Recipe: Crunchy Honey Mustard Chicken

We all have those days when we’re gone all day, only to come home to no dinner ready, a mess waiting for us, and kids homework to tackle, not to mention all the emails and “professional” duties awaiting our attention.

I had this kind of day yesterday.  On top of all my duties, I was exhausted.  Cooking a full course meal was the last thing on my mind.  {This is when freezer cooking can be handy.}  I had planned on fixing Italian Chicken Bruschetta Pasta, but couldn’t even muster up the energy for that easy recipe.  It’s times like these that we just feel like grabbing the box of cereal.  I would have done this, but I had thawed chicken that had to be cooked.  Since none of the options were at all appealing, I came up with a 4 ingredient main course and added a side of steamed vegetables.  I would normally have a starch, like rice pilaf, but I decided we would just double up on the veggies and call it a night.

The main course consisted of chicken, cooked in a homemade honey mustard salad dressing, and topped with coarsely ground rice.  I made a honey mustard dressing last week for salad bar night, but my husband wasn’t crazy about it.  To rescue it from the back of the refrigerator, I poured it on the chicken instead.  You can use any kind of honey mustard salad dressing you want for this recipe, whether homemade or store-bought.  The chicken turned out quite tasty, with just the right amount of crunch, and perfectly moist.

What is an easy dinner you go to when you can’t muster up the energy for grandiose?

Crunchy Honey Mustard Chicken

Use a homemade recipe of honey mustard salad dressing to avoid the top allergens, but you can use a store-bought dressing.


  • 2 pounds chicken breast-boneless, skinless
  • 1 cups honey mustard dressing
  • 1-2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/3 cups rice, coarsely ground


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Place small chicken breasts (cut breasts into smaller pieces, if necessary) in shallow baking dish. Pour honey mustard dressing over top of chicken and season with garlic salt. Grind rice in coffee bean grinder, if necessary, until coarsely ground. Sprinkle ground rice over chicken.

2. Bake in oven, uncovered, for about 45 minutes or until cooked through and brown on top.

3. Turn oven to broil and broil for about 2 minutes, just to crisp it up a bit more.

Serve with rice pilaf and steamed vegetables. Enjoy!

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12 Responses to Recipe: Crunchy Honey Mustard Chicken

  1. Jenny says:

    that looks really tasty! happy you were able to use up a leftover dressing, and mustar(d) up the energy to throw together a really yummy looking dinner!

  2. amber says:

    Oh. My. Yum. These are my favorite flavors. This looks amazing. 🙂

  3. I love a recipe with only four ingredients! 🙂 And, yes, I agree…that a home-cooked meal and the culture of the table, even in the midst of busyness, is truly a testimony of God’s grace at work. Thanks for being an example of that!

  4. Rogene says:

    That looks so good! Will have to try it. My no brainer “go to” is stir fry. I keep large cut frozen veggies on hand to make it quick. But we lived on this stuff while I was trying to figure out gluten free cooking, so I try not to make it too much.

    • Cook says:

      I love stir-fry, but never seem to get it just right. It’s always hit or miss. Plus, my husband can’t have soy, so we rarely have that anymore.

  5. Oh this looks awesome–I’m drooling now! Would you mind coming by my Creative @ Home Wednesday link up party and share it, I know my readers would enjoy it bunches!


    • Cook says:

      Thank you, Susan! I’ll do my best to had over to you link up party on Wednesday. Thank you for the invitation.

  6. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

  7. Swathi says:

    I like the use of 4 ingredients making wonderful dish. Love the addition of rice there. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

  8. Thank you for sharing with Creative @ Home Wednesday! I hope you’ll come back this Wednesday to link-up with us again!

    Susan Godfrey

  9. This recipe sounds so yummy! I look forward to trying it!

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