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

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! 

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!
4.50 from 8 votes
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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 5 Servings
Calories: 873kcal
Author: Jenni



  • cup butter melted
  • 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


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


Serving: 1g | Calories: 873kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 76g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 30g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 334mg | Sodium: 881mg | Sugar: 18g

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

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

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

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Jeanne Boucher says:

    Have you ever used boneless chicken. Thank you

    1. 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!

  6. RJ Weathersby says:

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

  7. Katie Watson says:

    Should it be covered with foil while baking?

    1. 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.

  8. Candice Labban says:

    I made this for my mom on Mother’s Day, she is a picky eater and loves it btw it came out perfect

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