Here we are with another honey mustard chicken recipe. I took a more traditional approach to this honey mustard chicken recipe than I did with my last one. I am really not a huge fan of mayonnaise so my last recipe used Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise you find in a traditional honey mustard. This time around, I used mayonnaise to give ole tradition a spin for a bit. That urge made for quite the production in my kitchen while I attempted to make mayonnaise to use in this recipe. That is a song for another time, however. For now though, this honey mustard chicken turned out to be so juicy and tender! And there was enough sauce left to drizzle over the side of broccoli I made for it too.
Honey, mustard, and mayonnaise are things that most people stock in their homes. That is part of why this recipe is so amazing! Not only is this meal delicious, it doesn't require a grocery list full of ingredients you are only going to use for this one recipe. On the contrary, it requires only a handful of items that you most likely have already. All this time you could have been making honey mustard to put on everything 😉
I made my own mayo.
But I do not expect you to have done this. Use your normal mayonnaise. I made my own in an attempt to create a mayo that I enjoyed. I was fairly successful. My next mayo-making attempt will have some tweaks to try to make it a little zestier. That's what I get for using vinegar instead of the highly recommended lemon juice for the recipe. In my defense, I was out of lemons...
I went through a few recipe tweaks before I found one that would work for now for this honey mustard chicken recipe. You have probably wondered a couple of times now why I didn't just buy mayonnaise from the store. Because I don't like it. So I figured I could try to make some that was a little tastier than what I am used to store-bought tasting like. I'm really ambitious like that 😉
Use your usual mayo; there are no extra brownie points for making your own. That being said, if you want to make your own, you have my total support.
I slow cooked the mayo.
The flavor of the chicken was amazing. But the look slow cooked sauce was a bit of a turn off. Not to worry though! I easily whipped up a bit of fresh honey mustard from the leftover honey, mustard, and mayo that I had plenty of to start with, and drizzled the fresh stuff over the cooked chicken. This way I got the best of both worlds. The chicken was super tender and honey mustard-y. And the honey mustard sauce poured over the chicken did not look like curdled milk. The sauce did not curdle, as there was no dairy in the sauce. It was just lumps of hot homemade mayo. Either way, it didn't look great. So I called an audible and used uncooked honey mustard for the plating step.
You will notice that my pictures show that I measured out less honey mustard ingredients than what I call for in the recipe. This is so that you make enough of the sauce at the start to pour over your plated chicken later on like I did 🙂 I'm helping you save time by making the mistakes for you along the way 😉
I added vanilla extract.
Yes. Yes, I did. I added vanilla extract to the honey mustard.
This really added an extra dimension of flavor in the sauce. I like honey mustard to be sweet, not overpoweringly mustard-y. That is just my own preference. Henceforth, I jazzed up my honey mustard recipe with a little bit of vanilla extract. I am very happy with this improvement. I have now made honey mustard a few different times using various recipes each time, and I have never thought to put vanilla extract in it before. But this time I finally had the epiphany. So let's stop living in the past and move on to our vanilla flavored futures 🙂
Since my goal here was to avoid an overpowering mustard flavor, I opted for Dijon mustard for this recipe. It allows to sweetness of the honey to be prevalent while still adding the flavor essence of mustard. If you prefer a heavy mustard flavor, I suggest using yellow mustard. Check out this recipe if you like a super mustard-y honey mustard.
Serve it with greens.
This honey mustard chicken recipe is a little different from my other one. I think it is clear that I did not really have healthy on my brain with this one. This sauce is much richer on account of the homemade mayo I incorporated. Because of that, I decided to serve it with greens.
I am a sucker for honey mustard on my salads as much as I am for it on my chicken. So serving this entree with a nice cold garden salad on the side would be an excellent option. For mine, I went with steamed broccoli. I personally wanted a bit of a heartier green to counterbalance the richness of the sauce. As it turns out, honey mustard drizzled over broccoli is also delightful 😉
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, frozen
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1) In a small mixing bowl, mix together mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, honey, and vanilla extract until well(ish) blended. (The mayo is bound to leave a lump or two, this is fine.)
2) Spray the crockpot with cooking spray.
3) Put the frozen chicken in the crockpot,
4) Add salt, pepper, and cayenne to the pot.
5) Pour the honey mustard sauce you made in step 1 over the chicken breasts, leaving a little left in the mixing bowl for plating later.
6) Cook on low for 5 1/2 hours.
7) Remove chicken breasts from crockpot. Pour extra honey mustard sauce form step 5 over cooked chicken breast to serve.
Do you prefer your honey mustard sweeter or with a strong mustard flavor? Tell us in the comments below!
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