This honey mustard chicken thighs recipe is made with two types of mustard and a splash of soy sauce for added umami flavor. It’s such an easy dinner recipe!
Whenever I’m stuck on what to fix for dinner, I always come back to chicken. It’s a no-brainer. Particularly chicken thighs. I’ve professed my love of chicken thighs before in recipes like my Lemon Chicken Stew, Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup, and Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken. The darker meat creates an almost always juicy bite after 45-50 minutes in a 350°F oven.
Much like my chicken marsala and chicken piccata, these honey mustard baked chicken thighs are super saucy and a longtime chicken recipe staple of mine. They just hit every flavor note—sweet, tangy, zesty, savory. And with only 5 minutes of prep, they couldn’t be simpler to make. Just let them work their magic in the oven while you cook up some rice and green beans for some easy sides.
What is Honey Mustard Sauce Made Of
Besides boneless, skinless chicken thighs, all you’ll need is 6 ingredients (many of which you likely already have in your fridge and pantry) for the sweet and savory honey mustard sauce.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Whole grain mustard
- Dijon mustard
- Soy sauce—lends a salty, umami flavor and gives the sauce a bit of a hearty base
- Fresh tarragon (you could also use fresh thyme or rosemary)
- Fresh ginger
Note: I prefer using boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this baked honey mustard chicken, but you’re welcome to make this recipe using chicken breasts or tenders instead. See my notes below for the suggested cook time.
How to Make This Honey Mustard Chicken
This saucy baked chicken thighs recipe is a breeze to make. Here’s how to make it:
Prep the chicken. Trim any excess fat from the chicken thighs and rinse with cold water. Pat dry, then toss in the honey mustard chicken marinade.
Make the honey mustard sauce. Combine the whole grain mustard, Dijon mustard, honey, soy sauce, tarragon, and ginger in a large bowl. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat.
Bake the chicken. Place the thighs in a roasting dish, topping with more tarragon leaves if desired. Bake for 45 minutes or until the thighs register 175°F and the juices run clear. Spoon some more of that yummy cooked sauce from the roasting dish over the thighs before serving.
Can I Use Another Kind of Mustard?
German whole grain/stone ground mustard reign supreme in this recipe. If you don’t have grainy mustard, double up on the Dijon. I don’t recommend using American yellow mustard here as it’s too sour and doesn’t have the same depth of flavor as Dijon.
Is There a Soy Sauce Substitute I Can Use?
If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce, sub tamari in this recipe. And for a soy-free alternative, you can use coconut aminos. The flavor of the baked honey mustard chicken will differ slightly from my recipe, but it’ll still taste good!
Can I Use Chicken Breasts Instead of Thighs?
If you’re averse to dark meat, go ahead and do the old routine of chicken breasts. I would start checking the doneness of the meat at about 35-40 minutes since breast meat dries out quicker.
Note: When checking the doneness of the thighs you do NOT want to cut them open in the middle. This will cause the juices to spill out and will dry out the chicken.
What to Serve with Honey Mustard Chicken
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- German Potato Salad
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- Easy 5-Minute Zucchini Parmesan
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- Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta
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Honey Mustard Chicken
- ¼ cup whole grain/stone ground mustard
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons tarragon leaves , chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger , minced finely
- 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs*
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Trim any excess fat or skin from the chicken thighs, rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels then set aside.
- Combine the whole grain mustard, Dijon mustard, honey, soy sauce, tarragon, and ginger in a large bowl. Add the chicken thighs and toss to coat. Place the thighs in a roasting dish, topping with more tarragon leaves if desired.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until the thighs register 175°F and the juices run clear. Spoon some more of that yummy cooked sauce from the roasting dish over the thighs before serving.
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I meant to write and let you know that this is one of my favorite dinners. Since you posted this recipe, I’ve made this dozens of times. It’s absolutely delicious!
Made this tonight just remember, I forgot the ginger it was gorgeous, I’ll have to make it again with the ginger
I made this dish without the tarragon, as I didn’t have any on hand. So delicious!
I absolutely LOVE chicken thighs, because it’s inexpensive, flavorful and juicy. :-)
I was wondering if I could use the dry spice tarragon instead of fresh?
I’ve just made it and it is AWESOME! The ginger makes it even better. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
My husband and I literally make this at least every 2 weeks. It is a staple in our home. We like to pair it with some yellow saffron rice and omg . its incredible. and seriously SO EASY.
This has been a family favourite since I first found on Pinterest last year! I dated a boy at Uni who made Honey Mustard Chicken as his speciality, so I knew the flavour combo was a winner, but the fresh tarragon and ginger lift it to a whole new level! This is our dinner tonight, with a brown rice quinoa blends and a green salad – perfect summer meal!
So glad you’re continuing to enjoy it!
Thie Tomarkin (Sue chef of house)
nice recipe. Thanks! mom is gone and im looking for things to make…and i found this. Very simple and easy to make! Thanks Heidi!
