There's nothing like the sweet and tangy flavor profile of honey and mustard.
Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken combines simple ingredients: chicken, mustard, honey, and some fresh rosemary. This light and lean chicken dish uses ingredients most of us have on hand, and it hits a home run for every player on your team. Because it’s low in calories but high in protein, there’s no doubt you’ll turn to this easy meal after a difficult day. There’s nothing like the sweet and tangy flavor profile of honey and mustard. Undoubtedly, the marriage of this unlikely duo will wake up your taste buds and leave you wanting more.
Wonderful Honey Mustard
Whoever decided to sweeten the bitingly-hot taste of mustard with the smooth sweetness of honey was most certainly a genius. Unsurprisingly, the first recipe for honey mustard sauce was published in the fourth century. The Romans used this recipe to glaze wild boar. In view of this combination‘s ancient history, it’s not surprising to learn that a chef named Dan Ryan popularized the classic flavor combination as a salad dressing in the 1970s. It took off immediately in the U.S., and it became the base for our light and lean chicken dish.
A Juicy Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken
Above all, the slow cooker definitely has your back when it comes to preparing juicy chicken with honey and mustard. We adore this light and lean chicken dish, appreciating its low-calorie yet protein-rich goodness. As a result of rosemary’s chic status in restaurants everywhere, the days of parsley garnishing our plates are over.
If rosemary doesn’t grow as a shrub in your neighborhood or doesn’t even make it into your weekly shop, never fear! Equally great (or close to) are the dried or powdered forms of rosemary. A tablespoon of dried rosemary works well here. However, concentrated rosemary in its powdered form can quickly overpower a dish with its strong flavor. Use a teaspoon and a half if that’s all you have, or just forego it. The mustard and honey are enough to deliver great taste. Throw all the ingredients together in the slow cooker and bring on the magic! Everyone will love its lightly sweet and incredible taste.
Choose Bone-In Skinless Thighs
We chose bone-in, skinless chicken thighs for four reasons. For starters, chicken skin is full of bad fat, so we remove it to make the dish healthier. Secondly, leaving the bone in helps to impart all the good nutrients and savory flavor bone marrow offers. Thirdly, keeping the bone in means less processing, leading to reason number four: Less processing equals less expense. Winner winner, chicken dinner!
Alternatively, you can also use an Instant Pot to make this Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken dish. We include instructions below, in case you’re interested.
Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken
- 4 rosemary sprigs fresh
- 4 chicken thighs bone in, skinless chicken thighs
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 4 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon rosemary fresh, finely chopped
- Place one rosemary sprig under each chicken in the slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, mix the honey, mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary. Pour the mixture on the chicken, making sure that they are all coated.
- Cover and set the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 22, 2015.