Cardamom Honey Chicken

Roast chicken marinated first in honey, sherry, cardamom, and pepper, then browned on the stovetop and baked to doneness in the oven.
Ingredients

Marinade
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp sherry
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, ground
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns, ground

Chicken
  • 6 chicken breasts, or one whole chicken, cut into parts
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
Directions
  • Marinate the chicken: Warm the honey slightly (in microwave or on stovetop), stir in the sherry, cardamom and peppercorns. Place marinade and chicken in a large bowl, coat chicken with marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C).
  •  Sear the chicken pieces: Heat olive oil in a large frying pan at medium high heat. Sear the chicken, skin side down, until golden.
  •  Bake in oven: Place lemon slices in a roasting pan. Lay the chicken pieces on top. Brush with the marinade. Season generously with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and bake until done (internal temp of 165°F or 75°C), approximately 15 minutes for breasts, 20 minutes for thighs, wings, and drumsticks. If the chicken starts to get too dark (this can happen when using honey), tent with foil.
  • Let rest: Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Pour out drippings from the pan into a gravy boat for gravy.
  •  Serve with rice, mashed potatoes, or couscous.

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