Kelly’s Overnight Chicken

kellys overnight chicken recipeWhen I lived and went to school in Charleston I spent many days and nights with the Richey family. I watched their children while I was in college and even in my first years of teaching. They took me in and became my surrogate family. I was so lucky (and still am) to have them in my life. The kids were babies when I started caring for them, and now they can drive and have boyfriends. I spent some time with them this spring and I have to say, that it was bizarre to see them grown up. But, even with all the time that had passed, it was like I saw them the day before. Nothing had changed really, and they were even warmer and more wonderful than I remembered.

One of the other reasons that I loved (and still do) spending time at their house was that Kelly is an amazing cook. When I was visiting, I went through her recipes and picked out a few, and this is now a staple at our house. This chicken recipe is great because you need to start it the day before, hence the name Kelly’s Overnight Chicken, so when I making dinner the night before, I throw this together. Then when dinner rolls around the next day, you put the chicken in the oven and throw some green beens in the steamer, maybe a salad, and dinner is ready. This chicken is my favorite combination of sweet and savory. The marinade becomes a sauce and the chicken is incredibly tender. Really, you need to make this.

kellys overnight chicken recipe1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon curry powder
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
4 chicken breasts

kellys overnight chicken recipeMix together the honey, mustard, soy sauce, and curry powder.

kellys overnight chicken recipeThis is so easy, it is ridiculous.

kellys overnight chicken recipePut the chicken and marinade in a plastic bag or glass container and marinate overnight.

kellys overnight chicken recipeThe next day, put the chicken and the marinade in a pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour covered with tin foil.

kellys overnight chicken recipeUncover the chicken and baste. Cook another 15 minutes.

kellys overnight chicken recipeSlice and top with some of the remaining sauce.

kellys overnight chicken recipe

Kelly’s Overnight Chicken

Kelly’s Overnight Chicken

Yield: serves 4

Kelly's Overnight Chicken - a family favorite and so simple. Mix 4 ingredients together in a plastic bag, let the chicken sit in it overnight and then pour it into a baking dish and bake. That simple. So flavroful and easy. You need recipes like these.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. Mix together the honey, mustard, soy sauce, and curry powder.
  2. Put the chicken and marinade in a plastic bag or glass container and marinate overnight.
  3. The next day, put the chicken and the marinade in a pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour covered with tin foil.
  4. Uncover the chicken and baste. Cook another 15 minutes.
  5. Slice and top with some of the remaining sauce.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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133 Comments

  • That looks absolutely delicious. I will make that one of these days, yumm!

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  • Are you using bone-in or boneless breasts? I can’t quite tell by the pictures.
    If I used boneless I might want to cut back on the cooking time, correct?
    This looks wonderful and can’t wait to try it.
    Thank you.

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    • I used boneless and yes, I was thrown off by the cooking time as well. Adapt the time to the size of your chicken.

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  • I can’t wait to try this! Feels like I’m always looking for new chicken recipes.

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  • Wow, that’s easy! I needed a chicken dish for tomorrow night and had all the ingredients so I made it while making dinner tonight. Can’t wait to have it tomorrow. Thanks!

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  • That looks so easy and delicious! I’m not a huge fan of Dijon, though, so how strong is that flavour element?

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      • Thanks for that, wholegrain was exactly what I was considering using. I think I’ll try this recipe during the week 🙂

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  • Can’t wait to try this. I am so tired of plain old chicken this will be a good change!

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  • My chicken is marinating as we speak! Cannot wait to have this tomorrow night! Again Bree….thank you!

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  • I’m glad I’m not the only one surprised by the cooking time! But it sounds so simple and easy I have to try it out!

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    • check it, but that is what it says in the recipe. I did cook it for a long time and it was juicy and tender. Almost fell apart.

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  • Just had this tonight, was pretty tasty 🙂 By the way, your site seems to be having random database connection issues for the last 24 hours.

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  • We just had this for dinner. Tasty & easy…what more can you ask for?! Thank you once again!

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  • This looks yum and easy. My fav combination! Usually dont make chicken breasts but I think these will not dry out…..

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  • I made this lastnight and we LOVED it! I love the short list of ingredients and how easy it is to whip together. The only change I made was to take the wonderful sauce and thicken it up in a pan..Soooo good. Thank you for a keeper of a recipe!!!

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  • We are making this for the second time because we loved it so much!! Seriously, if I had an unlimited supply of chicken, I would be eating this every single day! Thanks for a great recipe!
    (found you through foodgawker)

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  • Hi, I am new to following your blog and I just love it. I don’t leave comments often, but i had this chicken tonight and my family LOVED LOVED LOVED it, but the best part?? This was one of the EASIEST meals i’ve done in ages. Thank you for the great recipe, I’m going to lots more! :>

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  • I just found your site last week and picked this recipe because it was simple enough for my husband to make on a day when I had work and school. It was amazing! We served it with caribbean rice and peas and it went together beautifully. Thanks!

