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Honey Baked Chicken

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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!

  • Whisk together only 5 ingredients for the sauce.
  • Arrange the chicken pieces into a large baking dish.
  • pour the sauce over the chicken and roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • 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!


Honey Baked Chicken (The Gingered Whisk)

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.


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: 873 Total Fat: 54g Saturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 30g Cholesterol: 334mg Sodium: 881mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 18g Protein: 76g

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  • Reply
    October 29, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Excellent recipe. I loved it

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    Amy McKenna
    July 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I've been told that I'm allowed to make this recipe again. Thanks so much. It was delicious

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      July 18, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Haha that's awesome. 🙂 Glad it went over well!

  • Reply
    February 10, 2015 at 3:42 AM

    What kind of mustard did you use?

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 1:38 PM

      Any kind of mustard you happen to have on hand will work just fine!

  • Reply
    August 13, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Do you think this would work well with a whole chicken too??

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    September 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Do you cover the chicken?

    • Reply
      September 30, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      Nope! Keep it uncovered, that will help you get that gorgeous golden brown skin!

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    Aliff Imran
    November 3, 2015 at 6:29 AM

    What temperature we use when we bake the chicken?

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      November 5, 2015 at 2:07 AM

      Bake the chicken at 350 F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. 🙂 Enjoy!

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    Jill Diefenderfer
    December 22, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    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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    Julie @ Bunsen Burner Bakery
    March 21, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    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!

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