Crispy Mustard Chicken

This crispy mustard chicken recipe inspired by Ina Garten is a fantastic idea for dinner served with a simple salad. The chicken is juicy and flavorful with the perfect golden brown crust.

Crispy Mustard Chicken


  • Chicken thighs. I used bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. Substitute with any chicken of your choice. Chicken breasts won’t need to bake for as long.
  • Dijon mustard. Smooth mustard works better as glue for the breadcrumbs to stick to than grainy mustard would.
  • Panko. Any breadcrumbs can be used but panko always delivers the crispiest result. Use gluten-free breadcrumbs if required.
  • Fresh thyme. Fresh rosemary, parsley, oregano, etc. will also work.
  • Garlic powder. 
  • Salt and black pepper. 
  • Olive oil. 

How to make crispy mustard chicken

Place the breadcrumbs, thyme leaves, garlic powder, a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of black pepper in a deep bowl and stir to combine. Brush the dijon mustard over the chicken thighs Then press into the breadcrumbs to coat completely. Place the chicken in a baking dish or skillet and bake at 200ºC/390ºF until golden brown and crisp. Serve with a simple side salad or side dishes of your choice.

Can I make this ahead?

The chicken can be prepped with the crumb topping and place in the fridge, uncovered, for up to 6 hours before baking. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheated in a hot oven or air fryer.

What to serve with mustard chicken

I served the chicken with arugula/rocket dressed with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper but any salad will be delicious. Crispy potatoes or sautéed vegetables are also a good idea.

Crispy Mustard Chicken

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Crispy Mustard Chicken

Crispy Mustard Chicken

This crispy mustard chicken recipe inspired by Ina Garten is a fantastic idea for dinner served with a simple salad.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dijon mustard chicken, mustard chicken, mustard chicken recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Calories: 405kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4


  • 2 cups Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 750 g / 1½lb chicken thighs (8 medium thighs)
  • 4 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.
  • Brush the chicken thighs with the mustard then dip into the breadcrumbs, ensuring every piece of chicken is coated.
  • Transfer to a baking dish then drizzle over the olive oil.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven then serve with lemon wedges and side dishes of your choice.


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1056mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 3mg

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