Wicked Good Chicken

By Ann Fulton

Wicked Good Chicken is like a grownup version of honey mustard chicken, no mayo required. Quick prep with basic ingredients, it's an ideal weeknight meal!
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This old recipe with a funny name is like a grownup version of honey mustard chicken, no mayo required. The quick-prep meal is a friend on a busy night and the leftovers can be enjoyed in so many ways. 


“Wicked Good Chicken” was first published on my blog in March of 2012 – truly the early days of the Fountain Avenue Kitchen!

Over the years, the family favorite became buried in the archives. Nonetheless, this easy weeknight meal has earned itself an enthusiastic group of devotees. There are certain people I see on my daily travels that never fail to mention this meal.

I am updating this post in their honor. At the time, I thought the original photos were pretty good. As time went by, however, I decided they were pretty terrible – perhaps enough to scare some people away!

Of course, I’m not deleting those old pictures, because they’re good for a laugh. ⇩⇩

Wicked Good Chicken is like a grownup version of honey mustard chicken, no mayo required. Quick prep with basic ingredients, it's an ideal weeknight meal!

Wondering about the silly name? Years ago, I polled my family for a good name, as a mere mention of the key ingredients (i.e., honey mustard chicken) seemed boring. This recipe deserved more.

With an ode to our time spent in Maine, the descriptive “wicked good” was suggested and seemed to sum it up. (For those who may not know, “wicked” is Maine vernacular for “very,” with added emphasis. For example, Ellen DeGeneres is wicked funny!)

Wicked Good Chicken is like a grownup version of honey mustard chicken, no mayo required. Quick prep with basic ingredients, it's an ideal weeknight meal!

The recipe isn’t gourmet, but it is incredibly easy to prepare and satisfies with its punchy flavor. The utter ease makes it especially appealing on a busy weeknight.

For a fabulous round-two dinner that’s light yet satisfying and brimming with flavor, I like to slice the leftover chicken and place it atop a plateful of Apple Pecan Spring Greens with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette.

Lately, I’ve been serving Wicked Good Chicken with Fall Slaw or Broccoli Slaw and forbidden rice. (Also known as black rice, it’s a new favorite; brown or wild rice complement nicely, too.) The mixers among us cut the chicken into pieces and eat it all together, bowl style.

Wicked Good Chicken is like a grownup version of honey mustard chicken, no mayo required. Quick prep with basic ingredients, it's an ideal weeknight meal!

Looking for an easy meal to bring to someone who’s sick, recently had a baby or is recovering from surgery?

I’ve delivered the chicken, above-mentioned rice and Fall Slaw ⇩⇩ combination several times recently. It’s a nice variation from the pasta dishes that are often received, and ideal when someone is trying to eat healthy without sacrificing flavor.

The meal is easy to double or cut in half, too.

Wicked Good Chicken
Yield: 6 servings
Wicked Good Chicken is like a grownup version of honey mustard chicken, no mayo required. It preps quickly on a busy night and leftovers can be enjoyed in so many ways.
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (could substitute honey)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Dried or fresh rosemary (optional)
  1. Mix Dijon, maple syrup, and vinegar together in a medium-size bowl. (Prep-ahead tip: Dijon mixture may be made a day or two in advance, covered and refrigerated.) Place chicken in a 9×13 baking dish (I don’t grease, but it wouldn’t hurt) and pour the mustard mixture over the top. Flip chicken so that it’s fully coated with sauce. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, as well as a little rosemary, if using.
  2. Bake in oven preheated to 450℉ for about 17 to 20 minutes, depending on size of chicken breasts, or until chicken is just cooked through and the internal temperature when taken with a quick-read thermometer reads 165℉. Half way through cooking time, spoon some of the sauce from the baking dish over chicken. Allow chicken to rest for five minutes before serving.

The mustard mixture is bright and tangy; those who prefer a sweeter dish may add an extra tablespoon or so of honey or maple syrup.
A little rosemary goes a long way. When using dried rosemary, I use about a teaspoon, lightly crushed. When using fresh, I add 1/2 teaspoon, minced, and garnish with an extra sprig or two.

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Instant Pot Option: I have not made this in my Instant Pot, but a reader who cooks regularly with hers told me that she made the recipe using 4 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breast and the same amount of the sauce ingredients. She used the poultry button and said the chicken cooked perfectly in 12 minutes. (She added that the flavor was terrific but that the chicken did not look as pretty as mine. To which I replied that she should look at my original photos.)

Case in point:

Wicked Good Chicken is like a grownup version of honey mustard chicken, no mayo required. Quick prep with basic ingredients, it's an ideal weeknight meal!

 For the accompanying recipe for Smashed Roasted Potatoes, click here.

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  1. Alissa

    This became an instant family favorite the first time I made it – and it’s so easy! It’s been made many, many times since.

  2. Judy Post author

    So I made this on Monday and I have to tell you it was wicked good! So good that I bragged about it the next day at work and 2 of my co-workers asked for the recipe and made it as well!

  3. Christine Post author

    I made this for the first time the other night and it was a hit. Love your recent “what we’re eating now” post, too. So many good recipes!

    1. Ann Post author

      Thanks for letting me know, Christine. I’m so glad the recipe was a success and that you enjoyed that post!

  4. Nancy Fischer

    This chicken was exactly what the name says – wicked good! Loved that it was so easy to put together, short in baking time, and not dry like boneless chicken breasts sometimes are. The sauce is terrific! Definitely will be making this again!

    Because the breasts I was using were on the thick side, I pounded them down to even out the thickness. I think this helped to tenderize them, too.

    1. Ann Post author

      Great news, Nancy! So happy the recipe was a success and thank you for the helpful suggestion of pounding large chicken breasts to make them evenly thick. I do think this helps to tenderize them and prevents the smaller, thinner end from drying out as the thick end cooks through. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  5. Alexis M

    Made this for dinner just this week. My picky family gobbled it up! FYI…It was hot and didn’t feel like heating up the house so I threw in Instant Pot and hit poultry setting. It may not look good but the flavor made up for it – for sure. Thanks for another winner winner chicken dinner!

    1. Ann Post author

      Alexis, I love that you tried this in the Instant Pot and appreciate the positive and helpful feedback. I’m laughing about your meal not looking as pretty as mine…just look at the old photos again and notice the sprig of rosemary I used to add some visual appeal to the newer ones. 🙂

  6. Sue Goddard

    My husband and I had the WIcked Good Chicken for dinner tonight….we liked it very much….easy to prepare, I will have this recipe again..
    Thank you, love your website…

  7. Judy

    Made this last night for dinner. Next time, I’ll need to make a double batch as this was a huge hit! The sauce is so flavorful anything could go along side. I did make spaghetti squash along with this and added some grape tomatoes, black olives, shaved parmesan and some greek marinade/dressing. I’d like to try this with chicken thighs! I sent this recipes to several of my girlfriends because it is so simmple to make it’s ridiculous and it tastes so good!

    1. Ann

      Your spaghetti squash side dish sounds like a perfect accompaniment for this chicken recipe, Judy. I am thrilled this was a hit and hope your girlfriends enjoy it, too!

  8. Jennifer Schad

    Wicked awesome chicken! My children told me that this meal was the best dinner I have ever made! Love Fountain Kitchen ‘s recipes!

  9. Mary Lou Keller

    Just found this and think I will make tonight with the chicken tenders I have thawed. I think it will go well with the butternut squash bake I am making.

    It is easy and I just happen to have all these ingredients on hand!

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