This Honey Mustard Chicken is one of my favorite dishes to serve to a crowd. Sweet, tangy, juicy, and savory, this one-dish meal is hearty and makes enough to serve eight!
I love this honey mustard chicken recipe because it’s an easy way to add some unexpected flavor to a classic dinner. A homemade sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce is baked onto juicy, rich chicken thighs to create this comforting entrée. When paired with some mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and steamed broccoli, this honey mustard chicken makes for a hearty and well-rounded dinner that even your pickiest eaters are sure to love!
Honey Mustard Chicken
This dish not only promises convenience but also complements all your favorite side dishes flawlessly. The best part? You can prepare it up to 24 hours in advance, making it an ideal choice for those busy days when you need a quick and delicious meal. With its combination of sweet, tangy, savory, herby, and juicy flavors, this dinner is sure to impress your taste buds and leave you craving for more.
In just one dish, you'll find a harmonious blend of mouthwatering tastes, making this dinner an absolute winner. The savory essence enriches the overall flavor profile, while the herbal undertones infuse a refreshing aroma. Whether you're cooking for yourself, family, or friends, this four-ingredient wonder is bound to satisfy your cravings and make mealtime a breeze.
- Chicken Thighs—I prefer the ease of boneless chicken thighs, but you can also use bone-in thighs.
- Stone Ground Mustard—Gives your chicken a tangy and peppery flavor.
- Honey—Adds just the right amount of sweetness to this dish.
- Spices—A homemade blend of fresh thyme, fresh rosemary, garlic powder, and salt.
How to Make Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
- Place the chicken thighs in a single layer in a glass baking dish. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the stone ground mustard, honey, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, and salt.
- Gently brush the homemade honey mustard glaze over the chicken thighs.
- Bake until the chicken is no longer pink and the sauce has caramelized.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
The juicy and salty heartiness of chicken thighs pair well with the sweet tang of the homemade honey mustard sauce. This dish also pairs well with creamy, rich cheeses. Try topping your finished baked chicken with a slice of cheddar or brie and broil the dish until the cheese is melty and bubbly.
Aside from the fact that it’s delicious, the mustard in this dish will actually tenderize your chicken! The acidity of the mustard helps to break down the meat, making it juicy and flavorful.
Chicken thighs are a dark meat, meaning that they are fattier than a white meat cut like chicken breast. Because of this, chicken thighs almost always have a richer, juicier flavor!
What Goes Well with Baked Honey Mustard Chicken?
My sweet and tangy honey mustard chicken thighs pair well with tons of different sides. I like to keep things classic and comforting by pairing this chicken with roasted potatoes, homemade focaccia, and lemon pepper asparagus. You can also serve this hearty dish with a spinach salad, butter and parmesan noodles, or sweet potato fries. Don’t forget to jazz up this entrée by garnishing the chicken thighs with some extra rosemary, thyme, or a drizzle of your homemade honey mustard sauce.
How to Store Honey Mustard Chicken
If you have any leftover honey mustard chicken, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge. When stored properly, this chicken should stay fresh for up to 5 days. This dish is best reheated in a 375°F air fryer for 3-4 minutes or until warmed through. Alternatively, you can reheat your baked chicken in the microwave for about 45 seconds. I recommend adding some extra sauce to keep the leftover chicken from drying out.
Not a fan of stone ground mustard? You can use your favorite kind of mustard in this dish. Dijon, spicy brown, or even regular old yellow mustard will work!
When you omit the chicken, this is simply a recipe for a really yummy homemade honey mustard sauce. You can use this sauce to glaze other meats, as a marinade, or even as a dipping sauce for fries or chicken strips.
Use this cooking method to make different flavors of baked chicken thighs! Simply swap out the honey mustard for your sauce of choice. Barbecue, buffalo, and parmesan garlic are some of my other favorite sauces to bake onto chicken.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- You can prepare this meal up to 24 hours in advance! Once you’ve brushed the sauce over the chicken, cover the baking dish with a layer or two of plastic wrap and let it marinate in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it.
- If you don’t have fresh thyme or rosemary on hand, you can always use the dried versions or an Italian seasoning blend instead.
- You’ll know this honey mustard chicken is done cooking when a thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest thigh reads 165°F.
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Honey Mustard Chicken
- 8 chicken thighs
- ½ cup stone ground mustard
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon dried
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or ¼ teaspoon dried
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the chicken thighs in a 9x13 inch glass baking dish and set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mustard, honey, salt, thyme, rosemary, and garlic powder until homogenous.
- Use a pastry brush or spoon to coat the chicken thighs in the sauce.
- Cook the chicken thighs in the oven for an hour, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Serve and enjoy!
- This chicken can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
- You can prep this chicken up to 24 hours ahead and let it marinate before cooking.
- If you do not have stone ground mustard, you can also use dijon mustard.
- I prefer using fresh herbs, but you can also use dried thyme and rosemary. This chicken is great topped with a few fresh sprigs of thyme.
- You can use either boneless thighs or bone-in thighs. The boneless thigh take less time to cook generally so check them at around the 45 minute mark.
Honey mustard chicken is a simple, elegant dish that can be prepped in just 15 minutes and easily makes enough to serve eight people! Enjoy from my kitchen to yours.