Holy Yum Chicken

Holy Yum Chicken from

Holy Yum Chicken from will be your new favorite chicken dinner! The sauce is amazing and whomever thinks mustard with sweet maple syrup together couldn't taste good; well, they haven't tried this holy yum chicken yet!

If you have never made anything from my blog, drop everything and make this for dinner tonight. I’m telling you, YOU.WILL.NOT.REGRET.IT.

I’ve made this chicken 3 times already. 3 times in ONE WEEK. I’m completely, utterly, addicted to it.

Holy Yum Chicken from will be your new favorite chicken dinner! The sauce is amazing and whomever thinks mustard with sweet maple syrup together couldn't taste good; well, they haven't tried this holy yum chicken yet!

It’s the EASIEST recipe, EVER and the tastiest. It will make your taste buds SING and you’ll be doing cartwheels all over your living room. Seriously. If you’re not much of a cook or if you don’t have a ton of time on your hands, this is the dish for you. Yes, yes, yes!

I wish there was some technology where you can just poke your finger at your screen to try the sauce. But, since there isn’t that yet, please please believe me. Why would I lie to you?

Holy Yum Chicken from will be your new favorite chicken dinner! The sauce is amazing and whomever thinks mustard with sweet maple syrup together couldn't taste good; well, they haven't tried this holy yum chicken yet!

Ok, I sound like I’m on my hands and knees begging you to make this. I sort of am..and really, it’s only cause I want you to know how glorious this dish is because you probably will make this every week and share it with everyone you know so they can get a taste of this amazingness. :)


  1. If you don’t like mustard, you likely will not like this dish. 1/2 the recipe’s ingredient is mustard.
  2. It will taste mustardy with a nice hint of sweetness! So again, if you don’t like mustard, don’t make this.
  3. If you don’t follow directions and want to improvise, that is definitely ok! But please do not come back to yell at me for a failed dish. The instructions are laid out completely below because I have tested it myself and it works the way it’s written below.
  4. If you do not use the right equipment it will likely not turn out either. 8×8″ pan means 8×8″ pan. 2 layers of foil means 2 layers of foil. Why? 8×8″ pan will keep the sauce together and compact and won’t cause it to spread out over a large surface area. If you put it in a larger pan, it will spread, therefore, causing the sauce to get cooked off and you’ll end up with dry chicken and little to no sauce. Double layering the foil insulates the sauces and the chicken, it’ll keep the sauce from burning on the scalding hot pan.
  5. Yes, it really is cooked at 450 degrees. I’m not going to lie to you. Yes, it’s very high but it also works (proof: above pictures!) :)
  6. If you’re using chicken breasts, reduce cooking time to 25-30 minutes or you’ll end up with dry chicken.
  7. You may use bone-in chicken thighs. Cooking time is the same.
  8. Whole grain mustard is not the same as Dijon mustard.
  9. Rice wine vinegar and rice vinegar are the same thing. The names are interchangeable.
  10. If you can’t find unseasoned rice wine vinegar, you may use seasoned rice wine vinegar and vice versa.
  11. You can definitely use regular white vinegar or apple cider vinegar or champagne vinegar if that’s all you have on hand.

These notes above were added 4/3/2013 after NUMEROUS feedback from below so I decided to summarize it for you all so it’s like a one-stop get your answers quickly, haha.

Please read the disclaimer & read the comments section below before asking your question or yelling at me. Thank you!! :) I promise I’m not trying to be a b!tch. It’s just that I get asked these questions over and over again so it’s easier for me to summarize above than to keep answering them! :)

Holy Yum Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins

If you like mustard, then this Holy Yum Chicken is for you! 

Servings: 2 -4
  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds boneless skinless, chicken thighs (most of the fat cut and discarded)
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard (must be Dijon mustard, no substitutes)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (again, no substitutes. No fake Aunt Jemima stuff)
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar, seasoned or unseasoned
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 8x8" oven-proof pan with 2 layers of tin foil.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken thighs in the foil layered pan then pour the mixture on top of it. Turn the chicken around in the sauce to make sure it gets all coated.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let chicken sit for 5 minutes then transfer to a plate. Do NOT discard the liquid.
  6. Immediately after plating chicken, whisk in the 1 tbsp. of cornstarch into the liquid in the pan. You'll create a nice, thick sauce to drizzle over your chicken. You need to do cornstarch mixing immediately because the liquid needs to be hot in order for it to thicken properly. If it's still not thickening after 1 tbsp., you can add a little more.
  7. Sprinkle rosemary on top before serving.
  8. Serve with rice or potatoes or vegetables.
Recipe Notes

Video for the recipe can be seen by clicking here!

