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This delicious chicken marinade is a simple recipe that creates a fragrant sauce and tender chicken every time. It’s a staple to an easy weeknight dinner we all need.

overnight chicken breasts with mashed potatoes and green beans on white plate with gray napkin and fork

This delicious chicken marinade recipe is great because you can start it the day before and then, when dinner rolls around the next day, you put the chicken in the oven. Sometimes I serve it with steamed green beans, baked rice, or a baked potato. But it goes well sliced over a salad with some delicious crusty bread.

This chicken is my favorite combination of sweet and savory. The marinade becomes a sauce and the chicken is incredibly tender. The flavors are unbeatable and it makes for such an easy dinner, perfect for a midweek night. Really, you need to make this.

What Makes This Overnight Chicken Recipe So Good?

I love to make this recipe for my family because:

  • It requires 5 minutes of prep and minimal cleanup.
  • Marinating the chicken overnight makes it a set-it-and-forget-it recipe.
  • All I have to do the next day is turn on the oven and prep a green veggie for a complete, well-balanced meal.
  • The curry powder adds a flavorful and aromatic warmth (without being spicy).
  • This is an incredibly versatile recipe. It goes with just about anything, be it roasted vegetables, rice, potatoes, or salad!

Ingredients //

All it takes is four ingredients for the marinade (which you probably already have on hand) and the chicken.

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 4 chicken breasts
chicken breasts in ceramic dish, honey, soy sauce, curry powder, dijon mustard in bowls

How to Make a Delicious Chicken Marinade // The Steps

Step 1: Prepare the marinade. Mix together the honey, mustard, soy sauce, and curry powder.

marinade in glass bowl with pink spatula, chicken breasts in plastic bag

Step 2: Put the chicken and marinade in a plastic bag or glass container, ensuring the meat is fully saturated, and marinate overnight.

marinating chicken breasts in plastic bag

Step 3: The next day, put the chicken and the marinade in a pan and bake in a 350° F oven for 45 minutes, covered with tin foil.

chicken breasts in sweet and savory sauce in white baking dish

Step 4: Uncover the chicken and baste. Cook another 15 minutes. When finished, slice and top with some of the remaining sauce.

sliced chicken with sauce with mashed potatoes and green beans on white plate with gray napkin and fork

How Long Can You Marinate Chicken?

The timeframe for marinating chicken depends on the ingredients in the marinade. The trick is to refrain from using vinegar or acid in the marinade to keep the meat from breaking down. (If an acidic ingredient is present, such as vinegar, citrus juice, or yogurt, the maximum marination time is 2 hours).

When marinating your chicken with this recipe, don’t exceed the 24-hour mark, as this is when the chicken will begin to break down.

FAQs //

What is in curry powder?

Curry powder is usually a mixture of chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground ginger, pepper, and turmeric (which gives it that golden hue). It can be bought in mild, medium, or hot strengths, but my family prefers mild. Ingredient and flavor combinations will vary by brand.

Can I use a different cut of chicken?

Four large or six small chicken breasts provide just the right amount of meat for an equal meat-to-marinade ratio. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs would be a wonderful alternative. I would use 8-10 small thighs for this recipe.

Could I add other ingredients to this marinade?

Absolutely, you can incorporate any flavors you like into this marinade. You could substitute the soy sauce for Worcestershire, the curry powder for Italian seasoning, or make a barbecue sauce-based marinade. Just remember that adding acids will shorten your marinading time.

overnight chicken breasts with mashed potatoes and green beans on white plate with gray napkin and fork

How to Store Delicious Chicken Marinade //

Once cooked, any leftover chicken and marinade can be kept in the refrigerator for 4 days, or the freezer for 3 months. Just be sure to let everything cool down before sealing it in an airtight container. When reheating, let your chicken come to room temperature before placing it back in the oven at 350° F for 10-15 minutes (or until heated through). You could also heat it in the microwave or on the stove.

sweet and savory chicken breast with mashed potatoes and green beans on white plate with gray napkin and fork

Delicious Chicken Marinade

bakedbree
This delicious chicken marinade is a simple recipe that creates a fragrant sauce and tender chicken every time. It's a staple to an easy weeknight dinner we all need.
4.30 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 5 minutes
Course chicken
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 353 kcal

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the honey, mustard, soy sauce, and curry powder.
  • Put the chicken and marinade in a plastic bag or glass container, ensuring the meat is fully saturated, and marinate overnight.
  • The next day, put the chicken and the marinade in a pan and bake in a 350° F oven for 45 minutes covered with tin foil.
  • Uncover the chicken and baste. Cook another 15 minutes.
  • Slice and top with some of the remaining sauce.

Notes

The final 15 minutes of baking the chicken uncovered to allow the sugars to caramelize and the sauce to thicken. Make sure you don't skip it!

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 353kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 40gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 1505mgFiber: 2gSugar: 35g
Keyword chicken marinade, honey mustard sauce, marinade, marinated chicken
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Recipe Rating




Walter O’Dwyer

Sunday 3rd of July 2022

I learned so much from your recipe from the use of ingredients for overnight to 1 or less than 3 hrs. The use of Balsamic and other items that I usually use have changed because of you! On your recommendation I’LL bake the Chicken this time,but could you Bar-b-Cue the chicken? I’m more of a bar b que Person…. Thanks, I’ll let you know how it turned out. Walt

BakedBree

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Hi Walt, yes barbecue should work for this. I agree sometimes barbecue give fantastic flavors! Let me know how it goes.

Kathy

Friday 4th of June 2021

Way too sweet. I’d half the soy and the honey.

Kelli

Sunday 13th of September 2020

This has been a favorite at our house since the original post. This will always be a regular chicken meal! It helps that I’m a Kelli, too!

Bree Hester

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

This makes me so happy, it's a favorite here too. :)

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Kelsey

Saturday 18th of February 2017

Could i do this in a slow cooker ? If i can how long should i cook it for?

bakedbree

Friday 24th of February 2017

You can try, but I've never done it. I'd try 2-3 hours on high.