Grilled Chicken with Honey Mustard Dressing

Grilled Chicken with Honey Mustard

When I was a kid, summer vacation always started with an annual trip to McDonalds. The pilgrimage, which coincided with the last day of school, was something that I looked forward to for weeks, and I always got the same thing: a 6 pack of chicken nuggets with honey mustard sauce.

It’s strange to look back now and think about how much I looked forward to the oddly uniform nuggets of spongy mystery meat, but in retrospect I think it may have been the sauce. The sweet floral honey and tangy acerbic mustard are contrasts that go together like black and white.

Honey Mustard Salad

While this grilled chicken with honey mustard dressing shares ease and speed with its distant cousin from the Golden Arches, that’s about where the similarities end. It’s a quick weeknight meal that you make, not because it’s quick, but because it’s delicious.

The chicken is seasoned simply with salt and pepper before going on the grill, so the flavor of the chicken has a chance to shine. As such, be sure to use the best quality chicken you can find. Together with subtly bitter mustard greens, peppery arugula and the sweet and the tangy dressing, this makes for a delicious protein packed meal that will fill you up without bogging you down.

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Savory chicken grilled, sliced and served with baby greens and a honey mustard dressing.
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Savory chicken grilled, sliced and served with baby greens and a honey mustard dressing.
  • 250 grams chicken thighs – boneless skin-on
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 80 grams baby greens
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot mustard (optional)
  1. As far in advance as you can, sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the salt and pepper. Ideally you'll let it sit for 30 minutes so the salt can penetrate the meat, but if you’re short on time, you can move ahead right away.
  2. Wash the salad greens and dry in a salad spinner.
  3. Heat a grill or grill pan until hot.
  4. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil onto the chicken and rub all over both sides.
  5. Place the chicken skin-side down on the grill until it has good grill marks, and then flip and grill until the chicken is cooked through (registered 160 degrees F on a thermometer). Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Whisk the olive oil, honey, whole grain mustard, lemon juice and hot mustard together in a bowl.
  7. Slice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  8. Drizzle a few spoonfuls of dressing onto the greens and toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Arrange the chicken on top of the salad and drizzle with the remaining dressing.

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  • Melanie W

    This looks great, perfect for the summer!

    McDonalds was a road trip staple for me too.

  • Asha Shivakumar

    Omg..this looks so good Marc. I’ve been following your blog from when I saw your tutorial on youtube for photography. Your pictures are beautiful.

  • Monica Sanchez

    I know that this is not related AT ALL, but your cooking inspires me to try and make up recipes. That being said, I’m using your slow roasted salmon technique and while the curry sauce you created to pair it with is AMAZING, I have a ton of mangoes and avocados. I was wondering if you knew of a mango curry sauce similar to the one above that would pair well with the salmon. Any tips suggestions would be awesome :) (the avocados I used for a mango avocado salsa that I tried with the salmon)

    • Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Monica, it’s hard to give you a recipe without trying it out first, but you could probably do something by eliminating the peanut butter and brown sugar and cooking down some mangoes after you’ve fried the garlic, ginger and spices. Hope that helps.

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  • kirstine

    marc, can I still do it with oven like baking it? thanks.

    • Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Kirstine, if your oven has a broil mode, and you can move your rack to the top position, you should be able to do it in the oven. Just put a wire rack on a baking sheet and put the chicken on the rack before putting it under the broiler. Broil skin side down until the meat side is browned and then flip and broil until the chicken is cooked and the skin is starting to crisp.

  • Yogicfoodie

    Thank you for wonderful lunch!
    Next time I’m going to make a gallon of this honey mustard dressing.
    I did put a bit more lemon juice in, however, my quest for the best honey mustard
    dressing is over.
    Thank you.

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  • Marteen Hook

    Grilled chicken with honey and mustard sounds very delicious. I am going to try this recipe asap. Thanks for this superb recipe.

  • Tristan Leterrier

    l tried it yesterday and it’s just delicious. I had to learn how to debone chicken leg myself (it isn’t sold deboned in france) but wow, it was worth it.
    the crispy chicken skin, the juicy meat , and the dressing with the salad are in perfect harmony !!

    • Jen Haylock

      deboning a chicken leg is pretty easy…I always buy my chicken whole and debone then make stock out of the bones. the main trick is to chop the knuckle off the end of the drumstick before slicing into the meat. this way you only have to deal with the knee joint which once you have sliced the leg lengthwise and scraped down the bone with the knife to separate the meat and bone should just be able to be broken away from the cartilege. digging the rest out isn’t too difficult but can be a little fiddly. make sure you have a very sharp thin blade (like a filleting knife) and practice will do the rest

  • Tay Mor

    I’m Jamaican, so it will be difficult for me to ‘season’ the meat so sparsely with just salt and pepper, but I will deffo give this recipe a shot! Seriously the imagery alone made me drool!

  • Patricia Horton

    this will be my sunday dinner the chicken looks delious


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