This Honey Mustard Chicken is such an easy weeknight-friendly staple that ticks off all the boxes. What sets this recipe apart from the average is a flavor-filled honey mustard sauce that’s packed with a variety of spices. It’s finger-licking good with saucy, glossy goodness! Serve this alongside your fave sides for a complete meal!

saucy honey mustard chicken thighs on white plate with chopped parsley

Hey y’all! Today I’m so excited to be revisiting this recipe, it’s a delicious blast from the past that got a little glow up! I’ve been making this honey mustard chicken recipe for ages and felt that it needed to be refreshed. Yes indeed, we’re talking new photos, new words, and a better written recipe. Listen, if you haven’t tried this honey mustard chicken just yet, you’ve gotta get on ittt. STAT!

The Best Honey Mustard Chicken 🤩

Look, honey mustard is one of my most favorite combination of flavors out there. It has a sharp, tangy, earthy, and pungent kick from the mustard. Then the sweet and lightly floral warmth of honey comes in to provide a balance between the two. Unlike average honey mustard chicken recipes, this one here is flavor-filled (yasss!). Perfectly seasoned, so easy, and finger-licking good!

BBR dinner delights: baked ziti, this lemon herb butter ravioli, cozy smothered pork chops, succulent braised short ribs, easy skillet lasagna, my brown stew chicken, and these salmon cakes or chicken adobo, gahhh.

close up of honey mustard chicken thigh on white plate

Ingredients Needed For This Recipe

(Note: the full ingredients list, including measurements, is provided in the recipe card directly below.)

  • Chicken: I love using chicken thighs (bone-in/skin-on) because I’m #teamdarkmeat all day, erryday…but please feel free to use any chicken parts.
  • Salt/pepper: The dynamic duo we all have in our homes, I hope.
  • Garlic powder: Adds a nice lil’ garlicky goodness, yum.
  • Olive oil and butter: Use for marinating and sautéing.
  • Shallot: A flavor-building vegetable from the allium family.
  • Honey: Pure honey for that signature sweet, sticky icky.
  • Whole grain mustard: Aka “stone ground.” This type of mustard has some of its mustard seeds kept whole as it is partially blended into a paste-like form. It has a thick, coarser texture with a nice bite (and visible seeds).
  • Dijon mustard: This type of mustard (a traditional mustard of France) is super smooth with a very pungent, robust, and more acidic flavor.
  • Curry powder: I love using curry in this honey mustard chicken recipe! It’s my ingredient spotlight as it adds a lovely earthy and warm kick to this dish.
  • Cayenne pepper: This adds a light kick of heat to balance out all the flavors going on. It’s so subtle and does not yield “spicy” chicken at all!
  • Worcestershire: This condiment adds big, bold flavor to nearly anything.

⇢ This honey mustard chicken recipe is ridiculously easy to make, comes together in ONE-PAN, and is the epitome of a chicken dinner winner!

honey mustard sauce in scalloped white bowl with wooden spoon

How To Make Honey Mustard Chicken

(Note: please see the recipe card directly below for the complete written instructions.)

  1. Marinate the chicken. In a large plastic bag, season the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss in the olive oil and massage everything together to coat. Allow the chicken to rest for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Prep the honey mustard sauce. In a bowl, combine the honey, both whole grain and dijon mustards, curry powder, cayenne pepper, and worcestershire. Mix to combine and then set aside.
  3. Brown the chicken. In a large, oven-safe skillet, brown the chicken.
  4. Sauté the shallot. Add in the shallot and sauté until tender.
  5. Simmer the sauce. Pour in the honey mustard sauce and simmer.
  6. Add the chicken. Nestle the chicken pieces back into the pan with sauce.
  7. Bake the chicken. Place the skillet into the oven to finish cooking.
  8. Serve away. Let the chicken cool and then serve immediately!

⇢ Browning the chicken first is key! The chicken goes through a caramelization process as they brown aka The Maillard reaction to be technical. This helps to unlock heaps of flavor and gives the chicken a fine ass, crisp texture.

honey mustard chicken with white rice and broccoli slaw on white plates

Let’s Talk About Chicken For This Recipe

Like I mentioned earlier, I prefer to use bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs for my honey mustard chicken. Dark meat contains more fat than white meat, it’s the extra fat that gives chicken a juicier texture. However, you can use nearly any other chicken parts that you have on hand. This recipe will work great with boneless/skinless chicken breasts & thighs, drumsticks, and even wings!

What To Serve With Honey Mustard Chicken

>> Gotta make this a complete, filling meal, yes? Here’s our faves:

…Honorable mentions: a nice side salad, rice, or some steamed veggies!

honey mustard chicken thighs on white plate with chopped parsley

Go on and make this Honey Mustard Chicken, peeps! It will def be a crowd favorite and a chicken dinner stunner… Be sure to tag @butterbeready in your BBR recipe creations, I sure love to see it when you do. Until next time! 🤟🏾

*This post was originally published on 12/12/2018 and updated as of 3/9/2022.

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saucy honey mustard chicken thighs on white plate with chopped parsley

The Best Honey Mustard Chicken

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Entree
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Honey Mustard Chicken is such an easy weeknight-friendly staple that ticks off all the boxes. What sets this recipe apart from the average is a flavor-filled honey mustard sauce that’s packed with a variety of spices. It’s finger-licking good with saucy, glossy goodness! Serve this alongside your fave sides for a complete meal!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 8 bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs, excess skin trimmed
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pure honey
  • 1/3 cup whole grain (stone ground) mustard
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire
  • rice & side salad or steamed broccoli, if desired- for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Then place the oven rack into the center position.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and place them into a large resealable plastic bag. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, to taste, along with the garlic powder. Add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and use your hands to massage the spices into the chicken to fully coat. Set chicken aside to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, let’s prep the honey mustard sauce. In a medium bowl, combine the honey, whole grain & dijon mustards, curry powder, cayenne pepper, and the worcestershire. Stir the mixture well to thoroughly combine and then set the bowl aside.
  4. Heat a large (10-12 inch), oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and add in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil along with the butter.
  5. Once the oil/butter is sizzling, add the chicken into the pan, working in batches. Let the chicken brown for 2-3 minutes on each side or until a deep, golden-brown color is achieved on both sides. Note: At this stage we’re just browning the chicken, it will cook all the way through in the oven. Then place the browned chicken aside onto a clean plate and repeat the process until all chicken has been browned.
  6. With all chicken set aside, add the shallot into the pan. Sauté the shallot, until tender, about 1-2 minutes. Then pour the honey mustard sauce into the pan, stirring continuously. Allow the sauce to come up to a slight boil and then turn off the heat.  
  7. Add all the browned chicken back into the skillet and spoon the sauce over the chicken pieces. Transfer the skillet into the oven.
  8. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes on one side. Then flip the chicken over, basting the chicken, and bake on the other side for another 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches at least 165°F. 
  9. Allow the chicken to cool down for 10 minutes. Then serve immediately alongside your favorite side dishes and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Please read the blog post in its entirety for more tips + tricks.

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