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Honey Dijon Chicken Recipe

Honey Dijon Chicken is a quick, effortless dinner that strikes the perfect balance between sweet, savory, and satisfying. You’ll get succulent chicken glazed with a tasty blend of tangy Dijon mustard and golden honey is caramelized to perfection.

I’ve got chicken in rotation as my dinner lead at least a few times each week. It’s incredibly versatile, reliable, and budget-friendly. I just love it. Recently, honey dijon chicken has hit my regular meal rotation along with a few classics like Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Garlic Baked Chicken.

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Something about the fusion of tangy Dijon mustard and sweet honey just does it for me. It’s hard to beat. When the sticky, sweet, and savory glaze hits the pan, it creates a caramelized crust that’s gourmet simplicity at its finest.

This recipe is great for home cooks at all skill levels. If you’ve got hungry mouths to feed, try adding this to your weeknight roster.

Why You’ll Love Honey Dijon Chicken

  • The glorious texture. As you cook, the honey in the marinade transforms into a glorious caramelized glaze. It coats the tender chicken, adding an irresistible crunch to every succulent bite. 
  • Low hassle. With just a handful of pantry staples, you’ll create a dish that looks and tastes like it belongs in a gourmet restaurant.
  • It’s versatile. Whether it’s a cozy family dinner or an impressive gathering, this recipe shines. Customize the cut of chicken to your preference, experiment with marinating times, or even try it on the grill for a delightful twist. The versatility makes it a go-to choice for any occasion.
  • It’s healthy too. Indulgence doesn’t have to mean compromise. Using lean chicken and natural sweeteners, you’ll relish in a dish that’s satisfying to your taste buds and kind to your health goals.

What You’ll Need

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  • Olive Oil – Olive oil plays two roles in this recipe. It acts as a cooking medium for the perfect sear on the cutlets, creating a moist, tender texture in the chicken. Don’t use extra virgin olive oil because it has a lower smoke point than regular olive oil. The lower smoke point means the oil could burn and add a bitter flavor to the dish.
  • Honey – Honey adds a natural sweetness to the marinade and balances the tangy Dijon mustard. Plus, it helps caramelize the chicken during cooking to create a tasty glaze. Opt for pure, high-quality honey for the best flavor. Maple syrup or agave nectar are excellent alternatives.
  • Dijon Mustard – Dijon mustard contributes a complex blend of tanginess and spiciness to the dish. Its emulsifying properties help the marinade adhere to the chicken. While Dijon mustard is preferred for its distinctive taste, you can use whole-grain mustard as a substitute for added texture.
  • Salt & Pepper – These basic seasonings enhance the taste of the chicken and the marinade. Salt helps to bring out the natural flavors, while pepper adds a mild kick. Use freshly ground black pepper for optimal flavor.
  • Chicken – This recipe works with your favorite boneless, skinless chicken cut. I like to use cutlets, but breasts, thighs, or even tenders will work. You’ll have to adjust the cooking time accordingly—less time for thinner cuts and more time for thicker cuts.
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How To Make Honey Dijon Chicken

  • Mix the marinade. Combine olive oil, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. 
  • Coat the chicken. Toss the chicken in the mixture to coat.
  • Sauté. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 5 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. 
  • Serve. Transfer chicken to a plate and allow the chicken to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Tips & Tricks

  • Big Budget Friendly Meals. Buy chicken breasts when they’re on sale, and cut them in half to create thin chicken cutlets. The chicken will go further this way. Plus, you could always buy the chicken on sale and freeze it until ready to use it! 
  • Marinate for Flavor. If you have the time, allow the chicken to marinate in the sauce mixture for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. The flavors will intensify, and the chicken will become melt-in-your-mouth tender. 
  • Alternative Cooking Methods: Fire up the grill for a smoky twist! Grill the marinated chicken over medium heat, brushing with honey-Dijon glaze as it cooks. The grill adds a delightful char that complements the glaze’s sweetness.
A plate of food on a table, with Chicken and Cutlet

What To Serve With Honey Dijon Chicken

In the height of the summer heat and in the cold of winter, this Honey Dijon Chicken is endlessly adaptable, versatile, and always an easy go-to. Try pairing it with one of these simple sides to round out a delicious meal:

Can I Make This Saucier?

If you love a hearty drizzle of sauce over your chicken, double the marinade mixture. Once the chicken is finished, set it aside to rest before slicing. Then, add some marinade to the pan and scrape up any tasty brown bits stuck to the bottom. Cook over medium-low for 2-3 minutes until the pan sauce has thickened and is the perfect drizzling consistency.

Can I Bake In The Oven?

Yes! Use a baking sheet with a raised edge or a baking dish to prevent spills. Transfer the sauce-coated chicken to the sheet or dish and top with any remaining marinade. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

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Yield: 4

Honey Dijon Chicken

Honey Dijon Chicken - a healthy moist chicken cutlet that is coated with a honey dijon sauce. Ready in minutes, and great for any night of the week.

Honey Dijon Chicken - a healthy moist chicken cutlet that is coated with a honey dijon sauce. Ready in minutes, and great for any night of the week. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 4 oz chicken cutlets


  1. In a bowl combine olive oil, honey, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. 
  2. Add chicken to honey mixture, tossing to coat.
  3. Heat skillet to medium high heat. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until done.
  4. Remove from the pan and let the chicken rest for just a couple minutes before serving


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 290Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 132mgSodium 494mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 27g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Sunday 1st of October 2023

I love how flavorful this is! Thanks for the recipe!


Thursday 28th of September 2023

I love the sweet and tangy flavors of this recipe. I served it with risotto last night, and it made an amazing meal!


Thursday 18th of February 2021

My husband is the same about chicken. He always needs a sauce. But question? Where does the sauce come in play with this recipe? You dip the chicken in the sauce then remove and fry in a skillet, right? Where’s said “sauce”? It sounds good, but just making sure I’m reading it correctly. Thanks!

Erin S

Thursday 18th of February 2021

The mixture you dip it in is thick, and as the chicken cooks in it, it makes a sauce that coats the chicken. Sometimes I double the sauce mixture so I can add a little more to the pan at the end to make sure the chicken really is saucey.


Thursday 5th of December 2019

Any ideas what to do for a side dish?

Erin S

Friday 6th of December 2019

Yes!! I will add some to the post to help others be here are some ideas Oven Roasted Potatoes - Roasted Green Beans - Pull Apart Bread - Mushroom Rice Pilaf Asparagus So many other ideas here -


Thursday 4th of October 2018

Made this last night, and it's a winner! Flavorful, easy and healthy...triple win!

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