If you like things more tangy, I would add 2 tbsp. of rice wine vinegar instead of 1 tbsp. I did this the second time I made this and it was a nice tangy kick with the sweetness that subdued it. If you like things on the sweeter side, keep it to 1 tbsp. of rice wine vinegar. Regardless, taste the sauce after mixing it together and adjust to taste. :)

If making paleo: use regular white vinegar and sub arrowroot powder for cornstarch

Source: I Love Trader Joe's Cookbook


Posted on February 06, 2013

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  1. 02/06/2013 at 7:22 am

    Julie. this chicken looks crazy good, girl! I’m not normally a fan, but we still cook it about twice a week… definitely shaking things up with this recipe!

    • MommaD
      01/26/2014 at 12:38 pm

      My daughter begs me to make this. She is addicted to the sauce and doesn’t even like mustard. Thanks for a great recipe and good directions.

      • 01/26/2014 at 5:51 pm

        I love that your daughter begs you to make this! The sauce is my favorite too! :) so addictive!

  2. 02/06/2013 at 8:15 am

    Ok, this will go on my must-make list immediately! I promise! Thanks :)

  3. 02/06/2013 at 8:34 am

    This looks great– what a great combo of ingredients!

  4. 02/06/2013 at 8:36 am

    Julie, anything named “Holy Yum” from you is surely nothing short of spectacular! I just impulse bought approximately 1-million pounds of chicken because it was on sale, so I need all of the ideas I can get. This one goes to the top of the list!

  5. 02/06/2013 at 8:40 am

    Ok you convinced me! I have almost all the ingredients in the kitchen so I’ll have to stock up and try this out. It looks amazing!

  6. 02/06/2013 at 8:51 am

    Love this! I have everything in my pantry now. Well, not the chicken..that’s in the fridge. Whatever.
    Making tonight :)

  7. 02/06/2013 at 8:58 am

    Oh my this sounds so good. I have chicken in the fridge right now… maybe I’ll make this for dinner tonight! :)

  8. MandyE
    02/06/2013 at 9:21 am

    I have made this recipe several times (from another site). Just wanted to second that it’s delicious! (And your pictures are better…HA!)

  9. 02/06/2013 at 9:21 am

    Holy yum indeed. You don’t have to beg me I saved this recipe so I can make it!

  10. 02/06/2013 at 9:26 am

    You had me a dijon. This does sound amazing!

  11. mindy
    02/06/2013 at 9:36 am

    I have seen this before with red wine vinegar, does it matter? looks great!

    • 02/06/2013 at 9:37 am

      No, that should be fine.

      • Rabia K
        01/16/2014 at 3:06 pm

        What’s a good substitute for red wine vinegar because I can’t use wine for religious purposes.

      • 01/17/2014 at 7:39 am

        You can just use plain white vinegar.

  12. Xanne
    02/06/2013 at 9:45 am

    This looks (and sounds!) wonderful!. I wonder if you think it would be even better – or not as good – if I added some fresh sliced mushrooms? I just love mushrooms, especially with chicken, and make something similar, but without the maple syrup.

    • 02/06/2013 at 9:52 am

      You could definitely add sliced mushrooms to this, but if you omit the maple syrup, you’re pretty much omitting one of the main ingredients so your entire dish would just be Dijon mustard..I don’t suggest it.

      • Cathy
        09/03/2014 at 11:03 am

        What about using honey for the maple syrup? We’ve got bees so we always have honey.

      • Julie
        09/04/2014 at 9:35 am

        Hi Cathy, I would think it’d be fine but it’d alter the taste a little to be more of a honey-mustard than a maple-mustard. You can definitely try it but I can’t guarantee the results since this holy yum chicken’s results are based solely on using maple syrup.

