the curried honey sauce drive people crazy with anticipation! Without exception, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love this chicken recipe.

The key to success is using a shallow baking sheet with one-inch sides, so the chicken pieces can become crisp as they self-baste. Since the pieces are liberally coated with sauce, if you use a pan that’s deeper than suggested, the chicken will bake instead of roast. The low-sided pan enables the exterior of the chicken to gain better exposure to heat, allowing the top to become gloriously brown (almost mahogany). The result is one of the best and most versatile chicken dishes that I prepare. The recipe also doubles easily.

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Special Equipment

  • 1 large shallow baking sheet with a 1-inch rim


  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter
  • 2/3 cup minced yellow onion
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup mild honey
  • 1 rounded teaspoon salt
  • 2 rounded teaspoons curry powder (or more, to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons peach or mango chutney
  • Small handful dried currants or chopped dark raisins
  • 2 roasting chickens (3 1/2 to 4 pounds each), each cut into 8 serving pieces

1.To make the sauce : Melt butter in a heavy 1 1/2- to 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. When bubbling, sauté the onion and garlic until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, excluding the chicken, and stir until combined. Heat until warm throughout and set aside until cool enough to handle.

2. To prepare chicken: Rinse and pat the chicken pieces dry. Dip each piece in the honey mixture, coating chicken completely. Lay chicken pieces (skin side up) on a large shallow baking sheet. Spoon any remaining sauce over chicken.

3. To roast: Either place the chicken in a cold oven, turn the heat to 400 F and roast for 1 hour or place in a preheated 375 F oven and roast for 45 minutes. If splitting the chicken between two smaller baking sheets, roast in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and switch the shelf positions of the pans after half the baking time.

4. To serve: Transfer chicken to a warmed serving platter and serve hot, at room temperature or slightly chilled.

Curried Chicken Salad

A good reason to double this recipe is the leftovers. They not only reheat well, but they also make fabulous chicken salad! Just remove any thick pieces of skin and tear flesh into bite-sized pieces, add some coarsely chopped, unpeeled Golden Delicious apples, coarsely chopped toasted almonds, dried currants and minced scallions. Make a dressing with mayonnaise, some Dijon mustard and a touch of honey. Toss chicken salad with just enough dressing to bind, adding salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve with a salad greens and some crusty rolls and you’ve got yourself a great lunch or a light supper!

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1 comment to Lauren Groveman’s Honey-Roast Chicken

  • Judy Silberstein

    Tried your recipe, Lauren, and it was wonderful. We’re definitely adding this to our family favorites. It’s easy enough for every day and fancy enough for company.

    I did make some changes: I used only thighs and removed the skin before roasting.

    Instead of all butter, I used some chicken fat, which I got from rendering the skin.

    Even without the skin, the pieces turned a lovely brown and were very moist.

    thanks for the inspiration!