Easy and Delicious Coffee Chicken Recipe- Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly

When I was in the US recently, I got reminded of how much I loved coffee on chicken, and specifically Trader Joe's coffee spice rub. Recently when I was making chicken I felt totally uninspired and was looking through my cupboards and trying to come up with something yummy to put on it. I saw the coffee granules that sit unused in my cupboard since I no longer drink coffee, and decided that I'd do a super easy and quick version inspired by the Trader Joe's coffee seasoning.

Then before posting this, I decided to see if I ever posted something like this before, and found out that I have a coffee chicken recipe that had ingredients in it that I don't have in the house at the time and I've also posted my own version of Trader Joe's spice rub before but both of those are just more complicated than I feel like doing now.

I've now made this type of chicken a few times now, and I don't measure, just throw things on. But for the sake of you readers, I'll put an approximation of how much I put on of each. It really doesn't matter how much of it though, just throw it all on.

Easy and Delicious Coffee Chicken Recipe

Instant coffee granules, about 1 or 2 teaspoons
Honey/date syrup/jaggery syrup or other sweetener of choice, enough drizzled on so it gets color
Garlic powder, a rough shake so it all is covered
Salt, about a teaspoon
Dijon mustard, optional, about a teaspoon if using
1 package of chicken wings or thighs/drumsticks, approximately 2 lbs

1. Put your chicken in a pan.

2. Throw everything on it.

3. If you want a more uniform flavor, rub it all on so its all got the same amounts of everything. I don't even usually bother.

4. Bake at 350 for about an hour, or until browned at the top. If you want, midway through you can mix it in the pan to make sure the flavor gets all over. No need to though.

5. If desired, once the top is browned, remove the chicken from the pan and bake on parchment paper for another 15 minutes or so, until the chicken parts are all browned and somewhat crispy. Again, you don't have to do this, but it helps if you have family members that eat chicken skin only if its crispy.


What is your favorite quick chicken recipe? Ever make coffee with chicken? Does this look like a recipe you'd enjoy? 

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  1. Looks delicious! Is it a teaspoon of dry or prepared mustard? I think I need to try this soon!

  2. Dijon. Updated the post to reflect that. Thank you.

  3. Sounds like my style of cooking...I mostly look and dump (hardly ever measure anything) and I use whatever ingredients I have on hand. I look at recipe books to get ideas. EVeryhting always comes out good becaUse the main ingredient is always LOVE. That's what gives it TAAM.

  4. This sounds good. Could I mix all the ingredients and then rub it on the chicken? I have another recipe where I mix some ground spices together, mix it with oil, then rub it on the chicken. Also, to the reader above "savvysavta", what is TAAM? I am intrigued!

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