Caramelized Baked Chicken

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Marinating Time: 30 minutes to 24 hours

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


For the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Chicken:

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken drumsticks
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
  • Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


1. Prepare Marinade:

  • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, Dijon mustard, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper.

2. Marinate Chicken:

  • Place the chicken thighs and drumsticks in a large resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring each piece is coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours for optimal flavor.

3. Preheat Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

4. Transfer to Baking Dish:

  • Remove the marinated chicken from the refrigerator and transfer it to a baking dish, skin side up.

5. Bake:

  • Bake the chicken in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), basting the chicken with the marinade every 15 minutes.

6. Broil (Optional):

  • If you desire a crispier skin, broil the chicken for an additional 2-3 minutes until the skin is golden brown. Watch closely to prevent burning.

7. Garnish and Serve:

  • Remove the caramelized baked chicken from the oven. Garnish with fresh parsley and sesame seeds if desired. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Optional Tips:

  • Side Dish: Serve the caramelized baked chicken with roasted vegetables, rice, or a fresh salad.
  • Grilling Option: You can also grill the marinated chicken over medium-high heat for approximately 15-20 minutes per side until fully cooked.

Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 450
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 22g

Enjoy this flavorful Caramelized Baked Chicken for a delicious and easy-to-make main dish!

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