Chicken with Spicy Mustard Sauce


Since we’re all friends here, I have a confession to make. A deep dark ugly culinary one. I can’t make rice. I KNOW, the shame. I can make risotto standing on my head blindfolded but regular rice, not so much. It turns out sticky, goopy, all adjectives that should not be associated with rice. I think it’s the leaving it alone part that I can’t handle. I am a tinker-er, a stir-er at heart. I NEED to be interactive with my cooking. And okay yes a total control freak if you must know. So what do I do when I need to make regular rice. I use my rice cooker. 

I decided to leave better enough alone and turn my rice making over to a professional – rice cooker that is. When I first admitted defeat I tried purchasing a smaller, what I like to call cheap frugal rice cooker. I should have saved my money. It made rice about as well as I did.I had almost given up on rice until I was introduced to ZOJIRUSHI rice cookers. They’re like the Ferrari of rice cookers. I kid not. Now I make perfect rice. Every. Single. Time.

You can “add the 5th dimension of flavor with our Umami micom rice cooker and warmer. Umami also referred to as savoriness, is said to be the fifth taste after sweetness, sourness, saltiness, and bitterness. Our Umami menu setting soaks and steams the rice longer for enhanced depth of flavor. Each rice cooker features Micro computerized Fuzzy logic technology, an automatic keep warm feature, delay timer, and easy to read LCD control panel. Menu settings include: white, Umami, mixed, sushi, porridge, sweet, brown, GABA brown, rinse-free, quick cooking and slow cook. 5.5 cup capacity.

This little beauty has been a kitchen life saver. You see we make a lot of rice dishes in our house because our middle son is gluten intolerant (and well because we like rice). One of my favorite features about our Zojirushi (other than the ridiculously easy clean up and twinkle twinkle song that it plays when the rice is finished – love) is that I can make a HUGE batch – 5 cups and then just place it on the KEEP WARM function for DAYS. When we want rice, we just pop the lid and serve.

Now who wants one? I hope you’re raising your hand because trust me this isn’t one of those kitchen appliances that will sit under your counter. Mine has a coveted spot on the counter top. So enter. Make rice and this chicken. Because it rocks.

1 Zojirushi Umami® Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer NS-YAC10/18 (ERV $249)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclaimer: Zojirushi provided me with a rice cooker and is offering the same to one lucky bell’alimento reader. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.


Chicken with Spicy Mustard Sauce


  • 6-8 chicken legs
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Tuscan seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chili infused olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 shallot - minced
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf Italian parsley - roughly chopped, optional


  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Season all sides with salt/pepper and Tuscan seasoning. Set aside.
  2. Into a large deep sided pan add butter, oil. Heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook approximately 8-10 minutes until chicken is browned.
  3. Into a medium bowl whisk together: broth mustard, Worcestershire, garlic and shallot. Pour mixture over chicken. Reduce to a simmer, cover and allow chicken to continue cooking approximately 20 minutes or until completely cooked through.
  4. Remove chicken to serving plate. If sauce has not reduced by half and thickened, increase heat and continue cooking until so. Pour sauce over chicken.
  5. Garnish with parsley if desired.




  1. 1

    This is the best rice cooker ever!

  2. 2

    I want it I want it I want it!!

    I want it.

  3. 3
    Shaundra /

    Rice is my favorite food. My old ‘affordable’ rice cooker was used until it died (which was about a year lol).

  4. 4
    rust /

    I’ve used the pot method for years. Upgrading to a Zojurushi would be perfect!

  5. 5
    Dawn /

    I can’t wait to try this chicken recipe next week… it will be a nice change from the heavy Christmas foods! Thanks for posting it!

  6. 7

    I am in love with it already.

  7. 8
    Deborah /

    I’ve been reading about this rice cooker for a while, and it sounds as though it can do other things besides cook rice. I would LOVE to have one! Thanks for the chance.

  8. 9
    Karen /

    Your chicken looks beautiful! And so does the rice cooker!

  9. 10
    Robin C. /

    The beauty of the Zojirushi rice cooker is that it does more than cook rice, I love that in a appliance!

  10. 11

    You just made this chicken look heavenly!!!

  11. 12
    Whitney /


  12. 13
    Lisa /

    What an unusual and awesome giveaway! Merry Christmas!

  13. 14

    We do Asian or other rice dishes at least twice a week. Would love this rice cooker to make life easier!

  14. 15
    Craig /

    This looks like a really great rice cooker. I had one years ago, but it didn’t have all the bells and whistles this one has. It would make rice a more common side dish in my house than it is now.

  15. 16

    Paula–I’m just like you I can’t make rice on the stove top! I have to make it in my rice cooker (which by the way is a very old and very cheap with just one setting). So, yah… that’s why I want to win!

  16. 17

    yumm this looks so delicious. my mom has a rice cooker, I would love one to make different rice and oatmeal!

