Everyone need a simple chicken recipe in their arsenal that fulfills three requirements: easy, few ingredients, and SUPER tasty. I’ve been making this Simple Lemon and Dijon Mustard Chicken for years now; it’s my go-to when I want to have a healthy, homemade dinner that’s comforting and delicious, but I don’t have much in my fridge.
In fact, aside from the chicken itself and salt and pepper, the only ingredients you need to make this recipe are dijon mustard, lemons, and butter. THAT’S IT.
No, seriously. That’s it.
After making my share of chicken breasts over the last 10 years or so (my post-college meal of choice next to Americanos with half and half), I’ve learned a few things about cooking chicken based on trial and error. And let me just take a moment to say, bone-dry chicken is the absolute WORST. May the chicken I made in 2009 rest in peace.
So here’s the basic process:
Always start your chicken in a sizzling dutch oven (or skillet), and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes. You’ll see some rawness still, but don’t let that scare you. For this Lemon and Dijon Mustard Chicken, you’ll want to rub the mustard, salt and pepper on it first and then sear it pretty thoroughly.
After you sear it, add your lemon juice to the chicken, lower heat to Low-Medium and cover. That lemon juice will act as a liquid that will help get your chicken moist while it’s cooking slowly over the low heat. Covering your chicken while it cooks and adding a liquid (like lemon or chicken stock) is KEY to getting a juicy piece of chicken. This process should be about 15 minutes, but remember kids, stovetop temperatures are not universal. Use your best judgment here if it seems too short or too long for your particular stovetop. Make this recipe YOURS.
Finally, I recommend serving this with a good vegetable that holds up to sauce, like the green beans I used here. Add some lightly sautéed veggies to the leftover pan sauce (once you’ve taken your chicken out and let it rest) and cook them in that deliciousness for a couple of minutes for a nice and easy addition to your plate. You’re welcome.