Honey Mustard Chicken

Honey mustard chicken baked with potatoes and green beans for a flavor bursting meal-in-one!

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken is a no-fuss, one-pan-meal OR you can just bake the chicken – either way, this Honey Mustard Chicken is destined to become a go-to chicken dinner favorite!  The chicken breasts emerge outrageously juicy from a quick brine and then are slathered in a spice rub and smothered in the BEST homemade honey mustard sauce – no boring, one note Honey Mustard Chicken here!  The potatoes and green beans are tossed with salt and pepper then seep up the honey mustard drippings of the succulent baked chicken.  You can prep the entire dinner ahead of time then refrigerate and bake for all those busy weeknights.  Did someone say winner, winner chicken dinner?

Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe Video

top view of baked Honey Mustard Chicken and potatoes with green beans

This Honey Mustard Chicken was an instant winner at our house.  In fact, I made it twice in one week to perfect the recipe and it was gobbled up with pleasure both times.   It joins the ranks of my other popular one pan meals such as my Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp and Asparagus, Chili Dijon Pork with Potatoes and Green Beans, and Garlic Herb Chicken and Potatoes (see more here) – you just can’t beat cooking your protein and veggies/sides in one pan!

This easy, lazy day Honey Mustard Chicken uses pantry friendly ingredients to deliver a sweet and tangy one pan feast.   That being said, if you don’t have green beans or potatoes on hand, or would rather serve your Honey Mustard Chicken with something else, you can skip the vegetables entirely and just bake the Honey Mustard Chicken.  Just promise you’ll make this Honey Mustard Chicken because I guarantee it will be love at firsts bite!

up close of bests honey mustard chicken breasts on green beansWhat Mustard Is best for Honey Mustard Sauce?

Mustard is made by mixing and/or grinding the seeds of the mustard plant with liquid.  We get different types of mustard depending on what seed and liquid is used.  I like to combine the following three different mustard to create a dynamic honey mustard sauce for this Honey Mustard  Chicken:

Dijon Mustardmade from fine ground hotter brown or black mustard seeds and white wine which give it a sharp, pungent flavor with a little heat.

Stone Ground Mustard:  mustard usually made with the hotter brown or black mustard seeds like Dijon mustard but the seeds are only partially ground down, leaving some whole, to create a thick paste. Stone Ground mustard is typically robust and sharp in flavor.

Yellow Mustard:  a mild, smooth mustard made from fine ground yellow mustard seeds and turmeric for a clean mustard taste.

showing how to make Honey Mustard Chicken by adding, yellow mustard, Dijon mustard and honey mustard to a glass bowl

How do you make honey and mustard sauce?

There are many different combinations for honey mustard but my favorite is a quick whisking of:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

Each type of mustard offers its own varied mustard flair for multi-dimensional flavor.  If you taste the Honey Mustard Sauce just on its own, it might taste a little sweet, but when it envelops the chicken bursting with spices, it becomes a mesmerizing sweet and tangy combo.

You can make the Honey Mustard Sauce up to 1 week ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

showing how to make Honey Mustard Chicken by whisking together honey mustard sauce

Can I substitute Dijon or Stone Ground Mustard?

If you don’t typically stock Dijon, Stone Ground and Yellow Mustard, then you can just use yellow mustard plus either Dijon or Stone Ground and use half of each (3 tablespoons each).  For example,  you can use half yellow mustard (3 tablespoons) and either half Dijon or half Stone Ground (3 tablespoons).

up close of bests honey mustard chicken breasts with potatoes

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN JUICY?

When we think juicy chicken, we usually think juicy thighs – BUT you can transform your chicken breasts into the JUICIEST part of the chicken with a 15 minute brine!

