Culinary Arts

Recipe: Roasted Chicken With Mustard Port Sauce

Wolfgang Puck

Lesson time 12:05 min

Wolfgang breaks down the recipe he created for his Los Angeles exclusive French restaurant Ma Maison. Discover the secret to perfectly crispy chicken skin, and learn to make a tangy, sweet sauce that makes this dish unforgettable.

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Chicken is probably the most popular protein out there. Everybody eats chicken. Most of the time people complain, say, ah, chicken is bland, chicken has not this or that. I gonna show you how to make a delicious chicken with a port wine mustard sauce. The most important thing, though, is that you have your stock ready. Now we have a beautiful veal stock which we reduced to a demi-glace. So it will be really easy to make a great sauce. Now, it is so simple. I have here a half a chicken. So try to keep it at room temperature before you cook it. Take it out half an hour before. And then you have to season it. A little salt and pepper on both sides. All right. If you like it spicy, just add a little bit more pepper. All right. So now the chicken is ready. You don't need any flour on it, or any breadcrumbs, or anything. The chicken will get extra crispy if you sear it in a really hot pan. OK? So here we have a pan. Let's turn the fire on. I cook on an induction stove here, but you can have gas, you can have electric, whatever you have. The most important part is to have a good heavy saut�� pan. Why? Because if you have one of these thin saut�� pans, you'll get hotspots there, and you never will be able to get a crispy chicken. You will burn your chicken. So do yourself a favor. Go out and buy some good saut�� pans if you want to cook like I do. So now-- I cook a lot with olive oil. So I'm going to add some olive oil into my pan and wait for it to get really hot. You can see the oil. If oil gets a little teary in here, that means it's getting hot. OK, so when do you know how to put your chicken in here? When the oil gets a light smoke. So don't worry about the heat. Turn it up to high. And then you always can turn it lower a little bit. You can see now my pan is getting hot. So it's really easy to put your chicken in here now. It's really easy to see the heat. All right? All right. So if you want a beautiful brown skin and crispy skin, put your chicken in a hot pan with a little olive oil or vegetable oil. See, I have no butter in here, because the butter would burn over high heat. So use some good oil, some inexpensive olive oil, or sunflower oil, or vegetable oil. All right. And again, see? If the pan is hot, your food doesn't stick. So it's really simple. Don't turn the chicken over every second. It is really important to cook the chicken on one side, mostly. You don't really have to cook the meat side, because it dries out the meat. All right. Now let's look underneath. Yeah, I think that's really OK now. Let's look here. All right. You can see it's nice and brown already. So now-- now I'm going to put it in the hot oven. I have my oven here at 500 degrees. And I'm gonna cook it for about 12 to 15 minutes. ...

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I really enjoyed Wolfgang's way, his style, background and tips; great class, nice recipes, well produced and very inspiring. Thanks!

Very informative. I am already using some of the ideas.

I have already used almost all the ideas in the Masterclass, and they have all been successful. I'm on a mission to go back thru and use all the recipes again and try to be creative with them.The pepper steak with red wine sauce was a huge hit at my house. The supplemental materials were also really helpful to continue learning. Fantastic job by Wolfgang.

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Mateo B.

The instructions say that it is a boneless 1/2 chicken but that is not what he is cooking in the video. You can clearly see a bone sticking out of the chicken that he is cooking. Also, there is no chicken leg, so which half of the chicken is it?


Love his relaxed manner and temperament! I know he's an excellent chef so seeing how calm his is has been very helpful. Found a pre-made demiglase today at the store - will try this week and ask my butcher to cut the chicken to match.


Do you all put your pan with the sprinkling oil in the oven or do you place the chicken on something else?

Robert M.

This recipe really turned out nice. I used a whole half chicken, extending the cooking time to about a half hour as predicted by Wolfgang Puck. I will definitely make the port and mustard sauce again.

Glenn T.

I loved roasting the chicken this way. However, I had to go to youtube to find a few videos on how to debone a whole chicken before I could try this recipe. The videos were easy enough to find and follow, but it would be nice to get a video lesson on deboning a whole chicken added to this series since it's a necessary skill for anyone who would like to try this recipe. I used a creamy white wine mustard sauce for my chicken because I wasn't able to get any port. The sauce worked quite nicely. I deglazed the pan with 1/4 cup white wine and then stirred in 3 tbsp of cream and 1 tsp of dijon mustard. Instead of using the salad, I used oven-roasted potatoes, again this was because I didn't have access to the ingredients. The roast potatoes still complimented the chicken really well.

A fellow student

The pizza stone, when at temperature in an oven, conducts its heat to a pan very quickly and evenly. After opening a hot oven, the air in the oven is cooler than it was, and air does not conduct heat very well.

Travin K.

Does the half chicken contain the wings? I don't seem to see them. Also, is there a tutorial somewhere on how to do it? I'm quite new to breaking down a whole chicken and did it for the first time 2 months ago, so still a bit unfamiliar how to get it from that to this.

Beth A.

I like seeing the different tools and gadgets he uses repeatedly. Also on my wish list is the baking pan rack. I was surprised to see him pour the extra pan grease on top of the crispy chicken.

A fellow student

The heat is coming from the pan and from the oven, the stone is really not adding anything to these recipes. Pretend it isn’t there

Leslie O.

Can someone please tell me if that is a pizza stone in the oven. So far he has used it in everything that goes into the oven. Thanks!