This chicken dish is the very first thing I cooked for my husband as a young bride. We’d come home from our honeymoon in the beautiful coastal town of Pacific Grove, California. My husband had to go to work and I remember kissing him goodbye and standing there in our very 1st apartment, not yet fully moved in, and wondering where to start. “What would a wife do next?”, I thought to myself. Very happy but a little uncertain I decided to unpack. I opened the first box and there on top was a cookbook, gifted from a family friend in Canada. She was a member of the Eastern Star organization and her local group of women had collected their favorite recipes and turned it into a cookbook. What a treasure! Favorite recipes from experienced women and wives! This is what a wife does! I found this recipe, went to the grocery store and made my husband his first home cooked meal as a husband. It all sounds so sweetly naive now and yet, the day was a precious one, filled with love for my husband and the life we wanted to create together. There have been many meals since then: some fancy, some simple, some delivered or picked up, some eaten out. Meals have been shared with friends and family, prepared together, prepared separately and all of these – every single one – have been a demonstration of love and an opportunity to connect as we sit and eat together. Love is shared in the simple act of preparing a meal to nourish those you love.
This simple chicken dish will always hold a special place in my heart for the memories it brings. By the way, it tastes good too. ☺
Simple Honey Baked Chicken
2 broiler-fryers or 2 lbs of whatever chicken is on hand
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder
- Place chicken pieces in shallow baking pan, skin side up.
- Combine butter, honey, mustard, salt and curry powder. Mix and pour over chicken.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 1/4 hours (I find 45 minutes to be long enough) until chicken is tender and nicely browned.
We serve over rice and with whatever green happens to be in season.