  13. 02/06/2013 at 9:49 am

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe since you posted the picture on Instagram! looks sooo easy and delicious… can’t wait to try it!

  14. 02/06/2013 at 9:50 am

    You’ve convinced me! I will be making this! :) But you didn’t have to actually write anything. . the photos say it all.

  15. 02/06/2013 at 9:51 am

    I am all over this! I love how that sauce sounds alreaddy!

  16. 02/06/2013 at 10:09 am

    OK. That was so impassioned a plea that I will totally make it this week :) I will report back!

  17. 02/06/2013 at 10:13 am

    I’ve made this chicken before—you’re right, holy yum!!

  18. 02/06/2013 at 10:18 am

    3 times in ONE week? That is serious business. Guess I need to add it to the menu soon! Unfortunately I cannot make it immediately since my lab work has been requiring 12+ hour days.

  19. Xanne
    02/06/2013 at 10:21 am

    I have figured the nutrition information, for those of us who need that info:
    ( Per serving, without added salt)

    Calories: 234; carbs: 31; fat: 4; Protein: 31; sugar 54; sodium: 1562.

  20. 02/06/2013 at 10:28 am

    this recipe sounds crazy simple and heavily delicious. I have all the ingredients with me as we speak and will be making it soon. Thanks for sharing :)

  21. 02/06/2013 at 10:32 am

    Yes Ma’Am! Will make this next week. When Julie gives orders, you take them!

  22. Jill
    02/06/2013 at 10:35 am

    Okay, dumb questions! Zaycon chicken breasts instead of thighs?

    • 02/06/2013 at 10:41 am

      Yes, but I highly recommend thighs as they won’t dry out as much as chicken breasts would.

  23. 02/06/2013 at 10:36 am

    Sometimes simple recipes are the best, aren’t they?! I love the combination of the mustard and maple syrup going on here, sounds amazing!!

  24. Allison Krzastek
    02/06/2013 at 10:36 am

    You just solved my “what can I eat for dinner that doesn’t involve going to the grocery store” conundrum! Can’t wait to try that sauce!

  25. 02/06/2013 at 11:00 am

    I have been making (and making, and making) a very similar recipe that is made on the stove. I will definitely give this oven version a try! Thanks.

  26. Jasmine
    02/06/2013 at 11:03 am

    Are you sure this is for two servings?
    I’m putting this into my Weight Watchers recipe builder and the points for 1.5 lbs and 2 servings is 24 and 1.5 lbs and 4 servings is 12.

    • 02/06/2013 at 11:07 am

      I made this dish, as is, and it served me and my fiance. Maybe we eat more than the typical couple, so if you wanted to adjust it, then I’d say it’s 3 servings.

  27. 02/06/2013 at 11:06 am

    We’re pretty addicted to this chicken too. I mean, how could you not be?

  28. 02/06/2013 at 11:18 am

    Oh girl, I’ve got a similar recipe, and you are right, it is HOLY YUM!

  29. 02/06/2013 at 11:24 am

    I love dijon sauce of any sort with chicken – such a great combo!

  30. 02/06/2013 at 11:34 am

    Julie, this looks to die for amazing! I NEED to make this!

  31. 02/06/2013 at 11:47 am

    Gorgeous and delish!!!

  32. 02/06/2013 at 11:51 am

    Holy yum for real! I wanna make this tonight!

  33. 02/06/2013 at 12:02 pm

    wow does this chicken LOOK DELICIOUS!!!! I’ve got to try this!

  34. 02/06/2013 at 12:08 pm

    If I had maple syrup, I would be making this for dinner tonight!

  35. 02/06/2013 at 12:21 pm

    GAH! I needed this recipe yesterday!! I had all of these blah chicken breasts that I had no clue what to do with. Fear not, I am going back to the store simply to make this recipe. Damn, it looks good!

  36. 02/06/2013 at 12:21 pm

    Definitely adding this to my “to make” list immediately! I wish we had screens where we could dip our finger in and taste too, think I’d get fat though I’d be tasting things all day!

  37. 02/06/2013 at 12:41 pm

    I love the name! Sounds so fitting!!! Ok, I really need to get out and get… pretty much every ingredient on that list, BUT I shall do it for you! I trust you and I WILL make this soon!!! Looks very much holy yum! ;)

  38. 02/06/2013 at 12:42 pm

    Holy Yum I am SO making this!

