This baked chicken breast recipe is an easy to make one pan meal. Tender chicken breasts with sweet honey mustard glaze, sautéed red onions and mozzarella cheese.
Chicken is the perfect canvas to use in creating a healthy and flavorful meal any day of the week. Whether you use dark meat or white is usually a matter of personal preference and taste. That being said, a baked chicken breast recipe like this one is going to be lower in saturated fat and calories than one made with dark meat chicken.
Honey mustard chicken is quick and easy to make, too. You really can’t go wrong with a one pan meal like this! The simple honey mustard glaze is key to the flavor of this meal.
How do you keep chicken breast moist when baking?
Some people avoid making baked chicken dinners, claiming the chicken is too dry to enjoy. It’s true that dark meat is typically juicier than the white meat. But that doesn’t have to be the case! These baking tips will help ensure that you have tender, juicy baked chicken breasts.
- Flatten the surface. One end of a chicken breast is usually much thinner than the other. To avoid over cooking, use the flat side of a meat mallet to lightly pound the breasts to an even thickness.
- Cook at a high temperature. Breast meat is very lean, so if you leave it in the oven for too long, it can dry out quickly. It’s best to cook at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time. As a result, the juices will quickly be locked into the meat.
- Use an instant read cooking thermometer. It’s nearly impossible to judge the doneness of chicken by appearance alone. Make the job easier by using a meat thermometer. Insert the probe into the thickest part of the breast to take the internal temperature. This baked chicken breast recipe calls for a cook time of 30 minutes. However, the honey mustard chicken is ready to remove from the oven when the internal temperature reaches 163°F. The chicken will continue to cook as it rests, causing the temperature to rise to a food safe temp of 165°F.
What to serve with this baked chicken breast recipe
This dish is light and flavorful. As a result, it’s best when you serve it with a side dish that won’t steal the show from the honey mustard glaze. Some favorites of mine are:
- Oven roasted potatoes
- Wild rice pilaf
- Simple garden salad
You should try my baked chicken recipe for Cordon Bleu, too. Enjoy!
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Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts 2 lbs boneless and skinless
- 1 medium red onion sliced thin
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 tbsp grain mustard
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small bowl mix together the honey and grain mustard. Reserve half in separate bowl. Set both aside.
- Place thinly sliced red onion in a rectangle 9×12″ casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray or olive oil. Add the chicken breasts on top of the onions.
- Sprinkle the chicken with kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder.
- Baste chicken with half of the honey mustard glaze.
- Add 2-3 slices of fresh Mozzarella cheese on top of each chicken breast.
- Bake for 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts. (See Note 1)
- Allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing or serving. When serving, top each chicken breast with sautéed onion slices and fresh chopped parsley. Drizzle remaining honey mustard glaze on top of each chicken breast. Serve on its own, over steamed rice, pasta of choice, or roasted potatoes.
- If chicken breasts are too thick (1 inch or more), slice in half horizontally and pound between sheets of plastic wrap for even thickness. For best results, use an instant read thermometer, the chicken is cooked when it reaches internal temperature of 165°F.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
What exactly is grain mustard?
Grain mustard is only partially blended, with some of the mustard seeds still visible, creating an overall coarse texture.
SO GOOD!!! And easy to make!
Thanks so much Patty!
can you make this without the cheese?
Certainly Caroline, simply omit. I would baste it once while it bakes, too. 🙂
Hi there…I was wondering if I could use shredded cheese as opposed to sliced mozzarella. Asking because I have a full bag of it.
Love honey mustard anything! Definitely need to try this recipe!
Thanks Marissa, hope you two are doing well. Cheers! 🙂
Can’t wait to try this Kevin! So easy for those busy weeknights! So much flavor too!
I love one-pan meals. They especially come handy during weekdays when you’re super tired after office but want a super healthy meal too. I am trying this on tonight!
They are the best! Great for a busy night and easy cleanup!
I’m planning to make this and I was wondering if Dijon mustard would work? This sounds so delicious!
Let me know how it turns out! Sure give it a try and let me know how you enjoy it!