This delicious mustard chicken is simple enough for weeknights, but special enough for company.

mustard chicken in skillet with spoon

This one-pan easy mustard chicken has a creamy mustard sauce, bacon and onions. Simple enough for weeknights, but special enough for company.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Chicken – I made this with skin-on/bone-in chicken thighs and legs (drumsticks). If you prefer boneless chicken, I suggest picking up bone-in/skin on chicken breasts and just cutting the bone out yourself. Chicken breasts are easy to take off the bone, and at least you’ll get the skin to brown and add flavour. It’s also usually cheaper than buying boneless chicken breasts.

Mustard – you will need both regular Dijon mustard and Grainy mustard for this recipe.

Pancetta – the pancetta bring a lovely salty note to this dish, so I highly recommend it. If you don’t have pancetta, you can substitute bacon.

mustard chicken in skillet with spoon

Serving Suggestion

This dish would be perfect with some creamy mashed potatoes, as the gravy is delicious. The mustard sauce is also well suited to serve with pasta.

Chicken with Mustard - simple enough for weeknights, but special enough for company

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A delicious, one-pot mustard chicken is quick and easy, but special enough for company. Nice served over pasta or mashed potatoes.
5 stars from 11 ratings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 serving


  • 8 bone-in/skin-on chicken thighs, or breasts/drumsticks or mixture

Chicken Marinade:

  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika, sweet or smoked
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

For the rest:

  • 1/2 cup pancetta, diced (can use bacon)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 2-3 Tablespoons creme fraiche, or heavy cream
  • Fresh thyme, for garnish


  • Chicken Marinade: Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Toss the chicken pieces in the marinade mixture, coating well. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet with a cover (or a Dutch oveover medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring frequently, until it’s just starting to brown. Remove bacon from pan in to a small bowl. Leave about 1 Tbsp. of bacon fat in the pan (or add a bit of olive oil if you used pancetta and there isn’t much fat). Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until soft. Stir in the thyme and let cook for a few minutes more. Remove onion to bowl with bacon.
  • Add a bit of olive oil to pan and heat. Add half the chicken to the pan (Don’t over-crowd. Cooking in two batches is best). Cook over medium-high heat until browned on one side, then flip over and brown the other side. Remove to a plate and cook the second batch, adding more olive oil, as necessary. Remove this batch to a plate, as well.
  • To the hot, empty skillet, add the wine and stir/scrape well to loosen the brown bits on the bottom. Return the chicken, bacon and onions to the pan. Cover and cook over low-medium heat for about 15 minutes, turning the chicken in the sauce a few times during cooking. Test chicken for doneness and cook a few more minutes, if necessary.
  • Remove chicken from pan to a serving plate. Stir grainy mustard and creme fraiche or heavy cream in to the sauce and stir just until heated through. (If sauce is too thick, you can thin with a little warm water). Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with some thyme.
  • This dish is nice with pasta or mashed potatoes.


Be sure to read the notes above this Recipe Card, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!
Cuisine: American
Course: Dinner
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 578kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 38g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 225mg, Sodium: 659mg, Potassium: 563mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 300IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 2.1mg
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Adapted from David Lebovitz’s “My Paris Kitchen”