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Ina Garten's Crispy Mustard Chicken and Frisee

Ina Garten's Crispy Mustard Chicken & Fris?e + Salted Caramel Sundae
Nathan Congleton/TODAY


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese bread flakes)
  • teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • Good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup good Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (4 large)
  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 12 ounces baby frisée or chicory salad greens (see tip)
  • Mustard Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
Mustard Vinaigrette (makes 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon good Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chef notes

This is a great weeknight dinner! I love the interplay of hot and cold — the crispy chicken and roasted fingerling potatoes with the slightly bitter greens and mustard vinaigrette. This hits all the right notes for me.

Technique tip: Vinaigrette won’t cling to wet lettuce. Wash and thoroughly spin-dry greens before dressing them.


For the chicken and greens:


Preheat the oven to 375°F.


Place the garlic, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until the garlic is finely minced. Add the panko, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the butter and pulse a few times to moisten the panko. Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, whisk together the mustard and wine.


Pat the chicken thighs dry with paper towels and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Dip each piece first in the mustard mixture to coat the top and bottom and then coat the skin side only in the crumb mixture, pressing gently to make the crumbs adhere. Place the chicken on one side of a sheet pan, crumb side up, and press any remaining crumbs onto the chicken.


Place the potatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl and toss. Spread the potatoes on the other side of the sheet pan in one layer and roast both together for 40 to 50 minutes, turning the potatoes once during roasting, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°F. The chicken and potatoes should be done at the same time.


Meanwhile, place the greens on a serving platter. When the chicken and potatoes are done, toss the salad with enough vinaigrette to moisten and place the chicken and potatoes on top, adding any crumbs from the sheet pan. Sprinkle with salt and serve while the chicken and potatoes are still warm.

For the vinaigrette:

Place the shallots, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl and whisk until emulsified.

Pro tip: To cut onions or shallots neatly, cut them in half and peel them, leaving the root end intact before slicing, chopping, or mincing. Otherwise, you’ll have onions all over your cutting board!