Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade

Add a dash of sweetness to your chicken with our homemade honey mustard chicken marinade. Easy, tangy, and oh-so-delicious! Get the recipe now.

I’ve noticed that from all the sauces that are out there, my favorite is honey mustard. For anything: A salad, breaded chicken, dip, anything goes for me with honey mustard!

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Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade Recipe

Am I too crazy? I learned this honey mustard chicken recipe with my mom about 2 years ago. It’s absolutely delicious and so super easy to make. It’s perfect for those days when you barely have time to take a breath.

This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to get ready and about 40 minutes in the oven not including marinating time. I like to leave it marinating the night before.

If you make rice and a lettuce-tomato-vinaigrette salad you are ready to go in 20 minutes. Because let’s face it we don’t have to stare at the oven while it’s baking the chicken LOL. I set my timer and go do something else until the alarm goes off!

My mom usually makes this recipe with whole chicken breasts. I decided to make it all chopped because it is baked faster and it’s also easier to serve. But basically, the recipe is the same. You can check out my mom’s blog in Spanish if you would like!

How to make Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade

Hope you like this honey mustard chicken recipe. It’s so super easy to make and it’s so flavorful.

It’s even better if you leave it marinating overnight, so it’s great to make at night and bake at lunch the next day! Yummmm drooling here!

Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts. Diced.
  • Mustard Dijon original.
  • Dijon Mustard – Old Style Dijon (the one with seeds)
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic cloves {smashed}
  • Salt {to taste}
  • Black pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Pre-heat the over to 350ºF 180ºC.

2. In a small bowl mix all the ingredients except for the chicken. Whisk well to integrate.

3. In a medium bowl, mix well the chicken with all the ingredients. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate for about 30min t 2 hours. If you make it the night before would be even better.

4. Transfer the chicken to a Pyrex or any baking pan (preferably glass), cover it with foil, and put it in the oven for 35 minutes.

5. Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes if you want to golden it a bit, if not just leave it the 40 minutes.

6. You will see it creates a honey mustard sauce that you can use to keep the chicken moist and it goes so well with the rice.

7. Serve and enjoy!

Closeup 45 degree shot of the Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade in a white ceramic dish with a bowl of rice in the back

Recipe Tips

You can use also other parts of the chicken, like chicken thighs, wings, or your favorite ones.

Try using crushed mustard seeds in your marinade for a stronger taste. This will bring out the oils and make the mustard taste even better in every bite.

To get a great marinade, use a whisk and blend it very well. This will make sure that the honey and mustard mix well to give the chicken a smooth and even coating.

It’s important to wait before grilling and let the chicken soak in flavor. When you want your chicken to taste better, you can marinate it for at least 2 hours or overnight. This will give it more time to absorb the flavors. If you wait a long time, the taste gets stronger.

Have fun changing how sweet your marinade is by adjusting the honey to your taste. If you want a stronger taste of mustard, use less honey. Or if you like sweet things, it’s okay to put more honey on for a good taste.

If grilling, to grill chicken properly, let it come to room temperature beforehand. If you wait for 30 minutes before cooking, the chicken will be more even and moist.

You can use the leftover honey mustard chicken marinade to baste meats or vegetables for your next meal. To make sure you don’t use any of the marinade that touches the raw chicken, prepare the marinade in a separate bowl and then save it for later.

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What to serve with honey Mustard chicken

  • Baked potatoes go perfectly
  • White rice
  • Steamed or grilled veggies
  • A fresh salad
45 degree shot of the Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade in a white ceramic dish with a bowl of rice in the back

Storing and Freezing

While it’s best to marinate the chicken fresh, you can freeze the marinade itself if you have some leftovers just want to make ahead.

Just make sure to store it in an airtight container or freezer bag, and it should be good for up to 3 months.

Thaw it in the refrigerator before using it and give it a good whisking to reincorporate any separated ingredients.

Marinated chicken can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow the frozen marinated chicken to thaw while refrigerated overnight.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate the chicken for the best results?

For optimal flavor infusion, marinate your chicken for at least 30 minutes but 2 hours would be better. However, if time allows, letting it sit in the marinade overnight can take the taste to a whole new level of deliciousness. Patience is a virtue when it comes to marinating!

Can I use this marinade for other meats or vegetables?

Yes, even though it’s called “Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade,” you can still try using it with other foods. This sauce can be used with other kinds of food like pork, tofu, and vegetables that are cooked in the oven. Let yourself think of creative ideas.

Can I grill the chicken instead of baking in the oven?

Absolutely! Actually, it will taste amazing in the grill and you don’t even need an outdoor grill to make this recipe. A stovetop grill pan or even a regular skillet can work wonders. Simply preheat it over medium-high heat and cook the chicken until it’s golden and cooked through.

Can I adjust the sweetness or spiciness of the marinade?

Of course! This recipe is just a starting point. Feel free to customize the marinade according to your taste preferences. If you like it sweeter, add a touch more honey. Want some heat? Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce. It’s your marinade, so make it your own!

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Delicious Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade

Camila Rojas
This Honey Mustard Chicken recipe is the perfect easy and delicious meal for those days when time is not on our side. This recipe is just about marinate, put in the oven, set timer and go! Just wait for the alarm to go off. make some Rice and a tomato and lettuce salad and voila!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marinate Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Traditional
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chicken breasts chopped {calculating ½ breast per person but it’s up to you}
  • 3 tbsp of mustard Dijon originale.
  • 3 tbsp of mustard Old Style Dijon {the one with seeds}
  • 4 – 5 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves {smashed}
  • ½ tsp of salt {or to taste}
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the over to 350ºF 180ºC.
  • In a small bowl mix all the ingredients except for the chicken. Whisk well to integrate.
  • In a medium bowl, mix well the chicken with all the ingredients. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate for about 30min t 2 hours. If you make it the night before would be even better.
  • Transfer the chicken to a Pyrex or any baking pan (preferably glass), cover it with foil, and put it in the oven for 35 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes if you want to golden it a bit, if not just leave it the 40 minutes.
  • You will see it creates a honey mustard sauce that you can use to keep the chicken moist and it goes so well with the rice.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Keyword Chicken Marinade, Honey Mustard, Honey Mustard Chicken, Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade, Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious, this one is a keeper. I know I’m going to make it over and over again!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this last night for a quick dinner and the flavor was perfect! The addition of soy sauce really made this mouth-wateringly good!

  3. 5 stars
    Cami, this is so funny! I have a TON of chicken in my freezer, courtesy of my awesome mother and father-in-law and I have been trying to figure out different recipes to use it all up. Boy, do I have some good ideas now! Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    I love honey mustard EVERYTHING! There was a restaurant near our house that had a honey-mustard house dressing and I cried when they closed. This sounds super yummy and super easy to cook, too. Gracias por compartir la receta de tu mami!

    1. This is so good Kelly! you can add more are less mustard to intensify the flavor and yummmm! I need to make this again now LOL