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Contest-Winning Honey-Dijon Chicken

Smothered in a sauce that gets its sweetness from honey and pineapple juice, these chicken breasts are a favorite, even for picky eaters. I like to serve them over egg noodles. —Barbara Leventhal, Hauppauge, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min
  • Makes
    2 casseroles, 12 servings, 6 per casserole


  • 12 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Hot cooked rice or noodles


  • Rub chicken with garlic and thyme. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil until a thermometer reads 165°. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, pineapple juice and water until smooth. Stir in mustard and honey. Add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with rice or noodles.
    Freeze option:Divide chicken between two 11x7-in baking dishes. Cool. Cover and freeze up to 3 months. To use, completely thaw in refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover and bake 35 minutes or until heated through.

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  • criskringle
    Jan 17, 2018


  • Spanky1960
    Mar 23, 2017

    I was looked forward to trying this dish. The chicken came out nice and juicy, but it was too bland. My husband didn't care for it all.

    Jan 22, 2017

    Very simple and tasty. Will be a repeat at our house.

  • luigimon
    Jun 14, 2014

    I halved the recipe, and froze it, rather than eating part and freezing part. I don't know if I over cooked the chicken, or didn't cover it well when I froze it, but the chicken was tough, and the sauce was a little too mustard-y. I will be taking this out of my Recipe Box.

  • bjsilve0
    Apr 7, 2014

    Loved it. For the two of us I cut the sauce to 1/4 and used 2 chicken breasts. The amount of sauce was perfect. I think if I had cut the sauce down any more it would have been to dry.

  • Myra Ford
    Mar 19, 2014

    Excellent!! My family loved it. Will definitely fix again. I have also prepared in the slo-cooker. I added all ingredients except cornstarch and cooked 4 hours on low. Added cornstarch and cooked 20 minutes longer. Served over rice.

  • AENesko
    Nov 14, 2013

    Great recipe!

  • becky1789
    Oct 19, 2013

    I thought this was ok, but a bit bland. Just didn't do it for me I'm afraid.

  • tybova
    Nov 25, 2012

    I was very happy with the results. I added dedicated another clove and thyme as I was a bit short. I was able to make the dish ahead and was pleased to find the chicken to be moist and very tasty. I have 6 more pieces left which are still to be enjoyed at a later date.A very easy recipe!

  • Kt.underwood
    Sep 8, 2012

    I made this with just four chicken breast because it is just me and my husband at home. It was delicious and took about 25 minutes start to finish. Instead of cornstarch I used flour, and I used honey mustard in stead of dijon and honey. My husband and I both agree the honey mustard was a bit over powering on the noodles we used as a side but in a pinch it totally worked. Can't wait to eat the left overs which are in the freezer now!