You are probably familiar with brining a turkey, (and I always brine all my pork tenderloin), but brining chicken breasts will change your life!  Instead of dry, tough chicken, brining produces perfectly tender, juicy chicken, every single time without having to prep and plan ahead with a marinade.

top view of two plates of honey mustard chicken with potatoes and green beans

To brine chicken, all you do is mix kosher salt with warm water and add your chicken for 15-30 minutes.  The salt increases the moisture capacity of the chicken by breaking down the proteins so they can no longer contract when cooking.  This means less water will be squeezed out and lost, resulting in juicier chicken.   Another plus of brining is the chicken sits at room temperature which makes for more even cooking. Winning!

Just a quick note about brining – Do NOT use table salt in your brining solution, only kosher salt.  Table salt will make your chicken too salty.

Okay, now that you know how to make the juiciest chicken are you ready to make the juiciest Honey Mustard Chicken of your life?!

front up close view of baked honey mustard chicken breasts

How do you make honey mustard chicken?

You can just bake the Honey Mustard Chicken and omit the green beans and potatoes if you prefer and go straight to step 3.

Step 1:  Potatoes

Add potatoes to a microwave safe dish with enough water to fill 1/4” up the sides. Cover, and microwave for 6 minutes. Drain water and add potatoes to a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish.  Par-boiling the potatoes ensures they will all be cooked when the chicken is done otherwise they will cook unevenly because they are stacked on top of each other.

Toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper then divide them in half and push to the sides of the pan, making room for the green beans down the middle.

Step 2:  Green Beans

While the green beans are on still on the cutting board, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Each element of a dish should be seasoned so it is independently delicious and exponentially delicious all together.

showing how to make Honey Mustard Chicken by seasoning green beans with olive oil, salt and pepper
Line the green beans down the center of the pan in between the potatoes – they will not be in a single layer but slightly overlapping.
showing how to make Honey Mustard Chicken by layering red potatoes on the sides of the pan with green beans down the middle

Step 3:  Chicken

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and all “chicken seasonings” to a large bowl and stir together to make a wet rub. Add chicken and massage the spices into the chicken with your hands. While the chicken is still in the bowl, coat both sides of the chicken evenly in the Honey Mustard Sauce. Transfer chicken to baking dish, and spoon over any remaining sauce/spices from the bowl.

showing how to make Honey Mustard Chicken by whisking spices with olive oil in a glass bowl
showing how to make Honey Mustard Chicken by rubbing chicken in spices

Step 4:  Bake

Cover Honey Mustard Chicken, green beans and potatoes with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10-20 minutes OR until chicken is cooked through (an instant read thermometer should register 165 degrees F, cooking time may be more or less depending on thickness of chicken). Brush chicken again with Honey Mustard Sauce.

showing how to make Honey Mustard Chicken by layering green beans, potatoes and honey mustard chicken in a 9x13 pan

Step 5: Rest

Let chicken rest 5-10 minutes before slicing so the juices that have been pushed to the outside of the chicken while baking can be redistributed and reabsorbed.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BAKE CHICKEN?

This Honey Mustard Chicken takes anywhere from 25-40 minutes to bake depending on the size and thickness of your chicken breasts.  I highly recommend investing in a meat thermometer otherwise there is no accurate way to check and see when your chicken is cooked without slicing it open and loosing valuable juices.

When checking the temperature of the chicken, make sure you insert the thermometer at the thickest part of the meat.  The safe internal temperature for cooked chicken breasts is 165 degrees F, so I usually bake it to 160 because it will continue to bake at least to 165 as it rests for 10 minutes.

How do you make honey mustard chicken thighs?

I chose boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they are leaner but emerge unbelievably juicy with a brine, but you are welcome to use chicken thighs if you prefer.  You do not need to brine chicken thighs.

