Mustard Gula Jawa Chicken- a twist on a classic Indonesian recipe.

Javanese Sugar & Mustard Chicken
Many of my friends who are parents of young children are always asking me for recipe ideas that the entire family will love and that are easy to prepare. This roast chicken recipe is as easy as it gets with just a few ingredients and almost no prep time. Once it comes out of the oven, you’ll have an amazingly tender chicken that is sweet and savory, appealing to all ages. Here I use Javanese sugar, or Gula Jawa, which is a rich, molasses colored sugar native to Indonesia. It’s got a deep bold sweetness that is incredibly unique. Gula Jawa is available in most Asian markets as well as online. However, you can substitute dark brown sugar if you can’t find Gula Jawa.

Makes 4 pieces

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs
3/4 cup Javanese sugar (substitute dark brown sugar)
3 tablespoons grainy mustard
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
¾ teaspoon sea salt


Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Place the chicken in a baking dish and add all the other ingredients over the chicken, massaging evenly onto both sides of the chicken. Make sure to crumble the sugar so there are no large lumps.

Roast at 500 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. Remove from the oven and place on serving plates. Serve immediately with a side of sautéed vegetables or warm jasmine rice.

Tip: Make sure to work with Javanese Sugar (Gula Jawa) at room temperature so it’s easy to cut.