  39. 02/06/2013 at 12:46 pm

    I love the name of this, lol. Saving, pinning this and def making this weekend! :)

  40. 02/06/2013 at 12:48 pm

    I saw this on Pinterest this morning – just got back from Publix with the goods. I’m making it tonight for dinner!

  41. 02/06/2013 at 12:58 pm

    Sure, i’ll have some of this TOTAL yum chicken!

  42. 02/06/2013 at 1:00 pm

    Great weeknight meal!

  43. 02/06/2013 at 1:22 pm

    Oh this really does sound delicious – like it’s absolutely packed with flavour!

  44. Courtney Mac
    02/06/2013 at 1:32 pm

    I tried this recipe off of pinterest, the “best chicken you’ll ever eat”…and frankly, it was nasty. Seem to be a few variations though; they didn’t specify maple syrup or rice wine vinegar…wonder if that makes the difference?

    • 02/06/2013 at 1:38 pm

      It might be a completely different recipe you’re talking about if it didn’t specify maple syrup or rice wine vinegar, as those are 2 of the 3 main ingredients to this dish. Definitely will make a difference. I’d try it for yourself!

    • Mary
      11/05/2013 at 8:09 pm

      Sorry to say I agree. The chicken was overcooked even though I took it out after 30 minutes and it was way too sweet and I have a sweet tooth so I usually like sweet things that way. Wish I hadn’t wasted my Maple Syrup :(

      • 11/06/2013 at 10:52 am

        Sorry yours didn’t turn out, Mary! Maybe I can help you troubleshoot what went wrong?

      • Mary
        11/06/2013 at 1:35 pm

        Well thanks for asking – I felt really bad after I commented when I read about all the nasty stuff you have been through with Pinterest etc. I’m surprised you didn’t shut off the comments after that. How on earth do you have time to answer all these questions and get your cooking done?

        I think next time I just need to check on it more often because my chicken thighs were on the small side so they probably cooked too fast. I also think ovens can vary a little in temperature so that can be a problem too. If I were a more experienced cook I could probably rely on my own instincts but I usually try to stick to the recipe. I’m also bad about tasting things before they’re cooked so if I try it again I’ll just have to ‘suck it up’ and try the sauce before adding it so I can adjust the sweetness.

    • Diane
      06/17/2014 at 10:43 pm

      … and we thought it was just us :) I tried this recipe last year and hubby and I have made it the brunt of many inside jokes ever since. Truth is, we love mustard. We love rosemary. We truly enjoy all the ingredients in this dish, but something just seems off and we did not enjoy it. I’m compelled to try it again because I just can’t believe so many have made this and love it. We found the sauce to be quite gritty so I’m thinking about subbing in some gluten free flour for the cornstarch, being sure to dissolve it in a little bit of warm chicken broth/water. I would also use less maple syrup as we found it WAY too sweet for our liking. I guess everyone’s taste buds are different.

      • Julie
        06/18/2014 at 8:31 am

        Aw bummer! Well, hopefully you try again and find the perfect concoction for you and your husband!

  45. 02/06/2013 at 1:52 pm

    This looks awesome! We bought 6 pounds of chicken breat at costco two weeks ago and I was wondering what I was going to do with it! I love cooking with Rosemary.

  46. Shari
    02/06/2013 at 2:36 pm

    I have also made this 2 times in a week. It is sooooooo good, you won’t believe it. Infact, I am going to make it tonight! This is the beast chicken ever!!!!!

  47. 02/06/2013 at 2:41 pm

    The name, the description, the ingredient list, the pictures, everything has convinced I must make this chicken! I’m just bummed that I already marinated the chicken thighs I had in my fridge!

  48. 02/06/2013 at 4:50 pm

    Holy yum is right! I would so love this

  49. 02/06/2013 at 5:32 pm

    This definitely is holy yummmIwantthisinmymouthrightnow chicken!

  50. 02/06/2013 at 5:32 pm

    Whaaatt??? This looks FABULOUS! I wish I had all the ingredients right now for dinner tonight, but that’s why I’m running to the store instead! And, yep, totally tried to poke my finger through to lick up that sauce!

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