Baked Mustard Chicken

by Heather on November 23, 2011

I know what you’re thinking.


Why on earth am I posting a chicken recipe the day before most of the nation gorges themselves on turkey and sides?  Aren’t we going to eat enough protein tomorrow to last us the rest of the year?


Well, yes.  But the answer is because I want to, because this chicken dish is RI-DIC-U-LOUS in how easy it is, and the flavor is off the charts.  Capiche?

P.S. I just feel like I need to confess that tomorrow I’m making mashed potatoes (Pioneer Woman’s because it’s not a holiday without extra butter and cream cheese) and a sassy little dessert that I’m going to share with y’all later.  I’m probably going to go on a long hike with Nate and the pups and then do a batshit crazy (gasp!  it’s ok – batshit is just a funny word) lower body strength workout.  I feel like if I feel sore I can justify eating more.  Then we’re going to go to celebrate with some of our amazing friends, eat double our weight in food, watch football and probably fall asleep.


The baby’s going to make me do it.

But for now I can gloat in my healthy ways by remembering the night earlier this week that I had a chicken breast and steamed green beans for dinner.  I’m telling y’all, it’s all about balance up in here.  And a big fistful of steamed green beans can cover a multitude of Thanksgiving gluttony sins.


Oh, and make this chicken.  You’ll be tired of turkey after tomorrow anyway.


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard (this would also be fun to use half whole-grain mustard too!)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (I used fresh, panko would be great too though, or regular breadcrumbs)

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a large baking pan (9×13 would work great).  Melt together the butter, mustard and brown sugar.  Stir in the salt, pepper, and tarragon.  Dip each chicken breast into the mustard mixture, being sure to coat all sides with it.  Dip one side in the breadcrumbs and place breadcrumb-face-up in the pan.  Repeat with all chicken breasts.  Bake in oven fro 45-60 minutes at 350.  Check at 45 minutes in the thickest part of the breast to see if they’re done – I baked mine for about 50 minutes.  Serve hot with whatever side you want!

Ah yes, I love a chicken meal that allows me more food on Thanksgiving!

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1 Cassie November 23, 2011

Sounds perfect Heather. I love the addition of brown sugar. Delicious with the mustard. Must-try. Happy Thanksgiving!


2 Blog is the New Black November 23, 2011

Right up my alley. I made smothered chops last night with dijon mustard.

Have a great holiday! Last one without a baby! ;)


3 Robin Sue November 23, 2011

Hey Heather, have a fun and delicious Thanksgiving! I am sure you will cook up something super wonderful!


4 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 23, 2011

I love dijon with chicken. And I love how easy this is!


5 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 23, 2011

That sounds like an excellent breading! Mustard and sweet … YUM!


6 Regina November 23, 2011

Hi Heather, This sounds scrum-delishes, don’t you love Panko, I use it for all my frying now. Well mostly.
Thanks Regina


7 Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 23, 2011

This looks fantastic!! If only I could use a mustard as wittily named as “Saucy Mama”!


8 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 23, 2011

I love chicken like this! So easy, simple, yet delicious!


9 Ashley November 23, 2011

This looks amazing! I always like to spice it up when it comes to chicken. I always get stuck in a rut with chicken!


10 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau November 23, 2011

No, posting a chicken recipe DOES make sense the day before Thanksgiving everyone is going to stuff themselves so silly that they’re going to commit to at least a few days afterward of eating reasonably and chicken fits the bill. At least that’s what will be happening up in here :)


11 Cat Davis - Food Family Finds November 23, 2011

I’m usually not a fan of mustard but that looks really good.


12 Lauren from Lauren's Latest November 23, 2011

That saucy mama mustard is seriously tasty stuff.


13 Koko @ KokoLikes November 23, 2011

I love this idea of a super easy go-to chicken. Will definitely be trying this!


14 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel November 24, 2011

Sounds absolutely delicious!


15 Ellie@fitforthesoul November 26, 2011

Holy cow~~or…chicken?! :) This looks like such a great dish and so delicious.
Mustard is basically one of my favorite “food groups” haha.


16 Sandra's Easy Cooking November 28, 2011

This sound awesome, and like something I would love for lunch!:) Love your photos!!


17 Jian November 30, 2011

simple but delicious :P this is 1 of the simplest recipe but i believe it’ll taste as great. :D


18 Jamie December 3, 2011

I love chicken baked this way and mustard is the perfect flavor for it! I haven’t done something like this in a while…I may snag your delicious recipe this week for a simple, yummy family dinner!


19 Sook December 30, 2011

Mmmm… this dish looks so fabulous! I love chicken and I can’t try the mustard.


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