Easy Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs are a delicious and easy-to-make meal idea that perfect for any occasion. This savory dish has the perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors that will have everyone asking for seconds.

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There are some days when cooking just feels like too much, but I still want to prepare and delicious and healthy meal for my family. Whether we have stuff going on or have been busy and I’m tired, I like to have a few recipes in my back pocket for those days when cooking seems like too much effort.

This honey mustard chicken recipe is one of those recipes! It’s easy, delicious, and goes with just about everything.

Not only are these tender chicken thighs packed with flavor, but they require minimal effort so preparing dinner doesn’t seem so daunting after a busy, tiring day.

I grew up sitting around the dinner table with my family enjoying dishes prepared by my grandmother and mother. To me, these were some of the most special times in my life, sitting at the table and talking while we enjoyed their tried and true recipes.

But when I became an adult myself, life became so much busier, as I am sure you can relate. Making dishes often felt like a chore which left me feeling disconnected from those wonderful memories of my childhood.

However, making this recipe instantly recaptured those memories! Not only did it bring back all the cozy feelings from home but I also found great joy in seeing others appreciate my dish plus come back for seconds and sometimes thirds. 😉

If you want more easy and delicious chicken recipes, try my Air Fryer Greek Chicken Kabobs, Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken, or Chicken and Broccoli Lasagna.

honey mustard chicken thighs

Ingredients needed to make honey mustard chicken thighs recipe

  • Chicken Thighs – bone-in and skin-on preferred
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cayenne Pepper – add more than the recipe amount to taste if preferred
  • Olive Oil – regular or extra virgin olive oil
  • Butter – salted or unsalted
  • Whole Grain Mustard
  • Honey Mustard
  • Honey – add more than the recipe amount to taste if preferred
  • Minced Garlic

NOTE: Please check the handy printable recipe card below for the detailed recipe!

recipe ingredients

How to make honey mustard chicken thighs

This dish is SUPER easy to make. Here’s how!

Step 1

Begin by seasoning the chicken thighs with the cayenne pepper and salt. Add more or less cayenne pepper to taste as preferred.

seasoning chicken thighs

Step 2

Add butter and olive oil to the skillet and turn to medium heat to melt butter.

Add chicken to hot butter and oil mixture and sear on both sides until well-browned, approximately 3 – 4 minutes on each side.

Step 3

Whisk together whole grain mustard, honey mustard, garlic, and honey in a small mixing bowl until combined well.

honey mustard sauce

Step 4

Distribute the honey mustard mixture over each of the chicken thighs and place the skillet in the oven.

searing chicken in skillet

Step 5

Bake at 375 degrees for 18 – 20 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.

honey mustard chicken thigh on plate with salad

Honey mustard chicken thighs recipe notes and tips

  • When reheating the chicken thighs, you can reheat them in your air fryer for about 8 – 10 minutes until warmed through and the chicken skin is crispy again.
  • Garnish with some chopped parsley if desired. You can also skip the garnish if you choose.
  • Make the mustard/honey marinade ahead of time and store it in a container with a lid until ready to use.
honey mustard chicken thighs

What to serve with honey mustard chicken thighs

The possibilities of delicious flavor combinations are endless! Here are a few of our favorites.

I love getting in some “green” with a Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, Crack Broccoli Casserole With Cheese, or Copycat Panera Fuji Apple Salad.

If you love pasta sides, we like pairing this chicken with Loaded Cowboy Pasta Salad, One-Pot White Four-Cheese Mac and Cheese, or Poppyseed Pasta Salad.

Do you want to keep it light? Try this chicken with Air Fryer Zucchini Sticks or Air Fryer Carrot Fries!

And, of course, there are always delicious potato options, such as Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes, Easy Scalloped Potatoes, or Crispy Garlic Parm Accordion Potatoes.

Variations of honey mustard chicken thighs to try

  • If you want your chicken thighs to have a little ‘heat’, add a dash of cayenne pepper to the mustard and honey mixture before pouring over the chicken thighs.
  • Pure maple syrup will work in place of honey if you don’t care for honey or have an allergy to it.
  • Boneless chicken thighs are a great alternative for this dish!
honey mustard chicken thigh


Do you have questions about how to make Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs? Check below to see if I’ve already answered it! Don’t see it? Leave your question in the comments.

Do I need to use chicken thighs?

Not at all! You can use the drumsticks, wings, or breasts. Be sure to adjust the cooking time and check the internal temperature making sure the chicken reaches 165 degrees.

Can I skip pan-searing?

Yes, you can just bake these chicken thighs to save time if you want. However, the extra step of pan-searing them gives texture and addition depth of flavor that you’ll miss if you skip it.

How long will these Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs keep in the fridge?

Allow the chicken thighs to cool and place them in an air-tight container or storage bag and keep them in the fridge for up to 2 – 4 days.

Can I freeze the Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs?

Yes, you certainly can! Make sure to allow the chicken thighs to cool and reach room temperature. Place in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag and place in the freezer. You can keep them in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Tip: Label the container or bag with the contents and date that you placed it in the freezer.

Upon removing from the freezer, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bring to room temperature before placing them in a baking dish. Warm through completely at 300 degrees.

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Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs is an easy-to-make meal idea with the perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors so they beg for more!


  • 5 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on preferred
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey, or more to taste
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic


  1. Season chicken thighs with cayenne pepper and salt.
  2. 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.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustards, honey and garlic until completely combined.
  4. Divide the honey-mustard mixture over each chicken thigh and place skillet in the oven.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

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