Chicken With Dijon Mustard Sauce

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Chicken with Dijon Mustard Sauce

Chicken with Dijon mustard sauce is a recipe for all mustard lovers. With just the right amount of tang and zest chicken and Dijon mustard make a perfect pair. Dijon mustard adds a nice complex deep flavor that makes this dish well-rounded. It adds the right amount of zing. This dish is super easy to make. It takes just twenty minutes and serves two. The ingredient list includes chicken, olive or cooking oil, white wine or vermouth, thyme, garlic, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.

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INGREDIENTS

 2 chicken breasts, beat 1/4 inch thick with tenderizer

 ½ tsp Pepper

 1 tsp Salt

 2 tbsp olive oil or other cooking oil

 ½ cup white cooking wine or vermouth

 1 tsp dried thyme

 1 clove garlic, minced

 2 tbsp Dijon mustard

 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, optional

DIRECTIONS

1

Season the chicken with the salt and pepper. In a large pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken and cook for about 5 minutes per side, until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.

2

In the same pan, add the vermouth, thyme, and garlic, bringing to a simmer and reduce by half, cooking about 5-7 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the dijon mustard until a smooth sauce is made. Pour over the chicken and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

CREAMY DIJON MUSTARD CHICKEN RECIPE

This Dijon mustard chicken recipe sounds fancy, but takes just 15 minutes total – perfect for weeknights! Everyone will love this creamy mustard sauce for chicken.

Plate of dijon chicken with mustard cream sauce

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Feeling bored with chicken dinners? Pan seared chicken breast is one of the quickest ways to bring dinner to the table, but when you want to change up the sauce, make this Dijon mustard chicken recipe instead! This mustard sauce for chicken is creamy and rich, with options to be sweet or savory.

This Dijon mustard chicken recipe was originally published on June 3, 2017 and the post was republished in April 2021 to add updated pictures and useful tips. The recipe is the same, except I now recommend a cast iron skillet over others. Here is one of the original photos, if you’re curious, edited to brighten it up:

Pan with chicken and mustard sauce

WHAT IS MUSTARD CHICKEN?

Mustard chicken is a pan fried chicken with creamy mustard sauce. It’s easy and delicious!

DIJON MUSTARD CHICKEN INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CHICKEN:

  • Chicken breast – I recommend this free-range chicken that gets delivered right to my door.
  • Olive oil – Or any other oil suitable for high-heat cooking, such as avocado oil.
  • Sea salt & black pepper

FOR THE SIMPLE MUSTARD SAUCE FOR CHICKEN:

  • Garlic – Freshly minced or jarred garlic will work.
  • Chicken broth – Use low-sodium chicken broth like this one.
  • Heavy cream – This helps to create a silky smooth sauce. For a dairy-free option, you can sub this with coconut cream.
  • Fresh thyme leaves – Use 1 tablespoon fresh, or swap in 1 teaspoon dried.
  • Dijon mustard – I highly recommend this whole grain Dijon mustard, but any kind will work.

HOW TO MAKE MUSTARD CHICKEN

HOW TO SEAR THE CHICKEN:

We begin using the same method I do for all my pan seared chicken breast recipes…

  • Season. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
chicken with dijon mustard sauce
  • Sear. Heat oil in pan and saute chicken on each side, until golden and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.

TIP: For best results, use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The chicken is ready when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. To prevent it from drying out, I usually prefer to bring it to just 162 degrees F, as the internal temperature will rise a few degrees as it rests covered in foil while you make the sauce.

Browned chicken breast in a skillet

HOW TO MAKE DIJON MUSTARD SAUCE FOR CHICKEN:

  • Saute garlic. Add remaining olive oil to pan, along with garlic and saute until fragrant.
chicken with dijon mustard sauce
  • Deglaze. Add chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to remove any bits stuck to the pan. Simmer until the volume is reduced by half.
Deglazed sauce in skillet
  • Finish sauce. Add cream and thyme and return to a gentle simmer, just until thickened. Stir in mustard and remove from heat.
chicken with dijon mustard sauce

SERVE DIJON CHICKEN WITH CREAMY MUSTARD SAUCE:

Pour the sauce over the chicken on a plate, or transfer chicken back to the pan and cover in sauce. Add a sprinkle of time leaves on top if you like!

