Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

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Everyone is always looking for a new chicken dinner that truly is a winner. Guess what? Here it is.

This dish just works on so many levels. First and foremost, it’s incredibly tasty, juicy, and always a family favorite. Almost just as wonderful is how simple it is to prepare. From start to finish, this chicken dinner is on the table in about 45 minutes (with very little prep work).


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How To Make Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

This recipe is extremely adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand.

The sauce can even be made hours in advance so all you have to do is pour it over the chicken, cover, and bake.

Depending on the size of your chicken breasts, you can let them marinate for up to 12 hours (or overnight). Smaller pieces should marinate no longer than 6 hours (it’s okay to pour the sauce directly over the chicken and then bake immediately).

A white oval platter filled with layers of sliced baked honey mustard chicken garnished with sprigs of fresh parsley.

The Best Way To Cook Chicken Breasts

There are multiple methods for cooking chicken breasts. Here are some of our favorites:

Oven-Baked: This method is simple and we honestly feel produces the most consistently juicy meat. Start by covering the dish with foil, bake for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on the size of the breasts) at 400°F, uncover, and finish off uncovered for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Grilling: This is another favorite method of ours. Super simple and you’ll get that lovely smokey taste from the grill. Simply heat your grill to medium-high heat and place the breasts over direct heat. Grill, turning about every 5 minutes, until nicely charred and fully cooked (165°F). We don’t think the chicken is as juicy as oven-baked, but you get added flavor from the smokey grill.
Air Fry: Another fast and simple way to prepare chicken breasts. Brush the glaze all over the chicken breasts and then place in an oiled basked and cook at 350°F for 20 minutes. We feel this produces the least juicy chicken, but the ease of cooking in the air-fry is very tempting.

EXPERT TIP: This step is not 100% necessary, but we find searing the breasts first locks in flavor and juiciness. Simply brush a little olive oil all over the breasts, liberally salt and pepper all over, and then sear until lightly browned on both sides. If you’re crunched for time, skip this step.

Two large chicken breasts that are being seared in a black non-stick skillet over a gas stove.

The Ingredients You Will Need

In addition to the chicken breasts that we season with salt, pepper, and brush with olive oil, you’ll need some variation of the following ingredients to make the most amazing honey mustard glaze.

  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Honey
  • Italian Dressing
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Oregano

You can really go with any type of mustard, and there are plenty to choose from. Learn more about all types of mustards here.

We find the stone ground lends an extra punch of flavor, but not too much. It combined with the more yellow mustard produces the most amazing taste and texture. Of course, you could also go with Dijon, spicy brown, Creole, or any combination of your favorite mustards!

EXPERT TIP: The addition of Italian dressing gives this glaze a depth of flavor that is just spectacular. Of course, our homemade Italian dressing is wonderful, but you can certainly go with good-quality store-bought dressing and have stellar results.

A bowl filled with honey mustard sauce being poured over seared chicken breasts in a white baking dish.

We use a 9″x13″ baking dish to prepare our Baked Honey Mustard Chicken.

Lightly grease the dish with cooking spray, and then place the seared and seasoned chicken breasts in a flat row. Try not to have them overlap too much.

Pour the sauce directly over them, bake them covered at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes, and then uncover for another 10 to 15 minutes.

EXPERT TIP: You’ll want the chicken to reach an internal temperature of 160°F. The chicken will rise another 5 degrees after you remove it from the oven. An instant-read thermometer ensures you’ve cooked your chicken perfectly.

A white 9 by 13-inch baking dish filled with three whole boneless skinless chicken breasts baked with a honey mustard sauce on them.

How To Serve Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

This really is the ultimate weeknight dinner, however, it is so juicy and delicious, it perfect for serving to guests, too.

Our favorite sides include:

Maple Glazed Carrots
Roasted Broccoli with a Kick
Yellow Squash Casserole
Sautéed Mushrooms
Roasted Potatoes in Foil

EXPERT TIP: Three large chicken breasts (totaling 1½ to 2½ lbs) will easily feed a family of four. We slice the breasts into strips and drizzle that amazing sauce over the top. Leave some of the sauce for passing at the table.

A white dinner plate filled with slices of baked honey mustard chicken, sliced carrots, rice pilaf, next to a gold fork and a glass of iced tea.

Everyone is looking for a fabulous new chicken recipe, right?

Well, folks, we can safely say this is one of the best we’ve ever tried and served.

You’ll love how easy it is to prepare, and your loved ones will love how juicy and delicious it is!

A white dinner plate filled with 5 slices of cut baked honey mustard chicken sitting next to sliced carrots and rice pilaf also on the plate.

Ready to make a chicken dinner that everyone will be requesting time and time again? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!

A white dinner plate filled with 5 slices of cut baked honey mustard chicken sitting next to sliced carrots and rice pilaf also on the plate.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken is one of the best weeknight dinners of all time. Go with boneless skinless chicken breasts and you and your family won't believe how juicy and deeply flavorful the dish is. And it's ready in under an hour!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy chicken recipe, how to bake chicken, weeknight recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 426kcal

Equipment

  • 9"x13" baking dish

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 2 tbs olive oil divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking spray

For the Honey Mustard Glaze/Sauce

  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup stone-ground mustard
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp Italian dressing
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • parsley fresh, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Brush about 1 tbsp of olive oil all over the chicken breasts. Liberally salt and pepper the chicken all over.
  • Heat the remaining tbsp of oil in a large skillet (preferably non-stick) or medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts (working in batches, if necessary), and cook until lightly browned on both sides. The chicken will not be cooked through at this point.
  • Lightly spray the baking dish with cooking spray or a small amount of oil.
  • Place the chicken breasts in the bottom of the dish. It's okay they overlap slightly.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the honey mustard sauce ingredients until fully combined. Pour the sauce all over the top of the chicken. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes (if using extra large chicken breasts, let them bake for 30 minutes). Uncover and continue baking until an internal temperature reaches 160 to 165°F.
  • Remove the chicken and let rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. The chicken temperature will rise another 5 degrees. Either slice and serve, or serve each breast whole. If desired, drizzle sauce over the chicken and pass extra at the table.

Notes

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Three 8 to 10-ounce chicken breasts will easily feed a family of four.  We slice them into medallions for easy serving.  Or, serve each breast whole.  Be sure to pass the sauce when serving. 
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be substituted in place of the breasts.    They will only take about a total of 20 to 25 minutes.  If serving bone-in, you'll need to increase the baking time by another 15 to 20 minutes.  An instant-read thermometer is critical in ensuring you've reached an internal temperature of 160 to 165°F. 
Any leftover chicken will keep covered in the fridge for up to 5 to 6 days and can be frozen for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 687mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 Comments

  • 5 stars
    Wow you weren’t kidding about the sauce being fantastic! And the chicken did indeed come out nice and juicy. Really looking forward to leftovers!

    • Hi Veronica! We are so so happy you made the baked honey mustard chicken and loved it! Leftovers are soooo good!! Thank you so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review. That honestly means the world to us! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Susie! We have not tried this particular sauce/glaze with a pork tenderloin…but…we can guarantee it would be DELICIOUS!! Roast it with the sauce, then slice, and drizzle the sauce all over the slices. YUM!! Let us know if you make it and how it turns out!!! Best, Kris & Wesley

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