Easy Chicken Recipes:
Honey Curry Baked Chicken

Here is one of my very favorite easy chicken recipes for dinner. This was one of the first things I learned to make, way back in university when I didn't know how to cook at all.

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I found this recipe in the church cookbook that my mom gave me when I left home. I was attracted by its short list of ingredients, and hooked by its speed of preparation and delicious taste. I especially liked the fact that it uses only one dish - there's almost nothing to wash!

This has become a favorite recipe of everyone in my family - but we don't eat it often. It has too much butter to be called a really "healthy meal". I'm including it here anyway for sentimental reasons! You could use olive oil instead of butter to make it a bit healthier. Either way, don't eat this one every day; save it for a special treat.

Since my husband is allergic to mustard, I just leave the mustard out. The chicken tastes great anyway!

I like to serve this chicken dish with rice, spooning the sauce over the rice. My younger son prefers white rice, but I'm always trying to get him to eat healthier brown rice. With this meal, he'll happily eat the brown rice because it is so well disguised and flavored by the tasty sauce!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • liquid honey
    • curry powder

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • butter
    • prepared mustard
    • skinless chicken pieces (about 2 lbs/1 kg)

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a baking dish (or dishes), large enough to fit all of the chicken pieces in a single layer

    The recipe

    Preheat oven to 350F/175C.

    2/3 cup/150mL butter, melted

    1 cup/250 mL liquid honey

    1/2 cup/125 mL prepared mustard

    2 Tbsp/30 mL curry powder

    2 lb/1 kg chicken pieces, skinless

    Combine the melted butter, honey, mustard and curry powder in a baking dish.
    Place the chicken pieces in the pan, meaty side down.
    Bake for about an hour, covered, until the meat is no longer pink inside.


    • Use olive oil instead of melted butter.

    • Buy chicken with skin, and remove the skin yourself.

    Ideas for making this easy chicken recipe your own

    • What about trying maple syrup instead of honey - or trying a flavored honey?


    • Put the butter in the baking dish, turn on the oven, and pop the baking dish in the oven. The butter will melt while you get out the other ingredients. Remove the pan from the oven. (It's hot! Be sure to use oven mitts!) Add the rest of the ingredients directly to the baking dish and stir. Then add the chicken.

    • Liquid honey is easiest to measure, but solid honey works fine in this recipe too. Put solid honey in the baking dish with the butter, and let them melt together.

    • Have a look in the oven periodically to make sure that the sauce hasn't boiled away. If the sauce is getting too thick, add a bit of warm water.

    • After you have removed the cooked chicken from the pan, let the pan cool down a bit and immediately put it in the sink. Fill it with hot soapy water. Otherwise, the honey sauce will harden while you are eating and you'll have a difficult clean up job waiting for you!

    If you enjoy this recipe, you may also like these other very easy chicken recipes:

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