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  • This looks and sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    Is there anything that I can substitute for the curry powder? I want to make it this morning, but don’t have any and really want to avoid running to the store. Suggestions, anyone? Thanks!

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    • Maybe a mustard powder and some garlic powder? Anything would work, but I think that the curry makes this recipe.

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  • This is marinating as we speak! I am so excited to have it for dinner tonight, it’s been on my “to make list” for quite a while. We’re having it with roasted potatoes and green beans. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

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  • I just finished eating this — and licked the plate. And I didn’t even have honey so I substituted some sugar, so I bet the real thing is even better! I’m tempted to run to the store to buy some honey so I can have this for dinner tomorrow…

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  • This recipe is really great 🙂 Tried it marinating the chicken thighs I have in the ref yesterday, cooked it for lunch this afternoon and we all loved it, even my little boy. Thanks for the recipe, it is a keeper 🙂

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    • Great! I love this recipe. Glad that it is good on thighs also.

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  • Thank you for sharing this! I’m putting it together now, so we will have it tomorrow night for dinner. Also, the s’mores cookies… AMAZING!!! You’re the best!!

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    • You’re welcome Lisa, I love this chicken. So easy and so good!

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  • I’m new to your site but so far you have been 2 for 2 on delicious recipes! This was incredibly easy and yummy. I also loved the rocky road bars. I’m wondering though, if I make them again do you think melting regular marshmellows will work or is the marshmellow fluff required?
    P.S. I love how you illustrate everything with the beautiful photos!

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    • I am so glad Jessica. I think that you could just add handfuls of mini marshmallows. It just will not be as gooey.

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  • Made this tonight and it was a big hit! The boyfriend could not really taste the curry and raved about how the flavors were great! This is definitely a keeper. Thank you for introducing this recipe! 🙂

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  • I had made this recipe for years, but then forgot about it. I found it originally, about 40 years ago in a recipe book called “Make it Now, Bake it Later.” There was a series of them. I will be making it soon again! It is wonderful.

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    • I didn’t know that this was such an old recipe. Glad that you rediscovered it.

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  • I wonder if you could cook this in the slow-cooker. Has anybody tried that?

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  • Thank you so much for your fun recipe. I can’t wait to try it. I linked your recipe to my blog for my first time ever posting a Menu Plan Monday. Thank you!

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  • I can’t wait to try out this chicken recipe! It seems like it would be so flavorful with minimal effort! I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!

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  • I’m pulling this out of the oven right now, and I’m not sure why but my sauce seems to have separated. Rather than being a consistent color and texture, it is somewhat chunky as if the mustard & honey separated from the soy sauce. Any ideas where I went wrong?

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    • No, I bet though that if you just whisk it a little, it will all come back together.

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    • It looks like I just steamed them. I probably squeezed some lemon on them too.

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  • My husband and I had this recipe for dinner tonight, it was AWESOME. We will be making it often, thank you so much for sharing.

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    • I am so glad Nikita! I love this recipe. So easy and really delicious.

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  • I’ve been eyeing this recipe for awhile. Got it marinating in the fridge! Gonna be an easy dinner tomorrow after a day of work.

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    • I hope that you like it Michele! I make it a lot for that reason.

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  • I’ve had this recipe pinned for a while now but I finally got round to cooking it the other night & it was divine, so much flavor & the extra sauce was yummy on my mashed potatoes to, definitely going into the dinner rotation! Thanks 🙂

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  • I’ve had this pinned for ages & finally made it the other night, SOOOO YUMMY & so easy, am just writing it into my recipe book of faces right now, thanks heaps 🙂

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    • I am so glad that you like it so much Vicki. We love it too.

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  • I’m really digging the flavors that this could bring to chicken. I’d like to try it on some wings for Memorial day. How would you go about it?

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  • I was searching for something easy to throw together for dinner tonight and came across this recipe. I didn’t have overnight, so I let it marinade for a couple hours. I threw in some peeled and chunked potatoes, onion wedges, and carrots and WOW. It was delicious. I was worried it would be a bit too sweet with my hubby, he’s not crazy about sweet sauces with meat, but he loved it. My 4 yr. old and 1 yr. old gobbled it up too! Thanks for the quick and easy recipe; I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog!

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    • This makes me happy! So glad that your whole family enjoyed it. And welcome! I hope that you will come back soon.

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  • Have you tried using this on the grill instead of baking in the oven? I love the flavors!

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    • No, but I bet it would be great. Just be careful, there is a lot of sugar so cook over low heat.

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  • Oh my gosh, I made this recipe years ago and forgot all about it! I’m definitely making it for dinner tomorrow night. By the way I love your blog…I found you on pinterest.