Made this twice already. So easy and delicious. The tarragon really adds to it.
I’m so glad you liked it Tricia, I’m a big fan of tarragon too.
I made this tonight and it is definitely a keeper. All of my picky boys gobbled it up…until they asked the ingredients and I told them ginger. The looks were priceless. Next time I will just have to grate it instead of tiny dicing it. I am off to discover more of your delicious recipes.
I’m so glad you liked it! Great idea on grating the ginger, I’ve started doing that more often too.
Very nice recipe – just made it tonight, was super quick and delicious. I did not have tarragon so I subbed thyme…was tasty! I served over brown rice with a side of brussel sprouts – yum!
Mondo | I bake he shoots
looks damn tasty! pretty sure I’ll be making this tonight.
Made this today! I think I went overboard with the fresh ginger though, the ginger was overwhelming:( Should have stuck to exact measurements(I just eyeballed it). Had to wipe the hubby’s chicken off so he could eat it…haha oops:) My kids gobbled it up though so that’s a plus!!!
I agree with Jayme – I think you read it the wrong way. Sauce bakes in baking dish with chicken and gets fully cooked – then spoon it out and drizzle over chicken, rice, etc.
I like to read reviews from people who actually tried the recipe – here it is: I made this yesterday. I prepped it ahead of time and kept in fridge until I was ready to put in oven. I’ve never cooked chicken thighs before – I bought some but found the fat trimming process was going to be quite lengthy and I had limited time so I put away thighs and used chicken breasts. Will try thighs next time. I doubled recipe and drizzled sauce over chicken and rice on the plate. It was very good – I’ll be making this again. I’d still like to know if you’re supposed to bake it with foil on or not – I baked with foil about half way then removed it.
This sounds yummy. My husband loves all kinds of chicken. I am definitely going to try this one.
I too freeze. So my ritual is to prepare meals that I can cook in the oven. That way my kitchen heats up and smells great, which in turn brings my hubby in. We share a glass of wine while we wait for the meal to cook.
Does this get baked covered with foil or uncovered?
Made this today and must say that this recipe is a keeper. My family and I really liked it. Thanks!
Delish! And so easy! I used chicken breast strips and dried tarragon. My 5 year old said that he loved the chicken more than he loves me…
I didn’t read the directions that way. I took it to mean spoon the already cooked sauce that was in the dish over the chicken thighs and serve,
Hi. I just wanted to stop in and say that I found this recipe on Pinterest and made it last night. So, so good and easy! The tarragon is an awesome touch! Thank you!
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This.looks.fabulous. Definitely going on my menu for next week! Thanks for sharing!
Hi there! I would love to try this recipe for dinnerr soon. A quick question, can I substitute Dijon to Brown Spicy mustard? I’m out of Dijon. Will substituting totally ruin the recipe? Thank you in advance!
It will just mellow the flavor, but will certainly be great I’m sure. Let me know how it goes.
Making this tonight, my mouth is watering!
I only have bone-in thighs and I want to make this! Any adjustments need to be made because of the bone? Thanks!
My office is cold all winter…..I work at home in a basement office making custom window treatments. I discovered LL Bean wool socks this past winter which help along with silk long underwear, a scarf around my neck and a long sweater or fleece over layers of clothes! Sometimes I even pin a fleece wrap around my hips and legs! So I sympathize with you! My ritual is to have a nice glass of red wine with my dinner each evening! Can’t wait to try your recipe!
I love chicken with Dijon mustard…I use agave on it; otherwise it is done exactly like this. What an easy dish and quick, not much prep. Thanks for sharing.
Made this for my family last night. I am not usually one to post comments, but this was awesome. My son hates honey-mustard but scarfed this down. I doubled the sauce and reserved some back. When the chicken was almost ready to come out of the oven, I drizzled the remaining sauce and put it under the broiler for about a minute.
Heidi, this chicken looks amazing! This is going on the menu this week. I love how simple it is to make. Pinned!
This was a huge hit with my kids! Thank you :-)
This was amazing! I made it with fresh basil leaves instead of tarragon but it turned out wonderful. I will definitely be making this recipe again!
Dear Heidi, great recipe! I’ve cooked it several times since you’ve posted it and everybody were delighted. Here is the link of my post: http://kuhinjazaposlenezene.blogspot.com/2014/02/piletina-u-sosu-od-senfa-i-meda-honey.html
Can you put this together ahead of time and leave it, uncooked, in the fridge overnight? Or best to cook straight away?
Tried it – turned out great making it the night before and letting it sit overnight, then putting in the oven before dinner. Will definitely be making this recipe again!
I have a square of chocolate after dinner with a cup of tea every night. It has to be after the kids are asleep and the day is ‘done’
This looks amazing. Forgive me for being a bit clueless but what is “grainy mustard” .
by “grainy” mustard I think she’s just referring to a mustard that is not completely pulverized i.e. a whole grain mustard where you can still see the seeds. I just learned how to make it actually and its super easy!!! (link, if you want: http://lovebeerlovefood.com/make-your-own-beer-mustard/)
Made this tonight… DELISH!!!!!
