Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Perfectly baked Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs are irresistibly caramelized on the outside and succulent on the inside. Baking this recipe in a casserole dish allows the bottom of the chicken to self-baste in the honey mustard sauce, for delectably saucy, flavorful chicken.

This easy chicken dinner is a perfect weeknight meal. If you love this chicken thighs recipe, these Baked Chicken Legs and Oven Baked Chicken Breast are also must-tries!

Overhead view of baked honey mustard chicken thighs in a ceramic casserole dish.

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Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs Recipe

This classic baked chicken recipe packs so much flavor. Cooking bone-in chicken thighs in a hot oven while they self-baste in homemade honey mustard sauce results in the juiciest chicken meat. Meanwhile, the skins bake up caramelized and golden, locking in all the mouthwatering sweet and tangy flavors. 

Before serving, drizzle your cooked, sliced chicken thighs with pan drippings for an even more irresistible flavor. All you need to make this easy chicken recipe into a meal is a side of fluffy White Rice and your choice of veggie side (we’re partial to Roasted Broccoli). You can even roast your vegetables in a separate pan at the same time as your chicken. It’s the ultimate family-friendly weeknight dinner.

Why You’ll Love Honey Mustard Chicken

You won’t believe how easy it is to make juicy, flavor-packed chicken. Here are even more reasons we can’t get enough of this baked honey mustard chicken recipe:

  • Minimal Prep – Have your chicken thighs ready for the oven in minutes.
  • Flavorful – These succulent chicken thighs are saturated in tangy honey mustard flavor.
  • Versatile – Pair your baked chicken thighs with your favorite sides for a delicious and no-fuss meal, and then save your leftovers for lunch.
Close up of baked honey mustard chicken thighs in a baking dish.

Ingredients

You only need a small number of ingredients to make these honey mustard chicken thighs. Below is a quick overview of what you’ll need, with the full details available in the recipe card.

  • Chicken Thighs – We recommend bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for this recipe. Trim away any fat that would otherwise accumulate in the pan while roasting, along with excess skin (see our pro tip below).
  • Dijon Mustard – Dijon mustard has a milder flavor than traditional yellow mustard, but you can use any kind of mustard you prefer. Use spicy or English mustard for an even stronger flavor. Grainy mustard also adds nice color and flavor.
  • Honey – The natural sweetness of honey balances the sharpness of the mustard and aromatic garlic perfectly. It’s a perfect match.
  • Olive Oil – or any kind of oil will work here.
  • Garlic – Freshly minced garlic is best. We use 3 cloves, but you can adapt the number to suit your and your family’s tastes.
  • Seasonings – Salt and freshly cracked black pepper are a must. We also add dried or fresh rosemary for even more depth of flavor.
The ingredients for baked honey mustard chicken thighs.

Pro Tip: If your chicken has excess fat or excess skin that wraps underneath the thighs, we recommend trimming it away. This way the thigh meat can self-baste directly in the sauce and juices. Leave the skin on top of the chicken thigh intact, to seal in moisture and protect the meat from high heat.

How to Make Honey Mustard Chicken

Honey mustard chicken is truly one of the easiest baked chicken thigh recipes you’ll make. It comes together fast and there’s no marinating required. You’ll have everything ready in the time it takes to preheat your oven.

  1. Prep the Chicken – Using a paper towel, gently pat your chicken thighs dry, arrange them in a baking dish, and give them a generous sprinkle with salt and pepper. Now, it’s time to get this succulent chicken ready for the oven:
  2. Prepare the Glaze – Whisk together the ingredients for the honey mustard sauce.
  3. Coat the Chicken – Next, use a basting brush to brush the honey Dijon mixture all over the top and sides of each chicken thigh. Make sure they’re well coated.
  4. Bake – Afterward, bake the chicken thighs for about 40-45 minutes, until they’re cooked through (see the next section for how to tell when your chicken is done baking). 
  5. Serve – plate the chicken and spoon over some of the pan sauce for extra flavor with every bite of juicy chicken.
Photo collage showing the process of baking chicken thighs with honey mustard sauce.

