Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr, Lindsey Lower
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 thighs and 3 tablespoons sauce)

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan; place in an 11 x 7–inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Bake at 425° for 16 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165°. Remove chicken from dish; reserve drippings.

Step 3

Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add butter; swirl to coat. Add onion and thyme; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Combine 3 tablespoons stock and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture, remaining stock, and reserved drippings to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and add mustard, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, stirring with a whisk. Serve sauce with chicken.

Ratings & Reviews

EllenDeller's Review

April 08, 2013
Liked this very much. Made 1/2 the chicken but 3/4 of the sauce. My changes were to use less fat altogether and to incorporate a dab of bacon fat just for the flavor. I also used 1/4 cup white wine in the total liquid and herbes de provence (about heaping 1/2 tsp) in place of thyme and, as almost always, 50% as much cornstarch instead of flour in sauces, simply mixing it into the liquid and cooking for a minute. I also added some paprika to the sauce to give it a nicer color. Delicious with mashed potatoes and steamed kale.

MD Cook’s Review

December 09, 2017
This is delicious! I used boneless, skinless chicken use that was all Trader Joe’s had. I browned them for the same amount of time as the recipe directed but only roasted them for 10 minutes and they were perfectly done. I also used a heaping teaspoon of mustard per other’s suggestions and I thought it was just the right amount of mustard flavor. I also served with the accompanying recipe for roasted potatoes and green beans along with a brussel sprout Caesar salad. Home run!

reagle's Review

September 14, 2012

Pamelita11's Review

September 23, 2012
This was delicious! Although the mustard flavor wasn't that strong, that was fine by me. I added a little honey to the sauce (recommended in the Cooking Light issue to make it more kid-friendly), and I just about wanted to lick the sauce pan clean! I used dried thyme instead of fresh but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I served it with roasted purple potatoes (which were delicious with the sauce) and a simple salad. I will definitely make this again.

PMBrattn's Review

October 16, 2012
Loved this recipe....however, I made it with boneless center cut pork loin. It was wonderful and will be added to meal rotation. My husband thought it was excellent in flavor and taste

rlammann's Review

September 17, 2012
Overall a good recipe. We used chicken breasts instead of thighs. The mustard flavor with just 1 teaspoon wasn't quite strong enough for us, so we doubled it. We will probably do this one again.

dimabri's Review

September 11, 2013

JenRaj's Review

October 15, 2012
Very tasty! I added more mustard as suggested. I wouldn't make it with thighs again though. Too much fat and cartilage!! I will use boneless breasts. I also did the potatoes and beans from the magazine. They were delicious but a little under cooked.

bramma's Review

September 21, 2012
Very tasty, very easy. My hypercritical spouse had seconds! I served the chicken with the roasted potatoes and beans as suggested, but given the delicious sauce, next time I'll pair it with mashed potatoes and steamed beans, maybe with toasted almonds.

lionjill's Review

September 19, 2012
This got rave reviews in my house-- truly exceptional. We had four thighs left over and about half the gravy, so we put it up for leftovers. Three days later I heated it up for lunch and accidentally left it in a little past "warm"-- it was so good I licked the plate. AMAZING. Will definitely make this a go-to recipe!