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This isn’t your normal one skillet recipe. This honey mustard bacon chicken skillet is healthier for a few reasons but still totally craveable!

Serve up this bold honey mustard chicken recipe with a loaf of crusty artisan bread and a bright, fresh tomato cucumber salad, and you have a winning dinner the whole family will love!

A while back, we made honey mustard bacon brats and let me tell you, they are delicious. Like major good. It’s hard to want a brat any other way now. But as Cade and I were cleaning up dinner he said, “That sauce tastes so good I want to eat it on everything!” and as he snagged one last piece of saucy bacon from the pan to gobble it down before washing the skillet, I had the idea.

This really would be good on anything. Like really. At first I was really going to go to town and make a crunchy chicken but Cade and I are trying really hard to make good eating choices during the week, which is difficult today as I just photographed the best, oh my goodness amazing pumpkin cookies ever and I can hear them calling my name from the kitchen, “Carrian, you know you could have just half a cookie and you’d feel so happy…”

Ingredients for Honey Mustard Bacon Chicken Skillet

Ok, I digress…back to this tasty one skillet chicken recipe! Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Chicken Thighs: You can use boneless chicken or use bone-in. If you use bone-in chicken, it will just need a little longer to cook through.
    • NOTE: Chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) also work great with this recipe if you want a more lean dinner.
  • Water: helps with the base of the honey mustard sauce
  • Honey: adds flavor and natural sweetness
  • Dijon Mustard: any brand works great or you could go with spicy brown mustard too if you want a little kick
  • Cilantro: adds a bright pop of freshness
  • Bacon: because you never need a reason for bacon
  • Olive Oil: helps finish off the sauce and sauteing
  • Garlic: adds flavor

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

a photo of all the ingredients in separate small bowls for honey mustard bacon chicken

How to Make Bacon Honey Mustard Chicken

Here is a quick run through of the instructions for making this easy chicken dinner recipe. It gets extra bonus points for all being cooked in one dish!

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook the bacon.
  2. Once the bacon is crispy and cooked, remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Add the chicken to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium low. Let it cook for 5-6 minutes and then flip it and let it cook for 5-6 minutes more.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, whisk all the ingredients for the sauce together.
  5. When the chicken is done, remove it to a plate and add the sauce mixture to the skillet. Let it simmer until it thickens slightly.
  6. Chop the bacon and add it to the sauce.
  7. Add the chicken back to the skillet and spoon the sauce over the chicken.
  8. Remove from the heat and let the chicken rest. Serve and enjoy!

These instructions are also available in the recipe card down below. You can also save or print the recipe from there.

a photo of a golden pan seared chicken thigh topped with crumbled bacon and chopped cilantro

Can I Use Chicken Breasts Instead?

Yes, chicken breasts work great for this recipe! They will probably need a little less time to cook through so make sure you keep your eye on that internal temperature. You want it to be 165 degrees F.

Are Chicken Breasts Healthier Than Thighs?

Both chicken thighs and breasts are good sources of lean protein. In comparison, one key difference between the two is the fat content. Chicken thighs tend to be more fatty than their leaner companion, so yes, there is more fat on a thigh (dark meat) than is on a breast (white meat). However, this fat is the good kind.

a photo of 4 golden pan seared chicken thighs sitting in a rich sauce and topped with crumbled bacon and chopped cilantro

What is the Difference Between a Skillet and a Frying Pan?

The difference between a sauté pan and a skillet is a subtle but important one, and it all comes down to shape.

A sauté pan, from the French verb meaning “to jump” (sauter), has a wide, flat bottom and relatively tall, vertical sides.

A skillet, on the other hand, has sides that flare outward at an angle.

What to Eat with Honey Mustard Chicken with Bacon

Storing and Reheating

It is best to store leftover honey mustard chicken in an airtight container in the fridge. Leftovers will keep for up to 3-4 days. You can reheat this meal in the microwave or on the stove top. If I have the time, I like to use the stove to heat it back up.

Why We Love This Recipe

There are so many reasons to love this recipe, but first and foremost, the flavor!! The combination of honey, mustard and bacon is just home run combination of flavors!

Second, it’s all made in one skillet so clean up is a breeze!

Next, it is dairy free, gluten free and packed with protein!

Finally, you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes which makes it family friendly and great for a busy weeknight!

a photo of a golden chicken thigh sitting a rich sauce in a cast iron skillet

This delicious one-pan honey mustard chicken with bacon combines the sweetness of honey, the tanginess of mustard, and the savoriness of bacon to create a mouth-watering chicken dinner. Perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal

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Servings: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Description

This isn’t your normal one skillet recipe. This honey mustard bacon chicken skillet is healthier for a few reasons but still totally craveable!

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  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat then add the bacon.

    6 Slices Bacon

  • Cook the bacon until crispy, flipping one time. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.

  • Add the chicken to the skillet and turn to medium low.

    4 Chicken Thighs

  • Allow to cook for 5-6 minutes, flip and cook an additional 5-6 minutes or until cooked through.

  • While the chicken is cooking, whisk together the water, honey, mustard and cilantro in a small bowl.

    ¼ Cup Water, ¼ Cup Honey, 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard, 2 Tablespoons Cilantro

  • When the chicken is done, remove it to a plate. Increase the temperature to medium and add the olive oil and garlic to the skillet and stir until the garlic is fragrant.

    ¼ Cup Pure Olive Oil, 2 Clove Garlic

  • Add the sauce mixture to the skillet. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer until it thickens slightly.

  • Chop up the bacon and add the bacon to the sauce. Stir everything together.

  • Add the chicken back to the skillet and spoon the sauce over the chicken.

  • Take off the heat to rest for 3 minutes and serve.

left overs will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator

Serving: 1gCalories: 573kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 23gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 349mgPotassium: 321mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 117IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: 100 Family Favorite Easy Healthy Recipes

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