A classic combination of honey and mustard never goes amiss. We love the way these flavours caramelise in the oven, giving a crispy, gooey finish. We’ve used chicken thigh here because it packs a fantastic flavour, remains moist as it cooks and fuses with a bed of delicious roast veggies.
peeled & chopped pumpkin
baby spinach leaves
vinegar (white wine or red wine)
Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Slice the red onion into 2cm wedges. Cut the zucchini into 2cm half-moons. TIP: Cut the veggies to the correct size so they cook in the allocated time
Place the red onion, zucchini and peeled & chopped pumpkin on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with olive oil, season with the salt and a pinch of pepper. Toss to coat, then roast for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
While the veggies are roasting, finely grate the garlic (or use a garlic press). In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, honey, wholegrain mustard, vinegar, a pinch of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat.
In a large frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until browned. TIP: The marinade will darken and caramelise in the pan, but this only adds to the flavour! Transfer the chicken to a second oven tray lined with baking paper and drizzle over any remaining honey-mustard marinade from the bowl. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until cooked through.
Once the veggies have finished, transfer to a large bowl. Toss with the baby spinach leaves and a drizzle of olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. TIP: Dress the veg just before serving to keep the leaves crisp.
Slice the honey-mustard chicken. Divide the chicken and pumpkin roast veggie toss between plates. Crumble the fetta over the roast veggie toss. Drizzle over any remaining honey-mustard sauce from the tray.