Pro Tip: Broiling for 1-2 minutes at the very end gives the chicken thighs a lovely golden brown color, but remember to keep a close eye so that they don’t burn. Every oven is different, and the chicken may brown faster beneath certain broilers.

How Do I Know When Chicken Thighs Are Done?

According to USDA guidelines, chicken is safe to eat when it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. The easiest way to tell if your chicken is done is to take the temperature at the thickest part with an instant-read thermometer. I love my chicken thighs to get to 175˚ because the collagen breaks down and it becomes even more tender. That’s what I love about chicken thighs – dark meat chicken is more forgiving.

An instant-read thermometer used to take the temperature of oven-baked chicken thighs in a casserole dish.

Common Questions

Can I use boneless skinless thighs?

Yes, though boneless chicken will bake faster. Bake the thighs for 20-25 minutes or until the center reaches 165ºF on a meat thermometer.

Can I use chicken legs?

Also yes. Chicken legs will need to cook a bit longer, and until the internal temperature reaches 175ºF.

Can I bake this on a rimmed baking sheet?

If you prefer crispier chicken, go ahead and use a rimmed baking sheet. The sauce gets more dispersed and evaporates more quickly. Just be sure to line the baking sheet for easier cleanup – burnt sugar is a pain to scrub off (see photo above for proof)!

baked chicken thighs in honey mustard sauce in a ceramic casserole dish.

What to Serve with Chicken Thighs

This succulent honey mustard chicken is an easy family meal, and it’s just as perfect to make when we entertain. The flavors are super satisfying and pair well with loads of easy side dishes. Try these serving ideas:

A fork stuck into a slice of juicy chicken thighs served with honey mustard sauce

Make-Ahead

This recipe is great for meal prep, and leftovers keep well for easy lunches. Make sure to store your baked chicken thighs within 2 hours.

  • To Refrigerate: Store leftover chicken airtight in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. You can enjoy leftover chicken cold over salads, or in sandwiches and wraps.
  • Reheating: It’s always best to reheat meats using the same method they were cooked initially. Reheat baked chicken in the oven at 350ºF. We do not recommend microwaving chicken (microwaved chicken always tastes weird to me).
  • To Freeze: Cooked honey mustard chicken freezes well. Store it in an airtight, freezer-safe container or resealable bag, and keep it frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw the chicken in the fridge overnight before reheating.

It’s hard to beat the ease and flavor of this sweet-tangy honey mustard chicken recipe. Chicken thighs bake up so perfectly using this method, you’re going to love it!

Overhead view of baked honey mustard chicken thighs on a blue platter.

More Easy Chicken Recipes

If your family is head-over-heels about chicken dinners also, wait until you try these other delicious chicken recipes:

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Overhead view of baked honey mustard chicken thighs in a ceramic casserole dish.

These juicy Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs are irresistibly crisp on the outside and smothered in mouthwatering homemade honey mustard sauce.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: baked chicken thighs, honey mustard chicken, honey mustard chicken thighs

Skill Level: Easy

Cost to Make: $10-$12

Calories: 371

Servings: 8 servings

  • 3 lbs bone-in skin-on chicken thighs, (8 count), trimmed of excess skin and fat
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper, plus more to garnish
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, about 1 Tbsp minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary, or 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ̊F. Pat chicken thighs dry with a paper towel. Set chicken thighs in a 9×13 casserole dish and season all over with salt and pepper.

  2. In a small mixing bowl, add Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil, garlic, and rosemary. Stir until well combined.

  3. Brush the honey mustard mixture generously over the top and sides of the chicken.

  4. Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through and registers at least 165 ̊F, or preferably 175˚F on a meat thermometer. Broil for 1-2 minutes to brown the tops if desired.

  5. Remove from the oven and spoon the pan sauce over the chicken to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 371 Calories from Fat 234

% Daily Value*

Fat 26g40%

Saturated Fat 7g44%

Trans Fat 0.1g

Polyunsaturated Fat 5g

Monounsaturated Fat 11g

Cholesterol 142mg47%

Sodium 488mg21%

Potassium 320mg9%

Carbohydrates 10g3%

Fiber 0.4g2%

Sugar 9g10%

Protein 24g48%

Vitamin A 119IU2%

Vitamin C 0.4mg0%

Calcium 20mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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