This Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard is a harmonious blend of sweet, savory, and tangy flavors with a subtle kick of heat and fresh herbal notes. A fantastic option for a fancy dinner when you are looking to impress someone or for a special dinner event.
I found this recipe a long time ago when I was looking for Valentine’s Day recipe. I wanted to impress my husband, and sure, I did. Ever since I tried it, it has been marked as one of my favorite chicken recipes. It is easy to make and quick to prepare. It doesn’t require fancy ingredients, and most likely, you will have them all in your pantry.
So let’s start cooking!!
Ingredients you will need for this Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard
For this recipe, I used chicken thighs and legs. However, you can use the legs or the thighs alone if that is what you have on hand. The proportions are the same.
Combining honey, garlic, Dijon mustard, vinegar, black pepper, green onions, and cilantro creates a flavor profile that is both sweet and savory with a slight tanginess.
The honey adds a natural sweetness to the dish, while the garlic and Dijon mustard provide a savory depth of flavor. The vinegar adds a tangy note that balances out the sweetness of the honey, and the black pepper adds a subtle spiciness.
The green onions and cilantro add freshness and a slight herbal note, which enhances the overall flavor of this Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard recipe.
How to make this Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard
Coarsely chop the cloves of garlic, the green onions, and the cilantro.
If you use chicken quarters, separate the thighs and legs and leave the skin on—season with salt and pepper. Use a knife to make small insitions into the chicken so the ingredients penetrate throughout the chicken.
In a bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, garlic, cilantro, and green onions, and set 1/4 cup of the mix aside.
Pour the mix over the chicken into a plastic bag and rub it well. Let the chicken marinate for about an hour. The longer the chicken stays in the marinate, the better it will absorb the flavors, and the results will be fantastic.
While your chicken is marinating, preheat the oven to 400 °F. Place the chicken on a baking pod. I used a glass baking pan. The cooking time will vary depending on the baking pan you are using.
After 15 minutes, open the oven and varnish the chicken with the mixture you set aside. Close the oven and wait for 15 more minutes. Repid the varnishing and turn the chicken pieces over so it cooks evenly.
It should take 35 minutes in the oven for the chicken to be ready. I always measure the internal temperature to make sure that, in fact, the chicken has cooked and is safe to eat. Chicken is a meat that you don’t want to mess around with. It is supper important that they cook until they reach an internal temperature of 165 °F.
After you have checked that the chicken is fully cooked, set the oven to broil and wait from 3 to 5 minutes until the chicken is golden. Your Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard is ready to serve!!
Additions and substitutes
If you don’t like cilantro, as many people don’t, you can leave it out of this recipe. I am a fan of cilantro, but I understand that this aromatic provokes a love-hate reaction. Some people love it; others hate it. You can substitute it with parsley so you don’t lose the freshness the cilantro brings to this recipe. Or you can simply don’t use it at all.
You can substitute the honey with maple syrup. However, maple syrup has its own characteristic flavor, which will completely change the outcome of this recipe, but it will still be delicious.
Instead of fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder. Replace it with 1 tablespoon of garlic powder.
What to serve with Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard
My first option was creamy mashed potatoes. That’s how I usually serve it because the mashed potato balances out the sweetness from the honey mustard dressing. Besides, mashed potato uses a different cooking technique which makes pop up the flavor of this Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard.
You can also serve it with cauliflower pure if you are worried about the calories count. The mashed cauliflower absorbs the flavors of the ingredients and significantly enhances the overall dish.
Another option is to serve this Chicken thigh recipe with honey mustard oven baked with steamed vegetables. I love green been as an alternative, and having such a bright green color, your dish will look irresistible.
Your option is endless here; follow your gut and serve this Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard with your favorite side dish. You can’t go wrong mixing sides that you love.
Overall to have a good valance dish follow the guideline of not mixing dishes that use the same cooking method so you incorporate different textures, colors, and flavors.
How to store leftovers of this Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard
Let me tell you a secret, this Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard will be much more flavorful the next day. But we can’t just wait a day to eat it 😉 But if you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge giving the peace of mind that they will still be delicious after a day on the fridge.
To safely store this recipe follow this are your options:
Refrigeration: If the chicken has already been cooked, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Make sure the chicken is completely cooled before storing it. When you’re ready to eat it, you can reheat it in the microwave, oven, or on the stovetop.
Freezing: If you have uncooked chicken, you can marinate it in the honey mustard sauce and then freeze it for up to three months. Place the chicken and sauce in a freezer-safe container or bag, making sure to remove as much air as possible. When you’re ready to cook it, thaw the chicken in the refrigerator overnight, and then cook it as directed.
Meal prep: If you want to make this recipe ahead of time for meal prep, you can cook the chicken and store it in individual containers with your desired sides. When you’re ready to eat it, you can reheat it in the microwave or oven.
Ideas to reuse leftovers
If you double the recipe and are left with a lot of leftovers, you can get creative and use this recipe in different ways so you don’t get bored of eating the same thing over and over again.
You could, for instance, prepare tacos with the meat left over. Simply separate the chicken meat from the bones and shred it. Cut your favorite fresh veggies like lettuce, cucumber, or tomatoes, and use them as a topping for your tacos.
Another idea to use the leftovers is a chicken sandwich. Using the meat to top your favorite loaf of bread, and add as many veggies as you like.
I usually prepare arroz con Pollo(chicken and rice) with the leftovers. If you want me to share this recipe, let me know in the comments down below.
Chicken thigh recipe honey mustard
- 1 baking pan
- 1 oven
- 4 chicken thigh and legs
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons green onions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup of cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Coarsely chop the cloves of garlic, the green onions, and the cilantro.
- separate the thighs and legs and leave the skin on—season with salt and pepper.
- Use a knife to make small insitions into the chicken so the ingredients penetrate throughout the chicken.
- In a bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, garlic, cilantro, and green onions, and set 1/4 cup of the mix aside.
- Pour the mix over the chicken into a plastic bag and rub it well. Let the chicken marinate for about an hour
- Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
- Place the marinated chicken on a baking pod. And place it in the oven.
- After 15 minutes, open the oven and varnish the chicken with the mixture you set aside.
- Close the oven and wait for 15 more minutes. Repid the varnishing and turn the chicken pieces over so it cooks evenly.
- Wait 5 more minutes and check that the internal temperature of the chicekn have reached 165 °F.
- Change the oven setting to broil aand broiil the chicken for 3 to 5 minutes until it is golben
- Let the chicken sit for 5 to 10 minutes and enjoy!!
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18.9g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Total Carbohydrate 25.1g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.9g||3%|
|Total Sugars 23.7g|
|Vitamin D 0mcg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
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