Friday, September 18, 2015

Honey Mustard Chicken

If you've ever read this blog you know that I have the Pickiest Eater Ever for a Son and my Old School Italian Husband is where he gets it from.  So, I am used to making separate suppers.  I'll make something cool and delicious for my Adventurous Daughter and myself and something plain and boring for the boys.  Would you believe that Honey Mustard falls under the umbrella of foods they won't eat?  Seriously.  My Pickiest Eater Ever Son eats no condiments at all.  None.  Except for barbecue sauce (and he just started eating that a few years ago).  Yeah.  I'm a big time foodie who loves to cook and half of my family won't touch ketchup.  Go figure.

Anyway, here is an example of something they won't eat (and how to customize it).  

Bonus:  It's quick and so simple to make (perfect for a busy week night)! 


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
oil (canola, olive, etc)
2 TBS mayonnaise
1 TBS Dijon mustard (any mustard you have will work)
1 TBS honey
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease a baking sheet (with sides) with oil.  

If you have really thick chicken breasts, you can cut them in half horizontally to make two thinner pieces.  Pound them with a mallet (or a skillet) to make them an even thickness.  This makes sure they cook evenly.  Plus, thinner pieces cook faster.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and place on the greased baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes (thicker pieces would have to cook longer).

While the chicken is in the oven, whisk together the mayo, mustard, honey and apple cider vinegar.  Season it to taste with salt and pepper and whisk again to combine.

After the chicken bakes for 20 minutes, remove from oven and brush with honey mustard mixture.

If you have a picky eater who won't eat honey mustard, just leave a piece plain or brush it with something they do eat, like barbecue sauce or ranch dressing.  (I use barbecue sauce for my boys, as you can see in the background of this pic):


After you brush on the honey mustard, return it to the oven for 5 more minutes.   

That's it!  Super easy and very flavorful. 

FYI, the honey mustard mixture makes a great salad dressing (or a dip for chicken nuggets or pretzels).  It's simple to make and with ingredients you probably have on hand.

So, there is a really quick and easy recipe that you can customize for your picky eaters.  Enjoy!

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