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Grilled Brown Sugar-Mustard Chicken Recipe

Grilled Brown Sugar-Mustard Chicken Recipe

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. YIELD: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)


  • 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.

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.

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cast_iron_king User ID: 1236761 267621
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2017

"I have made this twice--once with Dijon mustard and once with yellow mustard. I liked the yellow better, but that is just a personal preference. This recipe has all the right points, it's delicious, fast, easy, and calls for kitchen staples I have right on hand. It received thumbs up at the dinner table. I'm going to try it tonight as a glaze for grilled pork chops."

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."

lmlewis User ID: 3059948 194234
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2014

"Delicious from the oven. I will try grilling next time."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 195794
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2014

"This was a tasty recipe. I would probably try grilling the chicken instead of broiling next time. The mustard was a bit prominent, but I think grilling may seal in the other flavors a little better."

kimmy95620 User ID: 6809121 212722
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2014

"I was a little leary with all the mustard but.....WOW! This marinade is fantastic! Even a friend of mine who hates mustard liked it. I used boneless skinless thighs. Definitely a keeper!"

kdido User ID: 5939114 180829
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014

"Great recipe for the grill!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 135906
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2014

"Great and so simple to prepare!"

Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 197571
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"This was great. I made two extra chicken breasts and cut them up to put on top of our salads a few days later. I LOVE cooking once but really twice!"

schindlm User ID: 7229720 135900
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2014

"This recipe caught my eye because I had boneless chicken thighs in the freezer so I tried this recipe and loved it! It's delicious and easy - and will definitely become part of the rotation of chicken on the grill recipes for our family. Thanks you Kendra for sharing it with us!"

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 195786
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"The sauce was the star of this dish with its mustard base, sweet brown sugar, and warmth from the allspice and red pepper. My family thought it was a really unique flavor combination and would be a great alternative to grilled barbecue chicken."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 112400
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"Agree with everyone else--very quick and easy to prepare and tastes delicious. I threw in some garlic but otherwise followed the recipe."

southpawamy User ID: 4310053 118541
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"SO delicious and easy!! The whole family loved it!"

aes62206 User ID: 1778816 112395
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"wonderful, I broiled mine and served it with pasta salad and fruit salad, nice and quick for after school"

Ckgleason User ID: 7728842 124413
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"I received my Taste of Home magazine today and made this tonight after church. It was very simple to prepare and went from stove to table in minutes. I used Dijon mustard and added a half teaspoon of garlic powder along with the allspice, which when coupled with the red pepper flakes, nicely complimented the richness of the chicken thighs. I grilled them on a grill pan which straddles the stove burners (be sure to open a few windows and turn on a fan for the smoke). In order to finish completely cooking the thighs, I placed them in a baking dish, covered with foil, and then inside 350 degree toaster oven while I assembled the rest of my meal. I served them with rice and a salad. The reserved sauce was a nice addition. Even my picky 5 year old found them pleasing. I husband and I agreed this dish was very suitable for serving to guests. I will definitely make this recipe again!"

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