Another clueless meat question

ynnejMay 6, 2012

Hello everybody. I have another question about cooking meat- this time, chicken. I would like to make this recipe for baked honey mustard chicken for my husband and kids tonight but am wondering what a good amount of salt and pepper would be, as it says 'to taste.' It calls for the salt and pepper to be sprinkled on before mixing the other ingredients together and pouring them over the chicken. Here is the recipe, thanks in advance.


6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup prepared mustard

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper to taste, and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard, basil, paprika, and parsley. Mix well. Pour 1/2 of this mixture over the chicken, and brush to cover.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over and brush with the remaining 1/2 of the honey mustard mixture. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

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Not a silly question.
Do you use salt and pepper to season food on your plate normally? If so, I would just sprinkle as you would at serving time. If not, I'd suggest going pretty light, maybe 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper for all the chicken.
You can always add more can't take it back!

If you aren't used to eating those flavors, they are going to stand out more.

Let us know how it turns out!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 9:15PM
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Skip the can add any as you see fit after it's plated and people taste for pepper....
Do you have a grinder for fresh pepper? if one revolution of the grinder on each piece of chicken.
When you fry an much salt do you put on? How much salt do you put on an ear of corn?
That's the amount I would do on each piece of chicken....but if in doubt....don't add any...let people add their own.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 9:36PM
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I agree with LindaC, there are already flavors there, I wouldn't salt it at all. I'd let the people who are eating it salt the pieces individually to taste.

Frankly, I don't think I'd put any salt on it if I were eating it either, it already has mustard, honey, basil, paprika. I'd give it a good grind of black pepper and call it done.


    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 10:33PM
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Thank you!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 10:55PM
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It was a hit! Highly recommend this recipe. Kids and husband loved it- thanks for the advice.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 12:22AM
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I always way undersalt my food when cooking, since we try to use as little as possible. I figure folks can always add more later. I always add salt at the table though. BF tries to be noble and say, "It tastes fine" and forgo it! To me, it's a fine line and I have difficulty finding it. If I had to go salt free, it would be extremely difficult. I am already suffering under a low acid diet!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 11:14AM
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I'm like you LPink, in that I undersalt things. When there are a lot of spices, I don't think salt is necessary. Same as using soy sauce, bacon etc. I never salt when using salty ingredients, even though the recipe says to use it.

I don't even salt pasta water, which I know is a no-no.
I've tasted pasta that tastes far too salty to me.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 11:20AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I'm in the camp with those who never salt uncooked meat. It draws the moisture out. For anyone trying to monitor or lower their salt intake, it's easier at the plate stage. We've also switched to sea salt (wow what deliciousness!) and the stores all have the little adjustable grinders (pepper too) so people can put small flakes or larger granules. I think you get more "pow" out of the salt flavor that way, too, direct contact with the tongue makes a little go a long way.

Never met a meat/savory recipe that I followed exactly. Either I don't have something, want more of something, don't like something or just have a modification I want to try. They're really just to let you know what the author did, so feel free to get in there and tinker with them, make them your own. Savory dishes allow for enormous leeway and creative license whereas baking is often very scientific and the slightest change can have profound repercussions.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 11:23AM
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