honey dijon is a very addicting flavor. it has all the right components. the sweet, the savory and the kick. it's our favorite sauce to get with our chicken nuggets at restaurants and my in-laws favorite salad dressing. so when brainstorming what to do with my thawed chicken breasts today, i thought, oohh, honey dijon chicken! i have all of the ingredients in my pantry. but then, i thought, let's make it crunchy! underneath that fried chicken will be a hidden flavor of honey dijon. sounds so good! the hardest part of this recipe was waiting for it to get out of the oven. that delicious honey dijon smell filled the house for FORTY doggone minutes and our mouth watered the whole time. lol. it was delicious. some ask, why baked? not only is it better for you, but i don't have to stand at the oven getting popped with hot grease! please try this recipe. i know your family will love it.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts -
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard -
- 2 tablespoons honey -
- 1 and 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs -
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil -
- combine the dijon mustard and honey in a small bowl. set aside.
- lay the chicken breasts on a flat surface and pat dry. season well on both sides with salt/pepper to taste.
- brush on the honey dijon mixture on both sides of the chicken. place in large ziploc bag and allow to marinate for a couple of hours. for maximum flavor, marinate overnight.
- preheat the oven to 425 degrees. line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. spray with cooking oil. set aside.
- pour the panko into a flat plate. remove the chicken from the ziploc bag, and add each chicken breast into the panko. coat the chicken well with the panko breadcrumbs.
- use your hands to press the crumbs into the chicken.
- place the breasts on the prepared baking sheet.
- drizzle the breasts with the oil (or melted butter) and place in the preheated oven for 30 - 40 minutes or until crispy, brown and cooked through.
i did not add any additional spices to the panko. i truly wanted the honey dijon flavor. however, feel free to add more spices if you want.