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The crispiest, juiciest roasted Honey Mustard Chicken is ready for the oven with just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep! Use chicken breasts or chicken thighs for this easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love.

Close up shot of a honey mustard chicken thigh on a baking sheet with a spatula and fresh herbs

This quick Dijon mustard chicken recipe is about to become a staple in your regular dinner rotation. It’s sweet, savory, sticky and crispy — everything that roasted chicken should be! With a touch of garlic and fresh herbs, the simple, flavorful meat pairs nicely with almost any of your favorite sides.

What is Honey Mustard Chicken?

This classic dish is made with your favorite chicken parts, which are roasted in the oven and basted with a sweet and savory honey mustard chicken sauce! We prefer using bone-in, skin-on chicken parts (pick your favorites!), but the sauce will also be delicious on boneless, skinless meat. It’s a versatile and simple recipe that’s full of rich flavor.

Front shot of honey mustard chicken on a blue and white plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

How to make Honey Mustard Chicken:

You only need 5 simple pantry staples (plus salt and pepper) and about 5 minutes of prep to pull together this easy dinner! Let’s get started:

Ingredients:

  • Bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic

First, place chicken (skin-side up) on a foil-lined baking sheet. Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.

Bone in skin on chicken thighs on a baking sheet

Next, prepare the honey mustard sauce by whisking together the mustard, honey, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.

Honey mustard sauce in a glass bowl

If using thighs, as shown here, baste the honey mustard sauce on the chicken before it goes into the oven. If using chicken breasts (which take longer to cook), I recommend waiting to baste the chicken until the final 20-25 minutes of baking time.

Brushing honey mustard sauce on a chicken thighs before baking

How long does it take to bake a chicken breast or chicken thigh?

The total cooking time will vary slightly depending on the size and thickness of your chicken pieces. Chicken breasts are larger than thighs and therefore require more time in the oven.

Bake the bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts in a 425 degree F oven for a total of about 45-60 minutes, or the bone-in, skin-on thighs for a total of about 25-30 minutes. The meat is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Spatula lifting a piece of honey mustard chicken from a baking sheet

What to serve with Honey Mustard Chicken:

This versatile dish goes well with almost any of your favorite sides. For instance, try pairing the chicken with mashed potatoes, rice, buttered noodles or biscuits.

For some veggies, you can serve a simple green salad with buttermilk dressing, roasted broccoli, Southern Collard Greens, Fried Cabbage with Apples and Onion, or Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans.

Honey Mustard Chicken on a wooden table with fresh herbs in the background

How to make Honey Mustard Chicken and Potatoes:

If you’d like to add potatoes to your dinner, you can easily roast diced red potatoes in the same oven with your chicken. You’ll need about 24 ounces of petite red potatoes, quartered or halved (depending on their size). Toss the potatoes with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake in the same 425 degree F oven for about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Is this chicken healthy?

Yes! This recipe offers a relatively low-calorie lean source of protein. You can remove the skin if you’re looking to reduce the fat and sugar, but one roasted chicken thigh with the skin still has less than 200 calories!

This recipe is not Keto-friendly or low-carb, thanks to the honey mustard sauce. One roasted chicken thigh has 8.7 grams of carbs.

Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations:

