Lightly sweetened honey mustard dressing flavors roasted chicken thighs and cauliflower. Sheet-Pan honey mustard chicken is a simple weeknight dinner with bold, zippy flavor!
The real beauty of sheet-pan honey mustard chicken and cauliflower is that it has the potential to please everyone at the table. The zippy honey mustard dressing adds fantastic flavor but is completely optional - adults can pour it on and kids can take a pass and eat plain old chicken if they please.
I also love this recipe because it can be a big chicken dinner or a big vegetable dinner with just a little bit of chicken on the side. The tangy and slightly sweet honey mustard dressing is delicious poured over all sorts of roasted vegetables and salad greens.
When I make this recipe again, I plan to add another sheet pan to roast Brussels sprouts or potatoes or asparagus. I love the honey mustard dressing and leftover shredded chicken over salad too, so don't forget to buy a bag of salad greens for lunch the next day.
The chicken, roasted with a brushing of honey mustard on top, is quite good. But it's the cauliflower that keeps calling me back to dish up seconds and thirds. It comes out crispy and caramelized and never again will I roast cauliflower without also roasting the leaves and stems! I wish I could go back through the decades to gather up all the cauliflower leaves I've thrown out so that I could roast them with olive oil and salt.
Here's How Sheet-Pan Honey Mustard Chicken Comes Together
- Whisk together honey mustard dressing
- Cut up cauliflower and put it on a sheet pan with olive oil and salt
- Add chicken thighs to the sheet-pan
- Roast 45 minutes, basting once with the honey mustard dressing
That's pretty much it. The details are below, but there aren't many details. This is a no-fuss, bang-it-out after work kind of meal.
More Sheet-Pan Chicken Recipes
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Sheet-Pan Honey Mustard Chicken and Cauliflower
Lightly sweetened, tangy and bold honey mustard dressing flavors this whole meal. Adults can pour it on and kids can skip the dressing if they like. In this way, it's a meal that satisfies both mature eaters and less adventurous eaters.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 45
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 4 to 6 1x
- Category: Chicken
- Method: Roasting
- Cuisine: American
- 6 to 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs *see notes about chicken below
- 2 small heads or 1 large head cauliflower
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus a little more for roasting
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons seeded coarse ground Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoons honey (or add more to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh thyme, dill or parsley, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 425 F
- Whisk together olive oil, both types of mustard, apple cider vinegar, honey and salt. I prefer my honey mustard dressing to be heavy on the mustard and light on the honey. You can certainly sweeten the dressing up with more honey if you like.
- Cut cauliflower into small florets. Cut the leaves and stems up too, they’re deliciously edible. Clean the leaves and stems well (dirt tends to gather) then slice into bite-sized pieces.
- On two rimmed sheet pans, toss all cauliflower parts lightly in olive oil - 2 to 3 tablespoons. Spread out evenly on the sheet pans. Set chicken on top, skin side up. Lightly salt the chicken and cauliflower.
- Roast 30 minutes, then baste the chicken with the honey mustard dressing. First, pour ¼ cup of the honey mustard dressing in a small bowl. Use this amount to brush on top of the chicken, then discard any remaining in that bowl to avoid cross contamination.
- Roast another 10 to 15 minutes until chicken and cauliflower are deeply golden and cooked through. (165 F for chicken thighs)
- Serve the chicken and cauliflower with the remaining honey mustard dressing on the side. Garnish with fresh thyme, parsley or dill.
*This recipe can be made with up to 8 chicken thighs. It can also be made with much fewer, depending on how much chicken you want. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs can also be used but they take less time to cook (only about 25 minutes). I'd start roasting the cauliflower first, then add the boneless, skinless chicken thighs to the sheet pans after 15 minutes. You can brush the honey mustard dressing on the boneless chicken thighs right when you put them in the oven.
Go ahead and roast even more vegetables if you like. The honey mustard dressing is also delicious on Brussels sprouts, potatoes and asparagus.
Remember to pour a little bit of the dressing in a separate bowl before brushing it on the chicken, to avoid cross-contamination.
Keywords: chicken, honey mustard dressing, sheet pan meal
I love easy sheet-pan meals and the flavors in this are so good!
In a large bowl, combine carrots, cauliflower and leeks. Season with a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper and half the thyme. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss to combine. Spread vegetables on baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. While vegetables roast, make the honey-mustard sauce. In the same bowl you tossed the vegetables in, combine mustard, honey, remaining olive oil and thyme. Whisk to combine.
This sounds like a delicious vegetarian option for honey mustard dressing!