This creamy honey mustard chicken recipe has tender, melt-in-your-mouth chicken breasts and a silky honey Dijon sauce. It's quick and easy to make, so it's great for busy weeknights but tasty enough for company!
Dijon mustard and cream make a great sauce. Back in 2016 I posted a creamy Dijon rosemary chicken recipe that was quite popular. I think it was actually my sister, again, who suggested the idea for this recipe. She also suggested creamy bacon chicken recently. Turns out little sisters can be useful. 😉
In this recipe, the sauce isn't too sweet, but it definitely has a bit of sweetness from the honey. The Dijon mustard helps to balance that sweetness. I just love the flavor combo. And the cream and butter... yeah, this is one delicious sauce. This hasn't been tested on kids, but I think this could be a hit with them if you want to try something slightly fancier than chicken fingers dipped in honey mustard haha.
How to make creamy honey Dijon chicken
- Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise (like you're butterflying them, but then cut them to make 4 thinner cutlets).
- Sprinkle the chicken pieces with garlic powder and salt & pepper, then dredge them in flour.
- Pan fry the chicken pieces until golden on both sides;
- Make the sauce with the rest of the butter, chicken broth, Dijon mustard, honey and cream;
- Add the chicken back into the pan and cook until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through.
(Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below)
Can I use a different kind of mustard?
Sure, feel free to substitute with your favorite mustard. Keep in mind that the sauce may end up being even sweeter if you don't use Dijon, though, as many mustards are a bit sweet. The Dijon cuts some of the sweetness because it has a sharp flavor.
Can I substitute the cream for something else?
I don't recommend it. Cream (heavy or whipping) has a lovely rich flavor and texture that's hard to replicate. The sauce will end up thinner if you use something like milk or half-and-half, the sauce is more likely to break/curdle, and you may need to tweak it by adding flour or something else to thicken it. If you're used to making substitutions in these types of recipes (e.g. if you're sensitive to dairy), then feel free to give it a try and let me/other readers know how it worked out in the comments.
What to serve with this recipe:
These honey mustard chicken breasts are delicious with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice. I recommend serving them with veggies as well (try my roasted beets and carrots or my baby bok choy) or a side salad.
Other chicken recipes you may like:
Will you make this honey Dijon mustard chicken recipe?
Questions? Don't hesitate to ask in the comments below.
Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken
- 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Flour for dredging
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter divided
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- Prepare your chicken (cut it in half lengthwise so you have 4 smaller cutlets). Sprinkle them with the garlic powder and salt & pepper and then coat them in the flour.
- Heat the olive oil and one tablespoon of the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the pan is hot, add the chicken pieces and cook them for 4-5 minutes/side or until they're golden. If the oil starts to splatter a lot, reduce the heat. Once the chicken is browned, take it out of the pan and set it aside.
- Take the pan off the heat and add the rest of the butter, the chicken broth, Dijon mustard, and the honey.
- Return the pan to the stove and adjust the heat to medium. Stir the sauce until the mustard has dissolved (make sure the liquid doesn't reduce completely).
- Add the cream. Once the sauce is bubbling again, add the chicken back in. Let it cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is reduced to your liking.
- I used my 10-1/4" Lodge cast iron skillet to make this recipe. Any skillet is fine, though. You don't need to use cast iron.
- Chicken is safe to eat when it's reached an internal temperature of 165F. Use an instant read thermometer to test for doneness.
- I suggest using fairly large boneless/skinless chicken breasts for this recipe since we're cutting them in half lengthwise. If you have small chicken breasts, use four of them and leave them whole.
- Use low-sodium chicken broth if you have concerns with sodium content.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Chicken is tender but I think I could have used less Cream and there would have been more flavor and adding more honey might help.
You can certainly tweak the ingredients next time.
Hi! This looks wonderful and I plan on making it this evening 🙂 Can I make it with chicken thighs?
Hi! Sure! You may want to sear them for a bit longer as chicken thighs do tend to take a bit longer to get tender. Internal temp should be at least 175F. Let me know how it goes! 🙂
Great recipe. I didn’t have Dijon mustard so just used wholegrain mustard and it came out perfect. The whole family loved it.
Tammy Shafer says
This recipe is delicious! I didn't have heavy cream and used evaporated milk instead, it was excellent! The best home mustard chicken I've ever had!
Instead of heavy whipping cream can you use cooking cream?
Hi! I don't know what cooking cream is. If it's 35% fat or so, that should work fine, though.
Made this for dinner last night and it was absolutely delicious. All 3 children demolished it, one of those kids usually hates honey mustard chicken lol. I am lactose intolerant so substituted the cream for coconut yogurt and the sauce was lovely and creamy and thick still. I didn't have garlic powder so i used garlic salt and didn't use the regular salt. I also did 1tbsp of wholegrain mustard and 1tbsp of Dijon instead of Dijon only. Will absolutely make this dish again in the future. Delicious.
I'm so glad it worked out!
I absolutely love having this as a quick go to meal, I pair it with a green salad and use leftovers in a sandwich the next day!
I'm thrilled to hear that, Aaminah! 🙂
My husband and daughter LOVED it! I paired it with lemon rice and green beans or Brussel sprouts! The sauce over the lemon rice is perfect!