Roasted Dijon Chicken Thighs are started and finished in the same skillet! This simple recipe requires minimal hands-on time, only uses a few pantry staples, and is both low-carb and gluten free!
The honey mustard Chicken Thighs are seared in a cast iron skillet for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. Searing the chicken skin at a high temperature, retains the juices and nicely browns the skin. After that, they go straight into the oven. Half way through cook time they are brushed with a sweet & savory Honey Dijon sauce. Then back into the oven they go to finish cooking.
Starting your chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet and finishing them in the oven, is a fool-proof cooking method. I have roasted bone-in chicken thighs countless times like this. They always turn out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside!
- Chicken thighs, bone-in & skin-on – You definitely need to use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for this recipe. You cannot substitute boneless and skinless chicken thighs.
- Course salt, ground black pepper & garlic powder – These will be used to season your chicken thighs before frying them in the cast iron skillet.
- Olive oil – Olive oil is used to lightly oil the cast iron skillet. Less is more! The chicken thighs will produce a lot of oil while cooking.
- Dijon mustard – Dijon mustard originates from France and is a pale yellow color with hints of brown. It is made with spicy brown and black mustard seeds and does not contain as much vinegar as traditional yellow mustard does. Dijon mustard has a smooth and creamy texture, is slightly spicy and has a little bit of tang. I would not substitute yellow mustard for Dijon mustard in this recipe.
- Honey – Honey is used in this chicken thigh recipe to balance out the spice and tang in the Dijon mustard. Honey adds a hint of sweetness and will glaze the chicken thighs. I would not substitute maple syrup or any granulated sweeteners for honey in this recipe.
- Minced garlic – I used minced garlic straight from a jar. This is one of my favorite time-saving hacks. If you don’t have a jar of minced garlic, go ahead and press some garlic through a garlic press or use a chopping knife to finely mince a clove of garlic.
- Salt – More salt is needed in this recipe to add to the Honey Dijon sauce that will be brushed on the chicken thighs halfway through cooking time. I used regular table salt, not course salt.
- Cast Iron Skillet – I personally use Lodge Cast Iron. The larger the skillet the better for this recipe. My cast iron skillet is 12 inches across. Even with a 12 inch skillet, I still need to crisp the chicken thighs in this recipe in two separate batches.
How to make
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Open the package of chicken and pat dry with a paper towel. Season both sides of the chicken thighs with course salt, ground black pepper and garlic powder.
Step 2: Lightly oil the cast iron skillet with olive oil. Heat the oiled cast iron skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs to the pan, skin side down. Do not overcrowd the pan. You may have to brown your chicken in two batches. Brown the chicken skin over medium to medium/low heat for about 7 minutes. You will know the chicken is ready when the skin easily releases from the pan and has turned golden brown. You will only sear the skin side of the chicken.
Step 3: After about 7 minutes, flip the chicken thighs over and transfer your skillet into the oven. All of your chicken thighs should fit into your skillet after you have browned the skin. The chicken thighs shrink slightly during browning and they can be crowded into the pan once they are ready to go into the oven.
Step 4: Set a timer for 10 minutes. While the chicken is cooking in the oven, make the honey Dijon sauce. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, honey, minced garlic and salt.
Step 5: After the chicken thighs have cooked for 10 minutes, brush the honey Dijon sauce onto the the crispy chicken skin. Return the chicken thighs to the oven and roast for an additional 10 minutes. The chicken thighs will cook in the oven for 20 minutes total.
Step 6: Remove the roasted Dijon chicken thighs from the oven. Using a meat thermometer, make sure the chicken thighs have an internal temperature of at least 165° Fahrenheit.Print
Frequently Asked Questions
The price of meat can fluctuate based on demand. In general, chicken is a cheaper cut of meat, but often times ground beef and certain cuts of pork can be very inexpensive too. Usually boneless, skinless chicken breast is the most expensive cut of chicken and chicken thighs, wings, drumsticks and legs are more budget-friendly.
The internal temperature of the meat will continue to rise a small amount while resting. Resting also allows the juices to redistribute back into the meat, resulting in juicier chicken. Regardless of rest time, make sure your chicken is at least 165° F before consuming.
The most common cause is overcooking. When chicken is cooked for a long period of time at high heat, the fibers in the meat lose moisture and elasticity, making it hard to chew.
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