I have to tell you- I've been really uninspired in the kitchen lately. I wanted to make chicken for supper but I wasn't sure what kind to make, so I asked my kids. "Make something sweet" my oldest son suggested. So then I thought along the lines of honey mustard chicken- only we're out of mustard right now... But we did have horseradish, which does have a similar flavor profile to mustard (not surprising, since it IS in the mustard family), so I decided to see if I could make a honey horseradish sauce for the chicken, sort of like honey mustard.
I got the idea for horseradish and honey actually a few weeks ago, when a friend said she wanted to make my honey mustard roasted fennel, but she needed a recipe without mustard and wanted to know what she could use in its place. On a whim, I suggested horseradish, and she said it came out phenomenal, so I knew that this honey horseradish chicken would be great.
And it was! Everyone loved it!
No, it doesn't taste exactly like honey mustard chicken, but similar, and is definitely something I'll be making again.
Just a note- you can use any sweetener in place of honey in this recipe- I generally make my "honey mustard" recipes with jaggery syrup and mustard or coconut sugar and mustard, and you can use white sugar and mustard as well, so to keep the costs down in this recipe feel free to substitute the sweeteners to suit your budget and dietary purposes.
If you taste the sauce, you'll think the chicken will come out spicy. It doesn't. Don't worry- this is very mild, even for kids.
For the record- horseradish is something that is very easy to forage and grows wild all over... but as far as I know, it actually doesn't grow locally to me. Here's some more info on foraging it. And if you do have some bought root and just want to stick it in the ground, it grows like crazy, and is nearly impossible to kill- we had it growing in our backyard in NE Ohio growing up, thanks to a partial root my mom stuck in the ground.
5 tablespoons honey (or other sweetener)
2 tablespoons vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
2 tablespoons freshly ground/grated horseradish
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dried parsley (or other dried herbs- I often put thyme in with my honey mustard recipes)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3-4 lbs of chicken parts (I used a small pack of thighs and a small pack of wings)
1. Mix all the sauce ingredients together.
2. Pour the sauce ingredients on the chicken parts.
3. Bake at 350 for an hour or so, or until browning and carmelized.
Are you a fan of honey mustard in general?
Do you ever use horseradish?
Does this look like something you'd try?