I wish you could have smelled the mouth-watering aroma that wafted from my oven as this delicious honey mustard chicken baked away. I could not wait to taste it. Even as I mixed up the marinade I knew. I knew it was going to be such a winner. No tweaks, no modifications. This chicken was perfect on the first try. It is quite a glorious moment when a recipe just falls together.
My inspiration was the classic honey mustard sauce that is a perennial favourite at pubs and diners. I myself was never a chicken wing fan. Something about gnawing on the bones gives me the creeps. I like to eat my chicken with a knife and fork, thank you very much! Regardless, I do think the sweet and savoury combo of the mustard with honey sounds pretty delish so I set about to make my own version.
Use local honey! Please. Support the local economy and get a much more nutritionally beneficial product. Source out some honey in your area. If you live in the Burlington area you can look for Mancini’s honey which is available at Anise Apothecary. You can even bring your own jar!
I used a stone ground mustard which is ground from whole mustard seeds so it has a bit more spice to it.
To give it some kick, I added in some smoked paprika and a few other spices. It’s not set your mouth on fire spicy, like some of my dishes, so be not afraid! 😉
There was a huge revelation that happened during the making of this chicken as well! I finally figured out that I can bake my chicken right in the glass container I marinate it in. Why oh why it’s taken me this long (my whole life) to figure out but I’m just so happy I did. The rinsed and patted dry chicken is put into a large glass dish that has a lid. I poured the marinade over the chicken and popped it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Then that same dish was simply transferred to the pre heated oven, without the lid of course. For some unknown reason I had been taking the chicken out of the glass container and putting it on a broiler pan then cooking it. So many extra dishes for all these years … To the resident dishwasher, my loving other half Joe, I’m sincerely sorry about that. 🙂
*Quick meal tip! Throw in a couple of baked potatoes in the oven at the same time. I tossed in a small sweet potato for me and a russet for the fella. It went perfectly with this chicken.
How good does this look? Not super sweet, not incredibly spicy, just wonderfully seasoned chicken. This one is a keeper!
- 4 chicken breasts
- ¼ cup honey (local if possible)
- ¼ cup mustard (I used stone ground)
- 1 tbsp parsley, fresh chopped
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon
- sea salt & pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375
- Rinse and pat dry chicken breasts and place in a large glass dish with lid. Season them with sea salt and pepper
- In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients and pour over the chicken. Flip each one over a few times to coat it well
- Cook for 45-50 minutes, turning and basting them half way through. Make sure they’re cooked by slicing into the thickest part of the breast to see there is no pink
- *Throw in a baked potato at the same time for a complete meal!