The new fried chicken served at Nopa in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The restaurant, one of the city’s best known, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. (Photo By Carlos Avila Gonzalez/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
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Why It Pays To Prep Chicken With A Slathering Of Mustard
Whether you prepare it by breading, marinating, or seasoning, adding some extra flavor to chicken in the prep stage is a good idea, since most chicken can be bland on its own. If you want a condiment that packs a flavor punch while also helping other seasonings adhere to your chicken better, try rubbing it with mustard.
According to BBQ Host, the term "binder" refers to a glue-like condiment that helps ingredients stick together, and mustard is the perfect binder that helps spices adhere to chicken. The tanginess of mustard is pleasant, but becomes more subtle after cooking, allowing the condiment to do its job without overpowering the dish.
Mustard is still a bit more pungent than other binding ingredients such as butter or olive oil, so it can brighten up any recipe. Easy Chicken Recipes also recommends using honey mustard for an even better brown crust on your meat, since the sugar in the sweeter mustard caramelizes to add extra flavor and texture.