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Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

by Chris Carlton

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Grilled Honey Mustard chicken is tender and juicy grilled chicken covered in a sweet and tangy sauce with a punch of spice.  It is simple to prepare and so flavorful.  The fresh and perfectly balanced flavors of the honey mustard will be a staple in your summer BBQ plans!

Honey mustard chicken grilled and sliced up on a white plate.

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Wow! I’m a little obsessed with this grilled honey mustard chicken recipe. You MUST try it this summer!! I know it is a 5 star recipe when I already want to make it again next week. I have tried recipes before with honey dijon but this honey dijon sauce has such amazing spices in it that it stands out from any other mixture I have seen! When everything is combined the sauce is perfect with a tiny but of a kick to it.

The grilled honey mustard is something even the pickiest eater at my house enjoys because of the sweet honey flavor.  Then, after a long day of being outside my hubby’s friends came over and they were happily eating our leftovers!  Yeah, it’s that good!  I was a little sad not to have leftovers to store.  So, next time I will definitely have to double the recipe!  I served it with my parmesan asparagus and made a strawberry cheesecake salad! Delish!

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Honey Mustard Chicken Ingredients:

  • Whole grain mustard: Sometimes difficult to find, so coarse-ground mustard or stone-ground mustard work well too.
  • Honey: The thick, sweetness is the perfect balance to the other flavors.
  • Lemon: The hint of fresh tangy lemon is that surprising flavor that makes this chicken stand out!
  • Garlic:A clove smashed and minced.
  • Paprika: Adds great color.
  • Salt: The salt will bring out the flavors of the spices.
  • Cayenne pepper: Adds a great medium level spice to the sauce.
  • Red pepper flakes: Even more heat comes from this mix of crushed peppers.
  • Chicken: I like to use boneless, skinless breasts with this recipe.

How to Grill Chicken:

  1. Whisk all ingredients Using a small bowl, mix all ingredients together.
  2. Split sauce: Reserve 4 tablespoons of sauce and then pour the remaining honey mustard mixture over the chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for about 30-45 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Grill Chicken: Preheat the grill on medium-medium high heat, grill chicken for about 6 to 7 minutes per side or until chicken is done.
  4. Dress and Serve: Pour the reserved honey-mustard sauce over chicken and let rest under foil for about 5 minutes. Serve.

The process of whisking together the marinade then adding in the chicken and grilling it.

Tips for Grilling:

  • If your chicken breasts are really thick, pound them to thin them out.  It will reduce cooking time and help it to cook more evenly.
  • Boneless breasts (or thighs) make the best grilling chicken since they are lean and quick to make.
  • Serve grilled honey mustard chicken over rice, a salad or with your favorite summer vegetables!
  • Make sure your grill is clean before you begin and rub some oil on the grates to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  • You are aiming for a medium, indirect heat while grilling so that the outside of the chicken does not burn while you get the inside up to temperature.
  • Keep the grill closed while cooking. This will keep the heat in and allow the chicken to cook quicker and more evenly.
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The Perfect Temperature:

When the chicken reaches 165º F, it is done.  The juice will run clear once the chicken is done, but to be sure you can use a meat thermometer to confirm it is cooked thoroughly.  I personally love the Thermapen.  It reads the temperature so fast and has lasted so well over time.  ThermoPop is another brand I have heard good reviews about as well.  

  • Thinly sliced chicken breasts won’t take as long to reach temperature.
  • Basic rule is 3-5 minutes per side on medium to high heat, but will vary depending on the thickness of your meat.
  • The chicken will continue to cook slightly even after removed from the grill.

Grilled honey mustard chicken on grill.

Storing Grilled Chicken:

I don’t know about you, but I am always wondering how long my leftovers are good once stored.  Especially with chicken.  So, I have done my research to be sure.  Here is what I know:

  • Allow to cool after cooking no more than 2 hours.
  • Store in a shallow airtight container.
  • Grilled honey mustard chicken will be good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 4 months.
  • To avoid freezer burn be sure to pack your chicken tightly with airtight heavy-duty foil, plastic wrap or freezer paper or putting it in a freezer bag.

Up close photo of grilled honey mustard chicken on the grill.

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