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Seared in a skillet and then baked with a delicious sauce, Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs are perfect for any weeknight family dinner.
Chicken is probably the most used protein in our family. It’s so versatile and is still one of the least expensive meats, making it great for family dinners. But it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, which is why I try to change things up with flavorful dishes like Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs.
You can easily adjust the sauce to suit your preferences. The mustard sauce is tangy and sweet, but if your kids balk at the mustard flavor, you can add additional honey to sweeten it up a bit. Grab a few pantry staples and make these flavorful chicken thighs for dinner this week! If slow cooking is more your style, try this Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken.
What you’ll need to make Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs:
- bone in chicken thighs (keep the skin on)
- salt and pepper
- cayenne pepper
- olive oil
- whole grain mustard
- honey mustard (or Dijon if you prefer)
- oven safe skillet-if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, just use any oven safe model. I really like my nonstick T-Fal skillet.
Can I use boneless/skinless chicken thighs instead of bone in?
Yes and No. How’s that for an answer? 🙂 If at all possible, stick with bone-in chicken thighs. The skin on the outside crisps up nicely and adds a ton of flavor. The bones inside keep the meat moist for longer.
If you opt to use boneless chicken thighs, be sure to cut the cook time down. They will cook much more quickly than chicken with bones.
Start by adding oil and butter to the skillet. Season chicken thighs with cayenne pepper and salt. After sprinkling, rub it into the skin a bit for better coverage.
Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken and sear on each side until well browned (about 3-4 minutes per side.)
In a small bowl, mix the mustards, garlic and honey to make the sauce. Divide the mixture evenly over the chicken thighs and then place the skillet in the oven to bake.
I don’t have whole grain mustard-can I use something else?
Yes! Mustard of any kind can be substituted for whole grain mustard. If you like a bit of heat, try using spicy mustard. If you really like the tang, go with regular yellow mustard. The flavor profile is completely up to you!
Remove from the skillet and let rest for a few minutes before serving. They are sweet and tangy perfection!
Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
- 5 chicken thighs bone-in and skin-on preferred
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 Tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1 Tablespoon honey mustard or Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon honey more to taste
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Season chicken thighs with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
- Place butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once butter is melted and hot, add the chicken and sear on each side until well-browned, about 3-4 minutes per side.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mustards, honey and garlic until completely combined.
- Divide the honey-mustard mixture over each chicken thigh and place skillet in the oven.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.