  17. 18
    Cindi /

    We eat a lot of various rices in our home…Also, our son who is far away at college likes to cook healthy and could use this wonderful rice cooker…Makes a good, cheaper meal for
    college students…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  18. 19
    charu /

    Wow…looks good. I would love to win it bcoz I love rice and we cook rice almost 3-4 times a week.

  19. 20
    J @ semplicemente ... J /

    Rice si number 1 in my list of favorite foods.

  20. 21
    Rory W /

    I’d love a rice cooker because I can NEVER get rice to turn out right on the stove. Plus Zojirushi is the best! Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. 22
    latanya /

    I want to win because I heard that this is the best rice cooker.

  22. 24

    This looks amazing, Paula! We love spicy. I would love a rice cooker because I am really terrible at cooking rice…no matter what I do, it’s either under-cooked or over-done!

  23. 25
    Kizzy /

    Nice! I cannot make good rice without help. I would love to have a rice cooker.

  24. 26
    Jess O /

    The rice cooker looks fantastic. As does the chicken recipe. I would love to win a rice cooker.

  25. 27
    Stephen Weinberg /

    A rice cooker would look fan freakin tastic on my counter

  26. 28
    Babs /

    I haven’t been able to correctly make good rice. My family loves rice – alas, I must have a rice block. Would love to have this fine rice cooker.

  27. 29

    I often make rice as a side dish, instead of potatoes or noodles. So this would be a very nice thing to win.

  28. 30
    Patty T /

    I make rice all the time and this would make it SO much easier!

  29. 31
    Hannah /

    My rice cooker died last week… would LOVE to win a new one!

  30. 32
    Shelly /

    I’d love it because I can never get my rice cooked properly on the stove top!

  31. 33
    Sheila K. /

    We eat a lot of rice; this cooker would help out a lot!

  32. 34
    Jessie C. /

    We love rice dishes, this would make great rice to enjoy

  33. 35
    Brandy Ivy /

    Oh yummy I make rice at least twice a week and always leaves a huge mess on my stovetop I would love a rice cooker!

  34. 36
    Maggie /

    i would love to win because i love rice! i make it several times a week. i’d love to be able to make it just once a week and heat the leftovers but it always reheats gross for me, this rice cooker sounds like the perfect solution!

  35. 37
    Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) /

    I would love a rice cooker because I hate having to boil rice on the stove, it takes forever!

  36. 38
    Allison C /

    I would love to have a rice cooker that doesn’t burn rice. I’m not a fan of crispy rice.

  37. 39
    Jen L /

    My hubby loves rice and like most people I have trouble making good rice

  38. 40

    Like you I need help in the rice department. Would love the rice cooker.

  39. 41
    Sarah H.P. /

    I’d love to have a rice cooker because I always manage to screw up rice! It’s either too sticky, dry, or overcooked!

  40. 42
    Mackie /

    perfect, i just bought organic chicken breasts and was wondering what to do with them!

  41. 43
    Mackie /

    oh and i’d love to have a rice cooker to cook such perfect looking rice. it’s a great brand.

  42. 44
    MaryB /

    I would love one of these! I have been looking at them for ages. I’d do not only rice but other grains, too.

  43. 45
    Rachel /

    Looks like a great recipe!! (and giveaway – I want to win sooo bad!!)

  44. 46
    JennyBC /

    I would like to have a rice cooker because I think it would encourage me to try a variety of rices and other grains.

  45. 47
    Jodi /

    I have been looking at rice cookers and wanting one, but it is one of those things I probably will not buy for myself.

  46. 48

    This would prevent me from making rice that sticks to the pot!

  47. 49

    The chicken looks quite tasty!

  48. 50
    Donna L /

    I don’t like making rice. It never comes out good. This rice cooker would be great to have.

  49. 51
    Amanda Thompson /

    My old rice cooker that I had forever finally died on me and I’ve been eyeing the Zojirushi Umami Rice Cooker at because it looks amazing!

  50. 52

    Oh my goodness — you’re killing me. This chicken looks SO good!

  51. 53
    sydney85 /

    I have this rice cooker on my wish list! A friend has this cooker and her rice is always fabulous.

  52. 54

    we eat rice everyday! we have an OOOLD zojirushi 10-cup rice cooker 🙂 i wanna win the fancy rice cooker, please.

  53. 55

    Good question why I don’t have it yet! 🙂 It’s on my list to win! 🙂

  54. 56
    Theresa J /

    Actually my brother needs a rice cooker because his current one is really small

  55. 57
    Jeff S /

    I use an inexpensive rice cooker and love it. I would love one of these but just have not been able to afford one.

  56. 58
    Allison /

    Can’t wait to try this!

  57. 59
    sara /

    I have the same problem you do, I cannot make rice properly.

