Crispy Baked Rosemary Dijon Chicken

The amazing flavors of rosemary and Dijon mustard are some of my favorites, and it doesn’t take much to make magic. Plus, they are natural, low-fat ingredients! I was inspired by Ina Garten’s roasted mustard chicken thighs while watching the Food Network. I saw that she had dredged her chicken in Dijon as the binder which I thought was genius! It not only keeps the bread crumbs on but adds great flavor underneath. I use skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs to keep it light. Baking the breasts keeps it super moist too.  It’s one of my husband’s favorite chicken recipes and he says he doesn’t miss the fried version at all, especially with the crispy Panko!


Health tips: Low fat, kid friendly, heart healthy, anti-inflammatory

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (1/2 medium lemon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Panko (course Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 large chicken breast, cut horizontally down the middle into 2 pieces; pounded to about 1/4″ thick


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, salt, pepper, panko and olive oil in a shallow dish until slightly moist.
  3. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Generously spread mustard on both sides (about 1 teaspoon each side depending on size) of the chicken, and then place into the panko bread crumb mixture, pressing gently to make the crumbs adhere to both sides.
  4. Spray a baking rack with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Place the chicken on the baking rack and spray with cooking spray or drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes until cooked through and internal temperature is about 165 degrees F.
  6. Switch the oven to broil (500 degrees F.) and place chicken about 3″ from the fire. Quickly brown the top of the chicken. Watch carefully as this only takes a few minutes!
  7. Immediately serve with your favorite veggies. I enjoyed mine with sauted sweet peppers and chives!



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