Honey Mustard Pale Ale Chicken

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Today’s recipe is for beer lovers… > Honey Mustard Pale Ale Chicken

Honey Mustard Pale Ale Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

My friend Jackie Dodd is the amazing recipe creator behind a blog called, “The Beeroness.”  You can probably guess what it’s all about, but I’ll tell you anyways… she writes about her recipe creations using craft beer.  All of the recipes on the site- from beverages to desserts to main dishes and appetizers… contain craft beer as a star ingredient.  What a fun blog, right?

Well, she’s so good at it that she nabbed a cookbook contract and wrote a book called, “The Craft Beer Cookbook.”  This recipe comes from Jackie’s new book.  It’s a simple chicken cooked in a mustard-beer sauce.  When I told my husband what I was making for dinner, he was REALLY excited.  I can only imagine how excited Jackie’s husband is to have her around… cooking with beer all the time!

Honey Mustard Pale Ale Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

Jackie’s recipe utilizes chicken thighs.  Normally I love to use chicken thighs in a recipe, but I don’t buy them unless I can get them somewhere where they are good quality and not so laden with fatty pieces.  I wasn’t able to use thighs in this recipe, so I opted for chicken breasts instead.  I cut them horizontally into thin pieces so they’d all be about the same size.   The chicken is seared in a small amount of butter…

Honey Mustard Pale Ale Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

… on both sides.

Honey Mustard Pale Ale Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

The mustard beer sauce is whisked together and then poured on top of the chicken.  Then you just put the chicken, pan and all into the oven to finish it off.

Honey Mustard Pale Ale Chicken recipe from RecipeGirl.com

Serve it over rice with a little sauce drizzled over, add a vegetable, and serve with a beer if you’d like!  Just for the record, I’m not really a “beer person.”  I’m more of a wine person, and I will drink an occasional light beer on a very hot and sweltering day.

I did really enjoy this dish though- the beer and the mustard combine to make a nice flavored sauce.  And my beer-loving husband, of course, thought it was the best thing ever. 🙂

Honey Mustard Pale Ale Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup pale ale
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts)
  • salt and pepper
  • rice, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add the mustard, honey, beer, cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, garlic and lemon juice to bowl. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Melt the butter in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper on all sides. Sear chicken on both sides until browned.
  4. Pour mustard sauce over the chicken and bake until the chicken is cooked through (22 to 25 minutes).
  5. Plate chicken over rice, if desired. Spoon desired amount of sauce over chicken.
  • Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:  7 per serving (no rice)
  • Choosing the right beer: Look for a medium-hopped, citrusy American pale ale to find the right balance with the strong mustard notes in this recipe.
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com (adapted slightly from The Craft Beer Cookbook)

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  • Lucy wrote:

    Thanks for turning me on to the beer blog–my son will love it! Putting it on his Christmas list right now. And putting this chicken on my must-try list.

  • tammy wrote:

    We used pecan nut ale, this is a great recipe. My 8 year old absolutely LOVED it!

  • Joel A. wrote:

    I would love to try this recipe. The sauce looks really delicious with this chicken.

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog wrote:

    Lori, that sauce sounds divine. I love that you paired the chicken with rice so it can be used as a vehicle for that delicious sauce. Yum! Pinned.

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. wrote:

    The sauce looks and sounds amazing!

  • Tieghan wrote:

    Huge congrats to Jackie!! I love love her and am so excited about her new book! This meal looks delicious. So my thing!

  • Paula – bell’alimento wrote:

    This chicken dish sounds amazing! I look forward to checking out Jackie’s new cookbook!

  • Charmaine (The Party DIY) wrote:

    I’m always looking for new and unique chicken dishes to make around my kitchen and this one looks amazing! Pinning images as I type away.

  • cheri wrote:

    My husband would love this for sure. Thanks for sharing. Looks great!

  • Alice Walters wrote:

    Could I add wine and not beer?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I haven’t tried this recipe with wine.

  • Sammi Sunshine wrote:

    Jackie is one of my favorites! Honey mustard mixed with pale ale sounds like a match made in heaven.

  • Amy wrote:

    Hey, sorry to be so nit-picky, but you left out how much cornstarch we’re adding to the sauce…

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      ugh- thank you– just added that in!

  • Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet wrote:

    This dish looks fantastic! Can’t wait to get Jackie’s cookbook!

  • Amanda wrote:

    What a meal that looks like! I would love to try this 🙂

  • Jackie @ The Beeroness wrote:

    Thank you so much Lori! I’m honor to call you a friend 🙂
    And I’m so glad your hubs like it!

  • Debbie Derry wrote:

    I have got to try this. It looks delicious and the recipe got an eyebrow raise from my hubby.

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • DessertForTwo wrote:

    Oh so delicious! I’m such a Jackie fan! I can’t wait to dig into her book!

  • Erin | The Law Student’s Wife wrote:

    Honey mustard and pale ale! Lori, you are speaking my language 🙂

  • Stephanie @ PlainChicken wrote:

    I have a couple of chicken & beer recipes saved. This one looks like a real winner. Going to try it this weekend. It looks delicious!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven wrote:

    This sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to check out Jackie’s new cookbook! 🙂