To make Honey Mustard Chicken with chicken thighs, you can use either bone in, or boneless chicken thighs, but be sure to remove the skin otherwise the chicken and potatoes will be swimming in grease.  I also recommend searing the chicken thighs before adding to the potatoes and green beans to render some of the fat and to give the chicken even more flavor.

top view of a serving spoon serving up Honey Mustard Chicken and potatotes

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs, Bone In: 

  1. Remove skin from chicken thighs.
  2. Rub with spices according to directions.
  3. Sear for 3-5 minutes per side until golden then coat in ¼ cup Honey Mustard Sauce.
  4. Place Chicken thighs on top of green beans.
  5. Cover and bake at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes, remove foil.  Check for doneness then continue to bake uncovered an additional 10-15 minutes if needed or until chicken is cooked through and registers 175 degrees F.

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs, Boneless 

  1. Remove skin from chicken thighs.
  2. Rub with spices according to directions.
  3. Sear for 3-5 minutes per side until golden then coat in ¼ cup Honey Mustard Sauce.
  4. Place Chicken thighs on top of green beans.
  5. Cover and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, remove foil and check for doneness.   Continue to bake, uncovered, an additional 5-10 minutes if needed OR until cooked through.

side view of easy honey mustard chicken on a plate with potatoes and green beans

How do you make honey mustard grilled chicken?

This Honey Mustard Chicken is so tantalizing you are going to want to make it in every form!  To make Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken:

    1. Brine chicken breasts according to directions.
    2. Grease and preheat the grill to medium heat, 375-450°F.
    3. Rub chicken with spices according to directions then coat in ¼ cup Honey Mustard Sauce.
    1. Grill chicken over direct heat undisturbed for 5-7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through (An inserted thermometer should read 165 degrees F).
  1. Remove chicken to cutting board and baste additional Honey Mustard Sauce.  Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
up close of a plate of baked honey mustard chicken laying on potatoes and green beans

CAN I MAKE HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes!  You can completely assemble the Honey Mustard Chicken with the potatoes and green beans up to the point of baking, cover tightly and refrigerate.  Cover and refrigerate the unused Honey Mustard Sauce separately.

When ready to bake, either let the dish sit at room temperature for 30 minutes (preferable) or be prepared to add an extra 10 minutes or so to the baking time.

WHAT SIDE DISHES GO WITH HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN?

This Honey Mustard Chicken really is a meal-in-one but that doesn’t mean we can’t add more!  I like to serve it with:

a fork taking a bit of juicy honey mustard chicken and potatoes with homemade honey mustard sauce

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Honey Mustard Chicken

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken with OPTIONAL potatoes and green beans is a a no-fuss, one-pan-meal! The chicken breasts emerge outrageously juicy from a quick brine and then are slathered in a spice rub and smothered in the BEST honey mustard sauce - no boring, one note honey mustard chicken here!  The potatoes and green beans are tossed with salt and pepper then seep up the honey mustard drippings of the succulent baked chicken.  You can prep the entire dinner ahead of time then refrigerate and bake.  Did someone say winner, winner chicken dinner?
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken fillets (large chicken breasts sliced through the equator)
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 4 cups warm water
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp EACH garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dried parsley, salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch-1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

Vegetables (optional)*

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 lbs. red potatoes cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1 lb. green beans ends trimmed

Instructions

  • Combine warm water and kosher salt together in a glass dish. Stir until the salt dissolves. Add chicken and let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes while you prep the rest of your ingredients. Remove chicken from the brine, rinse in cold water and pat dry.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together honey mustard sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Remove ¼ cup to coat chicken before it bakes - save the rest of the sauce for after the chicken bakes. Set aside.
  • Add potatoes to a microwave safe dish. Add enough water to fill 1/4” up the sides. Cover, and microwave for 6 minutes. Drain water and add potatoes to a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish. Add one tablespoon olive oil, ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Toss to evenly coat then divide potatoes in half and push to the sides of the pan, making room for the green beans down the middle (see photos in post).
  • While the green beans are on the cutting board, toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Line green beans down the center of the pan in between the potatoes (they will not be in a single layer but slightly overlapping).
  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and all “chicken seasonings” to a large bowl; stir together to make a wet rub. Add chicken and massage spices into the chicken with hands. Using the ¼ cup reserved Honey Mustard Sauce, coat both sides of the chicken evenly in sauce. Transfer chicken to baking dish, and spoon over any remaining sauce/spices from the bowl.
  • Cover pan with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Uncover and check for doneness with a meat thermometer. If needed, continue to bake, uncovered, an additional 10-20 minutes OR until chicken is cooked through (an instant read thermometer should register 165 degrees F, cooking time may be more or less depending on thickness of chicken). Let chicken rest 5-10 minutes before slicing chicken. Serve with remaining Honey Mustard Sauce.

