Grilled Brown Sugar-Mustard Chicken Recipe
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Grilled Brown Sugar-Mustard Chicken Recipe

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I came up with this recipe in college and it's been a household staple ever since. It's a snap to throw together with ingredients I have on hand. —Kendra Doss, Colorado Springs, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup yellow or Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken thigh with 1-1/2 teaspoons mustard mixture: 224 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 597mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, mix mustard, brown sugar, allspice and pepper flakes. Remove 1/4 cup mixture for serving. Add chicken to remaining mixture; toss to coat.
  2. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°. Serve with reserved mustard mixture. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Brown Sugar-Mustard Chicken in Taste of Home April/May 2014

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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MY REVIEW User ID: 193450 265083
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2017

"Made just as the recipe is written, using Dijon mustard. Delicious. And easy. Perfect spring/summer main dish. Will make again. And again."

berta0717 User ID: 2145161 228622
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"I followed the recipe and this was great. I used Dijon mustard instead of the yellow. It's quick easy and delicious."

PegWI User ID: 4788878 227006
Reviewed May. 26, 2015

"easy, moist."

jiljilsch User ID: 8294399 227005
Reviewed May. 26, 2015

"I followed this recipe to a T and it was terrible. The only thing we could conclude it tasted like was potpourri. After reading other reviews I'm not sure if I did something wrong somewhere or what the case was, but this was not good - all household members agreed, which doesn't happen often in our home -ESPECIALLY with Taste of Home recipes - this is one of the FEW that hasn't worked out and been delicious :("

cam2112 User ID: 8300681 226911
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"Made this yesterday for Memorial Day weekend picnic. Everyone loved it. I followed the recipe to the letter and so glad I did. I will be making this for any picnic we go to over the summer and for us here at home. So easy and delish!!!! Thank you for the great recipe."

Dougie55 User ID: 8327261 226646
Reviewed May. 20, 2015

"I tried this last night, but being alone now, had to make adjust it for myself. I had a nice turkey thigh in the freezer and used it. The only changes I made were to add some crushed garlic, and a bit of hot sauce to add to the heat of the chilies. I left the skin on the thighs, and of course had to cook it longer, and was done on the BBQ, but it turned out perfect. Was wonderful with a basic salad I quickly drummed up. Great easy recipe. Thanks a bunch."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 226416
Reviewed May. 16, 2015

"Great tasting quick sauce for chicken. Used yellow mustard, and I didn't think the mustard taste was overwhelming at all."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 226388
Reviewed May. 16, 2015

"Wonderful! Made it with yellow mustard. Flavorful and easy to assemble when you don't have time to marinate ahead of time."

spronovo User ID: 3118526 225746
Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"Simple and delicious. Made it with yellow mustard and it was great. My mom also tried it with Dijon and we didn't like it nearly as much. Yellow mustard is the way to go. Also I used the extra sauce to baste as I grilled the thighs."

TheDix User ID: 607421 224245
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"Delish! I made this with boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the grill."

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