This baked mustard chicken breast recipe is the easiest meal you’ll make this week. It requires literally 2 minutes prep time, then you just let the oven do the job. As much as I love embarking in time-consuming kitchen adventures, sometimes we just ain’t got the time. This baked chicken recipe is for those days. Minimum effort that lands you a healthy chicken dish.
A bunch of minutes of prep time and then about 40 minutes in the oven. Now don’t let those 40 minutes cooking time scare you. It’s oven time – passive time. I promise that this recipe is only 2 minutes hands-on. If you can handle the wait, this effortless baked mustard chicken will become a favourite.
There is a lot that you can do in that half hour as the chicken bakes. You can of course take care of a side dish, if you wish to stay in the kitchen and get something more done. Or you could take care of the laundry. Water your plants. Drink a glass of wine reading a book. Help your child with homework. You could even take a quick shower or a short walk with the dog but do come back to check on the oven after about 20 minutes. It’s all time that you had budgeted for cooking and that you now won back!
Chicken breasts, and 3 condiments. That’s it. Not only is this recipe easy, it also requires minimal ingredient amounts. This recipe yields 2 portions, but you can adjust the amounts in the recipe card below if you need to serve a larger party.
For additional flavour, I have used herb salt. Mine’s a mixture of salt and dried onion, garlic, parsley, leek and oregano. You can just use regular salt if you don’t have herb salt at hand.
In this recipe I have used Dijon mustard, but you could use any type you like. I am also quite fond of honey mustard, it will obviously impart a little sweetness to the dish. Coarser grain mustard is also a great idea. Really, go with your favourite – or with what you have in the fridge.
Sour cream is to be preferred for the extra depth of flavour that its acidity conveys, but regular cream can be used in substitution. Feel free to choose a lactose/milk free alternative if you have an allergy.
How to make this super easy baked mustard chicken
- Sprinkle the salt over both sides of the chicken breasts, lightly massaging it in.
- Add the mustard and sour cream to a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Place the chicken breasts in an oven-safe dish and spread the mustard mixture on both sides. Bake at 200°C (390°F) for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature in the thickest part reads 75°C (170°F).
What to serve with mustard chicken
If you’ve chosen this recipe because you are not willing to spend more than 2 minutes in the kitchen, just serve your chicken breasts with a simple salad. One of the bagged ones, easy peasy dinner’s ready. This flavourful chicken goes extremely well with salad, so even if you’re not willing to devote more time to your dinner, with salad it’s gonna be delicious and healthy.
If you choose to spend those 40 minutes in the kitchen to fix a side dish, here are some suggestions that can keep you busy as the chicken bakes:
- Butter sautéed carrots
- Coleslaw with quick pickled veggies
- Simple Prosecco risotto
- Ricotta pasta salad
- Raw mushroom salad
- Grilled eggplant bruschetta
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Easy Mustard Chicken
Baked chicken breasts with mustard, an easy dish that requires very little preparation and lands you a healthy simple dinner in just over a half hour.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 60 ml sour cream
- 2 tbsp mustard
- pinch of herb salt
Sprinkle the salt over both sides of the chicken breasts, lightly massaging it in. Place the chicken breasts in an oven-safe dish lined with baking paper.
Combine the mustard and sour cream in a small bowl and stir. Brush mixture on both sides of the chicken breasts.
Bake at 200°C (390°F) for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature in the thickest part reads 75°C (170°F).
Baking time varies according to the thickness of the chicken breasts. Thicker breasts will require additional time, so it's always best to use a meat thermometer to be sure. Chicken is not a food you should eat not properly cooked.
Please notice that the nutritional information provided in this recipe card is made by an online calculator and meant to be used as a guideline only.