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  • I am in a freezer meals group and was wondering if you have tried freezing the chicken in the marinade to pull out of the freezer and use at another time. Thoughts? 🙂

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    • I have not tried it, but I do not see why that would not work. In fact, I think that it would be great.

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  • tried this recipe a few days ago, it was great! thanks for sharing. (:

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  • Found this, looking for anothr recipe and I am sooooo trying this. I’ve already added a few of your recipes to my favorites already. I love your pics….lol

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  • I have made this recipe over a dozen times since a friend shared your link with me and its always a hit! It’s now my go- to easy dinner. The sauce is so fantastic, my hubs and I lick our plates 🙂

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  • I came across this recipe today. Let’s just say I just put the chicken in the fridge to marinate overnight. 🙂

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  • This would be my second time making the chicken. For some reason I cannot make the “gravy” to thicken out. Can anybody suggest something? Please

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    • I think that it is more sauce then gravy, so it isn’t really thick.

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  • Made this tonight and my family devoured it – thank you! I’m looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow 🙂

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    • I am so glad! I love this recipe, so easy and everyone loves it. 🙂

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  • Nevermind! I just read through your older comments and found my answer! 🙂

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  • what’s a good sub. for the curry powder if one is not a fan of curry?

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    • You could go the opposite direction and do some rosemary or thyme. Totally different, but would be great.

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  • I’m trying this out tonight, just put the marinated chicken in the fridge, I feel like it’s too sweet for the time being (this is on 1/4 cup honey), let’s see how it goes tmr! Thanks for this!

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  • I’ve made this recipe a half a dozen times. It’s so easy and turns out great every single time. Now, it’s my go-to during a busy week.

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    • So good to hear! I love this recipe too. Everyone likes it and it is so easy.

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  • I made this for the first time manhole the flavor was good, the chicken was super dry. I followed the recipe exactly. Try decreasing the baking time?

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    • Yes, it can vary depending on how thick your chicken is. I’ll edit the recipe to note the cooking time.

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      • Yeah mine came out dry as well. I’m just going to do the hour thing without sticking it in for 15 min. But the sauce was fantastic! I’m definately doing it again.

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        • I’m sorry, just don’t cook it for as long next time. I’m going to update the recipe.

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  • Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! this was absolutely delicious!!! I followed the directions to a “T”…. I let the chicken marinate overnight then when I got home the next day transferred everything to a baking dish and voila! I served it with green beans and parm garlic shells! I will be sliding this in my weekly rotation for sure! Thanks once again!

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  • Is there any reason not to marinade the chicken in the pan you are going to bake it in, especially since the sauce is going in the oven, too? I think as long as you let the dish come closer to room temp before putting it in the oven, it should be fine, right?

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    • My guess is that it might be a food safety issue? I’m not sure though. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

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  • I have honestly looked up recipes all over the place and read comments talking about how AWESOME a recipe is, only to discover that it’s the same boring bland chicken, only it takes three hours to make. I don’t eat red meat so chicken and fish get old :/ I needed a recipe and that was easy and overnight, and this looked okay, but my expectations weren’t that high (not because of you, but I’ve been let down so many times). I made it in about 5 minutes, skipping the bowl step and putting the ingredients straight into a ziploc and shook. This is the best chicken ever. it’s sweet, savory, delicious, tender, juicy, and a few other adjectives I don’t even know. I will be eating this at least once a week. Too good for words.

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    • I am so glad Sarah, this is a great recipe! I have made it for years and years.

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  • I made this last night and it was so easy and the chicken was so flavorful and moist. My 13 years really enjoyed it. I will be keeping this one. Thanks

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  • I made this with chicken thighs instead of breasts- it came out perfectly with one hour under tin foil and ten minutes extra. really delicious!

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  • I want to make this, but can’t find the orange blossom honey at Target. Do you know if they still carry it? What is it by (I assume the regular honey). What would be a good substitute? I keep coming across this in my boards, but have given up finding the honey. I’d really like to try it.

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    • Use whatever kind of honey you have. I just happened to have that one when I made it, but I used all different kinds.

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  • Hi,

    You mention using the leftover sauce…but isn’t there a risk using the sauce the uncooked chicken was marinating in or maybe I’m misreading a step?

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    • The sauce cooks with the chicken and you spoon it over. You shouldn’t have any uncooked sauce.

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  • Substituted the curry for a little bit of cumin instead, but still turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  • Bree ~ Luckily our husbands were in the Casa transition together and I learned about your blog. I’ve been reading for a while… LOVE it! Husband is deployed and I have this marinating for easy chicken dinner tomorrow night. Thanks so much! I know it will be delicious!

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    • What a small world! I love this chicken and make it all the time, hope you enjoy!

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