Chicken with mustard cream sauce in a skillet

DIJON MUSTARD CHICKEN BREAST FAQS

WHY PUT MUSTARD ON CHICKEN?

Because chicken with creamy mustard sauce is absolutely delicious. 😉 The mustard works to emulsify the pan sauce, and the sauce adds both flavor and moisture for a super juicy chicken breast.

CAN YOU MAKE CHICKEN WITH MUSTARD CREAM SAUCE DAIRY-FREE?

Yes, you can make a dairy-free mustard sauce for chicken. I used traditional heavy cream, but thick coconut cream is a wonderful substitution if needed.

CAN YOU USE REGULAR YELLOW MUSTARD?

Yes, you can, but I think it tastes much better with Dijon mustard.

CAN YOU MAKE CHICKEN WITH HONEY MUSTARD SAUCE?

Yes, you can. Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey to the sauce together with the cream, but know that this does add some sugar. To avoid this, I like to stir in 1-2 tablespoons of powdered Besti instead, which is natural and sugar-free.

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chicken with dijon mustard sauce

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

This chicken with mustard cream sauce is best made fresh and since it’s ready in 15 minutes, it totally doable for a quick chicken dinner!

But if you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for 2-3 days.

CAN YOU FREEZE MUSTARD CHICKEN BREAST?

You can freeze the chicken, but because the sauce contains cream, it might separate when re-heating. It’s safe to eat and will still taste great, just won’t be as smooth and creamy. For this reason, I don’t recommend freezing it.

HOW TO REHEAT CHICKEN BREAST WITH CREAMY MUSTARD SAUCE:

Reheat the chicken gently in a hot skillet or microwave, until heated through.

Dijon Chicken Breasts

This Dijon Chicken recipe completely knocks it out of the park yet it’s an easy, one-dish dinner!

Tender chicken breasts are lightly simmered in an easy creamy Dijon sauce that’s restaurant menu worthy.

Busy weeknights call for quick recipes that are short on prep, cook time, and cleanup, and this chicken dijon recipe fits the bill!

Dijon Chicken Breasts cooked in the pan

A Quick Weeknight Chicken Dinner

  • Without a doubt, this easy dish makes flavorful and juicy chicken breasts.
  • The sauce is so good, I could almost drink it! While infused with tangy dijon flavor it is mellowed out with heavy cream.
  • The whole meal takes about 30 minutes and needs just one pan!
  • Dijon chicken is naturally low-carb and great over Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes or Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
chicken with dijon mustard sauce

Ingredients & Variations

We love boneless, skinless chicken breasts since they’re both lean and quick cooking. Skinless, boneless thighs will work too.

This creamy sauce starts with butter and garlic. White wine adds amazing a depth of flavor to the sauce and heavy cream adds thickness and texture.

The flavor boosters in this sauce include garlic and a bit of soy sauce for salt. I use a regular Dijon mustard but you can use your favorite variety. This recipe is great with a grainy dijon as well.

VARIATIONS Experiment with the many varieties of mustard available. Tarragon is really good in this sauce as well, add about 1/2 teaspoon in place of the thyme.

preparing chicken for pan frying

How to Make Dijon Chicken

One dish and it’s done!

  1. Season the chicken and brown per the recipe below. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Simmer the sauce ingredients until thickened.
  3. Add chicken back to pan & cook until heated through.
process of adding ingredients to pan to make sauce for Dijon Chicken Breasts

Recipe Tips

  • Pound the chicken breasts to an even 1-inch thickness so they cook evenly.
  • Be sure that a meat thermometer reads 165°F, don’t overcook. (I usually take the chicken off the heat around 162°F as it will continue to rise in temperature).
  • White wine adds great flavor to the sauce and simmers so the alcohol burns off. It is highly recommended. I keep an inexpensive bottle of white wine for cooking in the fridge (substitutions listed in the recipe below).
  • Choose a dry (not sweet) white wine like Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Parmesan and parsley make a great optional garnish for this recipe.

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chicken with dijon mustard sauce

Storing Leftovers

Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat chicken with sauce in a saucepan on the stove. Add a little cream to thin out the sauce, if necessary.

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