I used chicken breasts and double the sauce to pour over rice.
Thank you for such a delicious and easy recipe. My husband loved it!
I made the honey mustard chicken tonight, and it was delicious. I used rosemary instead of tarragon since we had it in a pot on our front porch. Other than that, everything else was the same. Yum! This is definitely a keeper and a great way to use chicken thighs. Very tender and tasty. Thank you for sharing!!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and used your own rosemary!
It looks simply delicious and I off to the grocery store to get the ingredients and make this tonight. Would you by any chance know the nutritional info? I’m on My Fitness Pal and counting calories. If you don’t, that’s ok. I’m gonna make it anyways. :D
I used the recipe importer at MyFitnessPal and it calculated this at:
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16 g 25 %
Saturated Fat 4 g 20 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 180 mg 60 %
Sodium 919 mg 38 %
Potassium 495 mg 14 %
Total Carbohydrate 38 g 13 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 1 %
Sugars 35 g
Protein 46 g 93 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 0 %
Iron 13 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Thanks for adding the nutritionals. Very helpful.
Arthur in the Garden!
Hmm, great flavors!
Honey mustard chicken is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken—This chicken looks sooo good. Gorgeous photos!
Looks absolutely delicious! I need to try this recipe. Not usually a fan of honey mustard chicken but I’m willing to give it a shot!
Do you think this would work for wings if i halved the cook time maybe? I’d definitely want to try the thighs, but I’ve been trying to compile a list of wing recipes outside of the usual barbecue/hot/buffalo varieties.
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
I make a honey mustard chicken (thighs too) with honey, mustard, and bacon…this looks delicious! I am definitely pinning to try it…every one of your recipes I have ever tried have turned out amazing. I am constantly making the avocado cream enchiladas…that is a huge favorite here.
Thanks so much for letting me know Michelle! That’s so cool to hear your family enjoys the dishes here!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
We made it tonight…it was really good!
I am with you on the thighs. So flavorful!
This meal looks so good!
New ritual? Planning out my days! I need organization!
I may start a ritual of reading a FoodieCrush blog post every day. I loved this one and just realized how much I TRULY love your writing and your spirit! :)
My grandmother did the same water trick every morning, but with lemon. Water, it’s always key to keeping things moving. :)
Marjory @ Dinner-Mom
This sounds so delicious! My daughter has a soy allergy and I recently discovered you can substitute coconut aminos for soy…and I am going to try it in this recipe.
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
I love honey mustard with chicken! I often freeze/get tense while on the computer too. I’m trying to take more breaks to stretch.
Meredith In Sock Monkey Slippers
Gorgeous and I love the tarragon in this!
I have never been a resolution setter, but for some reason creating a ritual sounds more doable and right up my alley. I love thinking of it that way. We have recently started a ritual of talking about our favorite part of the day with our 3 year old. She loves it and we usually laugh at her response (nap time, singing a song, or hugging a baby doll).
And, I don’t know if it’s because it was the only thing my mother would actually make while I was growing up, but I cannot get enough of honey mustard chicken. I think I must have 10 different recipes and I love every one of them. Can’t wait to try this one!
My daughter and I have the same ritual of talking about her day. Every day after school she tells me three things that she did that day, and they can’t all be “eat lunch” or “go to recess.” It’s a great way to let your kids know you’re there, and listening.
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
My husband bought thighs this week by mistake and we made slow cooker chicken adobo with them last night – I am totally sold on the thighs!!
Shanna@ pineapple and coconut
I am always freezing, yes that can happen even living in Las Vegas, and my husband finally busted out a little space heater that I have next to me at all times. Even when I am standing in my kitchen cooking meals. I feel your chilly pain. Oh and yes, chicken thighs for the win.
I’m not usually a fan of honey mustard (usually too sweet) but this looks awesome, I hope my picky eaters would eat it– but if not I don’t really care this looks so good, and paired with rice yum!
It’s going on next weeks meal plan!
Christine @ Cooking with Cakes
honey mustard is everything – the end. love!
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
I am so in love with this chicken. It looks so flavorful and so juicy!
Erin | The Law Student's Wife
LOVE this Heidi! I think I should take the stairs to one of my upper floor meetings once a day. And have 3 fingers of red wine.
Stairs are good. Probably better than jumping jacks if you’re working with others :)
Thank you and have a Happy and warm Thursday.
As cheesy as this sounds I had add a ritual to find at least one thing in the day that made me smile. However I had also added the “ritual” of ice cream afterwards; so take what you can from that.
This is gorgeous! I adore honey chicken and that glaze with rosemary would be perfect weeknight wonder for any meat.
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Thanks for your take on an old favourite.