  • You can use any chicken parts that your family prefers. We like a combination of chicken thighs (shown here) and chicken breasts, but you can also make Honey Mustard Chicken Wings or Honey Mustard Chicken Legs. Just adjust the baking time for the smaller pieces.
  • Even if you don’t want to eat the skin, I highly recommend using bone-in, skin-on chicken for this recipe. The skin and bones add so much flavor to the meat (even if you pull the skin off after cooking), and the skin keeps the meat exceptionally moist and juicy! If you must, you can substitute with boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs — it just won’t taste quite as good. You’ll also need to decrease the baking time for boneless chicken pieces by about 15 minutes (give or take, depending on the size of your chicken).
  • Total cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken. I recommend using a meat thermometer to know when your chicken is perfectly done. The meat is cooked through when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • I suggest waiting to baste your chicken with the honey mustard sauce until the final 20-25 minutes, since the sugar in the sauce will burn if it’s in the oven for much longer. Even if the skin gets a little burned, it’s still delicious, though!
  • You can use any mustard that you prefer. I like a classic Dijon, but a grainy stone-ground mustard or a regular yellow mustard will also work.
  • Don’t want to use fresh garlic? Substitute with a dash of garlic powder.
  • Don’t like rosemary? Substitute with any other herbs that you prefer!
  • Chicken thighs are smaller than chicken breasts, so you may need to prepare more than 4 thighs to serve a hungry family of 4!
  • Leftover chicken will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Use the meat on a salad, in sandwiches, or to make chicken salad!
  • Can you freeze Honey Mustard Chicken? Yes, however, I recommend pulling off the skin and freezing the cooked chicken meat without the skin. The skin will not have the same crispy texture when it’s thawed, so you will probably want to discard it. Wrapped tightly, the cooked chicken will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Overhead shot of honey mustard chicken thigh on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans

What else can I make with mustard?

Close up shot of a honey mustard chicken thigh on a baking sheet with a spatula and fresh herbs

Honey Mustard Chicken

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
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Total: 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 197.4 kcal
The crispiest, juiciest roasted Honey Mustard Chicken is ready for the oven with just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep!

Ingredients
  

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary (or ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley and rosemary

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the chicken (skin-side up) on the prepared baking sheet. Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, honey, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. If using chicken thighs, baste the thighs with the mustard sauce before baking. If using chicken breasts, wait until the final 20 minutes of baking to baste with the sauce.
  • Bake chicken breasts for 45 minutes – 1 hour or chicken thighs for 25-30 minutes (or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F). If your chicken starts to get too dark at any point during the baking process, you can shield the meat loosely with foil (don't wrap tightly) to prevent excessive browning while the meat cooks through.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh herbs, if desired.

Notes

  • You can use any chicken parts that your family prefers. We like a combination of chicken thighs (shown here) and chicken breasts, but you can also make Honey Mustard Chicken Wings or Honey Mustard Chicken Legs. Just adjust the baking time for the smaller pieces.
  • Even if you don’t want to eat the skin, I highly recommend using bone-in, skin-on chicken for this recipe. The skin and bones add so much flavor to the meat (even if you pull the skin off after cooking), and the skin keeps the meat exceptionally moist and juicy! If you must, you can substitute with boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs — it just won’t taste quite as good. You’ll also need to decrease the baking time for boneless chicken pieces by about 15 minutes (give or take, depending on the size of your chicken).
  • Total cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your chicken. I recommend using a meat thermometer to know when your chicken is perfectly done. The meat is cooked through when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • I suggest waiting to baste your chicken with the honey mustard sauce until the final 20-25 minutes, since the sugar in the sauce will burn if it’s in the oven for much longer. Even if the skin gets a little burned, it’s still delicious, though!
  • You can use any mustard that you prefer. I like a classic Dijon, but a grainy stone-ground mustard or a regular yellow mustard will also work.
  • Don’t want to use fresh garlic? Substitute with a dash of garlic powder.
  • Don’t like rosemary? Substitute with any other herbs that you prefer!
  • Chicken thighs are smaller than chicken breasts, so you may need to prepare more than 4 thighs to serve a hungry family of 4!
  • Leftover chicken will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Use the meat on a salad, in sandwiches, or to make chicken salad!
  • Can you freeze Honey Mustard Chicken? Yes, however, I recommend pulling off the skin and freezing the cooked chicken meat without the skin. The skin will not have the same crispy texture when it’s thawed, so you will probably want to discard it. Wrapped tightly, the cooked chicken will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • If you’d like to add potatoes to your dinner, you can easily roast diced red potatoes in the same oven with your chicken. You’ll need about 24 ounces of petite red potatoes, quartered or halved (depending on their size). Toss the potatoes with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake in the same 425 degree F oven for about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken thigh (with skin) with honey mustard sauceCalories: 197.4kcalCarbohydrates: 8.7gProtein: 16gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 519.1mgPotassium: 5.5mgSugar: 8.6g
Keyword: baked chicken, Honey Mustard Chicken
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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