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This Honey Baked Chicken recipe is perfect for dinner parties or an average weeknight dinner. With only 5 ingredients in the sauce and no marinating, this easy and delicious is a meal everyone will love!
Honey Baked Chicken Thighs on white platter


This is by far my absolute favorite way to eat chicken. This baked chicken recipe is super moist, and super tasty, the skin is gorgeously browned, and the sauce is amazing. It’s easy to prepare, too, and it looks as fantastic as it tastes.

You only need 5 ingredients for the sauce and no marinating, either!

This baked chicken dish is great whether you have company coming over for a dinner party or you are just cooking for your family.


honey baked chicken thighs on white platter


How to make honey baked chicken

This baked chicken recipe is easy to make! For the full directions, please scroll down to the recipe page, but here is how you generally make it:

  1. Whisk together only 5 ingredients for the sauce.
  2. Arrange the chicken pieces into a large baking dish.
  3. pour the sauce over the chicken and roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  4. Every 15 minutes, baste the chicken with the sauce.


Don’t be scared of the mustard and curry powder combination in the sauce. You don’t really taste either addition by themselves, but they combine with the honey and melted butter beautifully to create a luxurious sauce for the chicken.

Can a baked chicken recipe be luxurious? I’m going with it. Be brave enough to try this chicken and you will become fast friends forever!


white platter on wooden table, with baked chicken thighs

Tips for making the Best Baked Chicken

Baking great chicken isn’t hard! Use these tips to get the best baked chicken recipe.
  • Make sure you use a pan big enough to have some space between each thigh. You want there to be enough room for the hot air from the oven to circulate and cook the chicken.
  • Make sure your baking dish has sides to keep all the juices and marinade in.

How do you bake juicy chicken?

Using bone in and skin on chicken thighs is the best way to get perfectly cooked and juicy chicken. Another of my favorite baked chicken recipes is Rosemary chicken with lemon and potatoes! 


If you need a great veggie side dish that you can cook in the oven along with this chicken, I highly recommend my Garlic Roasted Zucchini! Its as simple as dumping stuff in a pan and letting it cook! You will need to let it cook a few minutes extra if you have both the chicken and the zucchini in the oven together, but it will still turn out to be one fabulous meal! 

Yield: 5 Servings

Honey Baked Chicken

Honey Baked Chicken

This Honey Baked Chicken recipe is perfect for dinner parties or an average weeknight dinner. Easy and delicious and everyone will love it!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 3 lb chicken (legs, thighs, or any combo of chicken with skin and bone still attached)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, honey, mustard, salt and curry.
  3. Arrange chicken pieces into a baking dish.
  4. Pour the sauce over the chicken and place the pan in the oven.
  5. Bake for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, basting the chicken with the sauce every 15 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 873Total Fat: 54gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 334mgSodium: 881mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 76g

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Katie Watson

Thursday 10th of November 2022

Should it be covered with foil while baking?


Monday 14th of November 2022

Nope, it doesn't need foil on top, unless you start noticing that it is getting really dark on top! The chicken skin will crisp and get dark in some places, but it doesn't need foil unless it looks like its close to burning.

RJ Weathersby

Friday 20th of November 2020

I see Garam Masala instead of Curry powder and it was wonderful. Thank you!

Jeanne Boucher

Saturday 7th of March 2020

Have you ever used boneless chicken. Thank you


Friday 13th of March 2020

Hi Jeanne! I have not used boneless chicken in this particular recipe before. You could use boneless, skinless thighs here instead but you will need to shorten the cooking time.It will probably only take 20-25 minutes, but you will have to watch it and check the temperature with a thermometer! If you try it, let me know how it goes!

Julie @ Bunsen Burner Bakery

Monday 21st of March 2016

Ummm... this sounds AMAZING. I'm not a big chicken fan, but I will absolutely be trying this soon. Only a few more weeks until my little guy can eat honey!

Jill Diefenderfer

Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

Made this tonight and it was delicious. It wasn't crispy and dark like in the picture but none the less delicious. We did use chicken breast instead of thighs or legs.

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