Notes

Don't miss the "how to make" recipe video at the top of the post!
*You can use less potatoes and/or green beans and adjust olive oil, salt and pepper accordingly.

Can I substitute Dijon or Stone Ground Mustard?

If you don't typically stock Dijon, Stone Ground and Yellow Mustard, then you can just use yellow mustard plus either Dijon or Stone Ground and increase the measurements to 3 tablespoons each instead of 2 each.  For example,  you can use half yellow mustard (3 tablespoons) and either half Dijon or half Stone Ground (3 tablespoons)

CAN I MAKE HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes!  You can completely assemble the Honey Mustard Chicken with the potatoes and green beans up to the point of baking, cover tightly and refrigerate.  Cover and refrigerate the unused Honey Mustard Sauce separately.  When ready to bake, either let the dish sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or be prepared to add an extra 10 minutes or so to the baking time.

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs, Bone In: 

  1. Remove skin from chicken thighs.
  2. Rub with spices according to directions.
  3. Sear for 3-5 minutes per side until golden then coat in ¼ cup Honey Mustard Sauce.
  4. Place Chicken thighs on top of green beans.
  5. Cover and bake at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes, remove foil.  Check for doneness then continue to bake uncovered an additional 10-15 minutes if needed or until chicken is cooked through and registers 175 degrees F.

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs, Boneless 

  1. Remove skin from chicken thighs.
  2. Rub with spices according to directions.
  3. Sear for 3-5 minutes per side until golden then coat in ¼ cup Honey Mustard Sauce.
  4. Place Chicken thighs on top of green beans.
  5. Cover and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, remove foil and check for doneness.   Continue to bake, uncovered, an additional 5-10 minutes if needed OR until cooked through.

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59 Comments

  1. Crystal Cameron says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It was amazing! I usually want to tweak stuff I find online but this is perfect as is ( I did use smoked paprika because that’s what I had).

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Crystal! I’m so happy you loved it so much!

  2. Carla says

    This was so good. My family wants it all the time

    • Jen says

      I love hearing that, thanks Carla!

  3. Betsy says

    What does slicing down the equator mean?

    • Jen says

      It means to slice it horizontally through the center to create two smaller fillets.

  4. Shermila says

    Can I place on a Pyrex dish and bake

    • Jen says

      Any 9×13 should work great, enjoy!

  5. Betsy R says

    My husband and mother-in-law loved this meal! My husband wants me to make the honey mustard sauce for everything now. The green beans were a slightly over cooked for my preference but still very yummy. Thanks for a simple recipe.

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome Betsy, I’m so happy it was a winner!

  6. Kristie says

    Your directions were a little confusing I added the 1/4 cup of the honey mustard sauce to the chicken and rubbed it all and then when I added chicken to the pan I added the rest spooning it over from the other bowl so directions were a little bit hard to read not realizing until too late that that extra sauce was for after the chicken was cooked 🙁

    • Jen says

      Hi Kristie, I’m sorry you found the directions a bit confusing. It is a good idea to read a recipe all the way through before beginning.

  7. Christy says

    About how many calories per serving?

  8. Audrey says

    Hi,
    These look so yummy. Can you use pork chops instead of chicken?

    • Jen says

      Yes, I think pork chops would be tasty as well. Cook them just to 145 degrees F. Enjoy!

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