Molasses Mustard Chicken is a 30-minute weeknight meal.

Sweet & Spicy Molasses Mustard Chicken a 30-Minute Meal

Molasses Mustard Chicken is an easy, flavourful weeknight meal. The chicken is baked with a tasty rub and the glaze is brushed on near the end of cooking. 

No more boring chicken.

For my kids to really enjoy chicken it needs to be very flavourful. I tend to agree. Seasoned chicken with a sticky glaze is so much better than simply cooking it with a little salt and pepper.

This recipe is especially good for boneless, skinless cuts of chicken.

The spic rub and molasses mustard glaze help to keep the chicken from drying out and they more than compensate for the flavour that you lose when you’re cooking chicken without the bone and skin.

There’s a good chance you’ll have leftover rub and glaze, which is great. Both store well.

Serving suggestion:

  • Serve this chicken alongside steamed green beans and boiled new potatoes or use it as a salad topper for a supper-sized salad.
  • You can also cook this chicken on the barbecue.
  • Planning ahead? Rub the spice on the chicken in the morning and let it sit, covered, in the fridge all day.
  • Make a double batch of the rub and use it on roasted cauliflower, broccoli, fish, pork and more.

Molasses Mustard Chicken Recipe

Adapted from Carl’s Bad Cravings.

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil


  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika (optional but yummy)
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/21 tsp. chipotle chili powder (can substitute regular chili powder)

Molasses Dijon Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice


  1. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and drizzle over the Tbsp. of olive oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Rub Ingredients. Sprinkle over the chicken and rub in a bit.  Place chicken on prepared baking sheet.
  3. Move oven rack to top position and broil chicken for 6 minutes on each side (12 minutes total). (Chicken could be baked instead – 375 F)
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the Molasses Dijon Sauce ingredients.
  5. Remove chicken from oven and brush top sides with sauce; broil 1-2 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Brush individual servings with additional sauce and serve.

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  • September 12, 2018

    Hello Bridget ,
    Hope you enjoyed the Summer too hot for me
    i prefer Fall and all your yummy Fall recipes .
    Going to make your Molasses -Mustard tomorrow .
    Really enjoying your recipes to my growing collection
    which i love .
    Looking forward to more great ones.
    Take care .

  • September 7, 2019


    I’d like to make this with chicken breasts instead of thighs, but worried they might turn out dry. The rub and glaze sound delicious! And easily made low-sodium and low-fat (which I need for health reasons) – I’d bake rather than broil – can you give me any tips on getting good results using chicken breasts? Oven temp and time? or other changes? Thanks!

    • September 24, 2019

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Lynne, To make this recipe with chicken breasts I’d add the rub then brush with the molasses mustard slather, cover and bake. You could uncover it for the final few minutes of baking or broil it for a minute at the end to add a bit of caramelized colour.

  • September 15, 2020


    This recipe is delicious! My husband loves it and I especially love how quick it is. Definitely a repeat recipe in our house

  • April 10, 2021

    Laura Combeer

    Fantastic dish! Its become a staple at house

  • April 10, 2021

    Laura Combeer

    Fantastic dish! Its become a staple at our house

    • April 13, 2021

      Crosby Molasses

      Great to hear Laura. Thanks for your feedback.

  • May 5, 2021

    William Sowl

    Wow. The taste of the glaze for the chicken was a real surprise. Not overly sweet and a great balance in taste between sweet and sour. I thought the Dijon mustard would over power everything but it all blends in perfectly.

    I made sweet potato scones yesterday but I am definitely doing your molasses walnut scones next.

    • May 5, 2021

      Crosby Molasses

      Thank you for your feedback William. We are glad that you enjoyed the Dijon Mustard Chicken recipe. It’s definitely a go to recipe in my household throughout the busy work week. We hope you enjoy our molasses walnut scones as much as you enjoyed the chicken. Take care.

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