  58. 60
    Samantha Howard /

    I love rice and this is the best rice cooker available.

  59. 61
    Linda /

    I hear that this is an excellent product, but I’ve never owned a rice cooker so I’m no expert. I certainly would love to own this.

  60. 62
    rita castorena /

    my family loves rice!!! we need this rice cooker!!!

  61. 63

    I would love to have this because the rice cooker I have now is tiny and only has two settings – on and warm haha.

  62. 64

    Because I live alone, I love to have rice in the refrigerator; I add leftover chicken and vegetables to make myself a rice bowl of sorts. Rice is so satisfying, and I’ve been thinking of getting a rice cooker for a while. Thanks for the chance to win, and Buon Natale!

  63. 65
    Kel /

    My husband loves rice – this would make it more convenient!

  64. 66

    I would love to have the rice cooker! I make rice everyday and it always sticks in the pot. This would be a great help for me.

  65. 67
    Meghan Finley /

    we live on rice and this is the ultimate of rice cookers. would love it

  66. 68
    Karen Lynch /

    We eat rice 3 or 4 times a week, would love to have a top rated rice cooker.

  67. 69
    Elin /

    I love making rice at home and having a rice cooker would make everything just a little bit easier.

  68. 70
    Maggie /

    I found your blog by accident, but LOVED it instantly! I’m always trying to get more food into my underweight hubby, and he loves rice. I have the opposite problem with weight, but also love rice. I’ll be 75 years young in 2 weeks, and cannot afford this wonderful machine, (on social security) but would love to have it. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  69. 71
    Robin /

    I’ve been looking at two models of Zojirushi rice cookers, and this is one of them! Would love to add it to my regular appliance roundup.

  70. 72
    Jill J /

    We love to have rice with our meals and this cooker looks like it would do a fabulous job and would make it easier on me because I wouldn’t have to watch the rice on the stove!

  71. 73
    barbara n /

    My sister has a rice cooker and she raves about it all the time, so I want to have one too

  72. 74
    Ruth Naylor /

    Being Asian, I eat a lot of rice. My mom always had a rice cooker and I’ve had a couple myself. In my last move, my rice cooker didn’t make it with me. While I’m very good at making rice on the stove, I have to keep an eye on it. I love the convenience of being able to just let the rice go on its own. I love that it plays a song when it’s done!

  73. 75

    I feel like I always ruin rice, and this would be really helpful!

  74. 76
    Dianne Shaw /

    I’ve never owned a rice cooker and have always wanted one. This one looks amazing!

  75. 77
    cory /

    i would love to have this becaue m y rice cooker is getting old. it looks totally awesome too!

  76. 78
    TK /

    I love cooking rice and having a warmer function is so convenient!

  77. 79
    erika /

    Would be wonderful to win. The entire family would love this sleek beautiful rice cooker. We love rice and making it to make various international recipes. great looking design.

  78. 80

    I would love to have a Zojirushi Rice Cooker! I cook rice all the time and I love all the products from Zojirushi that I’ve tried!

  79. 81
    Kristen M. /

    My family enjoys rice. Our favorite weeknight rice dish is fried rice. I’ve been considering the benefits of a rice cooker for a while now. I hear Zojirushi is the best.

  80. 82
    Anjana Siva /

    Thanks for the giveaway. Rice is a staple food in our diet. Zojirushi rice cooker make cooking rice easy.

  81. 83

    What a gorgeous dinner!

  82. 84
    TrishInFL /

    We love rice in our house too, but I’m not very good at cooking rice either. I’ve been using the boil in bag kind! I know, I know, but that’s the only kind that comes out so-so 🙂

  83. 85
    Carrie M. /

    I love all the different settings. I also love rice!

  84. 86
    Corisa /

    rice cookers are wonderful

  85. 87
    Lisa /

    I’ve wanted a Zojirushi rice cooker for years, but could never afford it part with that much cash for it. I cook a lot rice dishes so I’d be nice to have one of the hightest quality that will last.

  86. 88
    Christina /

    I can’t wait to make this chicken!

  87. 89
    Susan C /

    I’ve been making terrible rice since 1975, and I would like to finally be happy with the way my rice turns out. haha

  88. 90
    Charlene Glover /

    Pinned this yummy looking dish! I would love to have a rice cooker, I can never get it to turn out just right. This would help so much.

  89. 91
    Teresa /

    I would love to have this. My rice hardly ever comes out ok. I would definitely eat rice more often.

  90. 92
    Kelly /

    I also have rice problems 🙂 It would be great to have a fancy fool proof rice cooker!

  91. 93
    Kait /

    A rice cooker would certainly be useful to me. We eat rice a lot!

  92. 94
    Jackie /

    Hi Paula

    I just stumbled onto your blog and there is a lot of nice recipes I want to try. Where can I buy Tuscan seasoning and chili infused olive oil.

Leave a Reply