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This Honey Mustard Chicken tray bake recipe isn’t just delicious, sticky and succulent… it’s also very flipping convenient too! 

It’s a full meal all made in one pan, including potatoes, carrots and flavourings, which means you can throw it all in together and leave it, and there’s hardly any washing up after dinner.

Chicken thighs with honey and mustard sauce with potatoes and carrots.

You know I sing the virtues of one pan dinners a lot, and this chicken with honey and mustard sauce is just another one of my simple, easy favourites that requires not a lot of thought, effort or ingredients. 

Tray bakes are nothing fancy, but they are exactly what we need for a whole, nutritious, quick family dinner that everyone will think tastes amazing.

They are perfect for those busy evenings when you’re juggling picking the kids up, doing homework, getting ready for clubs, sorting the laundry out, watering the plants, contemplating sitting down for FIVE minutes maybe?!

They can also substitute a roast dinner at the weekend if you have the will but not the time or energy!

Why you’ll love this chicken tray bake

⭐️ Budget meal but impressive

⭐️ Low effort, maximum results

⭐️ Delicious, sticky honey mustard sauce

Roasted chicken thighs with honey and mustard sauce drizzled over.

About this recipe

Tray bakes with chicken, sausages, fish or anything else really are lifesavers and I always get them on my weekly meal plan on those weeks when I know I need all the prep-ahead, hands-off cooking I can get. 

This Honey and Mustard Chicken is a fantastic addition to your go-to recipes for this very reason (not to mention that tender, delicious chicken and wonderful honey mustard sauce that takes everything to the next level).

This tray bake chicken recipe is made using low-cost chicken thighs, and other than carrots and potatoes, it’s made up of store cupboard staples, making this super economical as well as easy.

More chicken tray bake recipes…

Ingredients for Honey Mustard Chicken

  • Chicken thighs – I use bone in, skin on for flavour (see notes below)
  • Garlic granules– Not to be confused with garlic salt! 
  • Olive oil
  • New potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce:

  • Garlic – Fresh of pre-prepared is fine
  • Honey – Runny honey is easier to whisk but normal is fine
  • Wholegrain mustard
  • Dijon mustard
  • Water

How to make Honey Mustard Chicken

Raw chicken thighs on a plate rubbed with garlic powder.

1. Start by rubbing the chicken thighs with garlic powder and salt and pepper. Fry them in hot oil until brown all over. Meanwhile, make your sauce.

Browned chicken thighs and carrots having sauce poured over.

2. Add carrots and potatoes into the pan and pour over the marinade, coating well. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until cooked through.


  • Vegetables – I use new potatoes with the skins on, but you could use any other type chopped up. I use baby carrots too but you can use regular carrots if you like (chopped into smaller chunks). You can substitute the vegetable to what you have in. Green beans would work well.

How to store leftover chicken

In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully by before serving or eat cold.

Can you freeze Honey Mustard Chicken? This might be a little tricky but it’s doable, as long as you haven’t already frozen the meat.

It would be best to add the chicken and the honey mustard marinade into a dump bag, then freeze without the veggies. This will give the dish a different consistency (less ‘saucy’) but the chicken will be delicious. Or you could make some fresh sauce when cooking.

Top tips


I use these with bone in and skin on. They are cheaper and also the skin becomes deliciously crispy and golden. You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but they may not look quite as good. They may also need slightly less cooking time.

Dijon mustard 

This is French mustard. It gives the sauce a subtle creaminess. Don’t substitute for English mustard! Your nose and taste buds would get a shock.

Wholegrain mustard 

This gives the sauce texture and ‘bite’. If you don’t have any you can leave it out but the flavour won’t be quite as good.


Can I make a Honey Mustard Salad with this recipe?

Sure! You could omit the carrots and potatoes, reduce the sauce by half, and use the cooked chicken to make a Honey Mustard Chicken Salad instead.

Is Honey Mustard Chicken gluten free?

All of the ingredients in this recipe should be naturally gluten-free, yes. But please do check any packets to make sure first, especially the honey.

What do you serve Honey Mustard Chicken with?

As this is a tray bake meal, it doesn’t require any extra ingredients or effort. However, if you just want to make the chicken this way, you could accompany this with a number of other side dishes, such as Homemade Chips, salad, Colcannon mashed potato, wedges or rice.

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Honey Mustard Chicken {One Pan Meal}

This baked Honey Mustard Chicken tray bake is a deliciously sticky and tasty one pan dish.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 People


  • 1 kg Chicken thighs, I use bone in and skin on.
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp Garlic granules
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 750 g New potatoes, Quartered
  • 500 g Carrots, Peeled and chopped

For the sauce

  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Peeled and crushed
  • 150 g Honey
  • 6 tbsp Wholegrain mustard
  • 4 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp Water


  • Preheat the oven to 200C.
  • Rub the chicken thighs with the salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Heat the olive oil on the hob in a very large oven proof lidded dish.
  • When the oil is very hot, put the chicken thighs in, skin side down, and cook for about 5 minutes until browned all over.
  • While the meat is browning, mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Add the potatoes and carrots to the chicken and pour over the honey and mustard sauce. Make sure everything is coated.
  • Pop into the preheated oven with the lid off for about 45 minutes. (I always use a pan with a lid as if at any point it looks like the dish may be burning and the chicken isn't cooked through yet, I can pop the lid on).
  • Check that the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are tender and serve immediately. If either are not fully cooked, pop back in to the oven until they are.


Chicken thighs: 
You may want to adjust the weight of chicken thighs you buy to allow 2 per person. 
Garlic granules:
NOT Garlic Salt! (I once made this mistake – YUK). It’s just a dried, blended garlic. I like using it for rubbing meat to fry as it doesn’t burn like fresh garlic.
Olive oil:
This should be regular Olive Oil NOT Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For one, that’s too expensive for this! Plus it will smoke too much when you fry the chicken.
In the sauce I use fresh (not dried) garlic. Frozen, pre-prepared, is perfect (it’s what I use mostly as one of my favourite shortcuts).
Runny honey or regular honey is fine. I use runny just because it’s easier to whisk in.
Dijon is also called French Mustard (it’s slightly different in the US but not enough to affect the recipe). Wholegrain is important as it also adds a little texture.
I used new potatoes with the skins on. You could also use any other potato chopped into small chunks.
I used baby carrots as they were what I had at home. If you’d prefer to use regular carrots, just peel and chop them into large chunks.


Calories: 817kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 42gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 208mgSodium: 1259mgPotassium: 1734mgFiber: 10gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 21080IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this on Sunday as a quick mini roast as the day just flew by with boys having 2 lots of football. It went down a treat! Super quick and easy with clean plates at the end.
    Love, love, love your recipes and working my way through the alow cooker meals now 😋