35 Minutes for This Honey Mustard Chicken

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If I’ve said it before, I’ll still say it 100 times more, simple pan sauces are life! They’re the fastest, easiest way to create a flavorful meal from a simple cut of meat. This 20 Minute Honey Mustard Chicken is the perfect example. With only a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, you can make this sweet and tangy chicken on even the busiest weeknight. Promise.

WHAT IS A PAN SAUCE?

Pan sauces are the magic that happens when you build a sauce on the leftover juices and browned bits (called “fond’) in the pan after you cook a piece of meat. There is so much flavor in those little bits that are left behind, so don’t let them go to waste!

First you have to “deglaze” or dissolve those bits off the pan using a liquid (usually broth or wine), then add some herbs or spices, butter for a creamy finish, and whatever else you’d like. For the pan sauce in this 20 Minute Honey Mustard Chicken I’ve added a simple mix of stone ground mustard and honey, which also give the sauce a little more body. It’s simple, but fool proof, and you’re going to love it.

OTHER RECIPES WITH EASY PAN SAUCES:

  • Herb Butter Chicken Thighs
  • Apple Spice Pork Chops
  • Chicken Piccata
  • Blackberry Sage Pork Chops
  • Balsamic Chicken Skillet

WHAT KIND OF CHICKEN CAN I USE FOR HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN?

I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs here because they are always juicy and tender, cook very quickly, and require the least amount of prep. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken breast, but you will want to pound them out to an even 1/2-inch thickness before browning in the skillet, which will add about 5 minutes to your prep time. Bone-in and skin-on cuts make excellent pan sauces, but they do require a much longer cook time, so they’re not ideal for this quick method.

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35 Minutes for This Honey Mustard Chicken
This sweet and tangy 35 Minute Honey Mustard Chicken will be your new family favorite weeknight dinner. Only a few pantry staples needed!
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Passive Time 35 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Passive Time 35 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium flame. While the skillet is preheating, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt in a small dish. Sprinkle the spice mixture over both sides of your chicken pieces.
  2. Once the skillet is nice and hot, add the cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface. Add the chicken pieces and cook on each side until well browned and cooked through (about 5 minutes each side, this can vary with your cookware and size of your chicken pieces). Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean plate.
  3. Add the chicken broth to the skillet and stir to dissolve the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Allow the broth to simmer in the skillet for about 5 minutes, or until it has reduced by half.
  4. Finally, add the mustard, honey, and butter to the skillet. Stir to melt and dissolve the ingredients together. Add the chicken and juices back to the skillet, and allow the sauce to come back up to a simmer. Spoon the honey mustard sauce over top, then serve.
Recipe Notes

*To substitute boneless, skinless breasts for the thighs, make sure to pound the breasts out to an even 1/2-inch thickness before cooking.

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