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Grilled honey mustard chicken thighs shown on a white speckled plate atop a light blue surface. The chicken is garnished with a drizzled of fresh honey & a small bowl of dijon mustard rests on the plate nestled between the chicken. A wooden honey dipper rests on the side of the plate.

Seriously Simple Honey Mustard Marinade (for Chicken, Pork, Salmon, and more!)

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  • Author: Jess Larson | Plays Well With Butter
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups marinade 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Condiments
  • Method: No-Cook, Grilling & Smoking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Turn the familiar flavors of iconic dipping sauce into a crave-worthy grilling staple with this Honey Mustard Marinade recipe! Ready in 10 minutes with just 6 ingredients, this easy honey mustard marinade is sweet & tangy with the tiniest kick of heat. Use it to infuse chicken or pork with tons of flavor or char up the freshest summer veggies. A grilling season must-have, loaded with nostalgia.


Ingredients

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  • 2 pounds meat or veggies of choice
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • optional: up to ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Honey, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper arranged on a light blue surface.


Instructions

  1. Mix the honey mustard marinade: Add the honey, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and cayenne pepper (as desired) to a medium bowl or jar. Whisk or shake to combine. Set aside, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.Honey Mustard marinade shown in a small ball jar, sitting atop a light blue surface with a wooden honey dipper resting in a pool of honey & a small wooden tasting spoon dipped in mustard resting beside it in the foreground.
  2. Marinate: Pour the honey mustard marinade over your meat or veggies of choice. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours or up to overnight.Chicken thighs in a large glass mixing bowl, marinating in Honey Mustard marinade. The bowl sits atop a light blue surface.
  3. Grill as desired. Enjoy!
    Grilled honey mustard chicken thighs shown on a white speckled plate atop a light blue surface. The chicken is garnished with a drizzled of fresh honey & a small bowl of dijon mustard rests on the plate nestled between the chicken. A wooden honey dipper rests on the side of the plate.


Notes

  • Suggested marinade time: After testing this honey mustard marinade with a variety of different marinade times, we found a 12-hour marinade period to be ideal. The flavor of the marinade really sinks into the meat without affecting the meat’s texture.
  • 10-Minute Meal Prep: If you’d like to marinate something later in the week, I suggest making the marinade in advance, whenever you’re meal prepping for the week. Store it in a jar or an airtight container for up to 5 days – the flavors meld together even more as the marinade sits. At least 12 hours before you’re ready to hit the grill, simply pour the marinade over whatever meat or veggies you’re using it on – easy peasy!
  • Freezing Instructions: Feel free to whip up a batch of honey mustard marinade and freeze it in the jar you make it in. Just make sure to leave at least ½ inch of headroom for it to expand. You can also soak chicken, pork, or seafood in the honey mustard marinade, then pop it in the freezer after the marinating time is over. When ready to use, simply defrost for a flavor-packed weeknight dinner on the fly!
  • Easy vegan substitution: If you’d like to make a vegan version of this honey mustard marinade, simply swap the honey for an equal amount of pure maple syrup or agave nectar. The marinade will be awesome on veggies, cauliflower steaks, or even grilled tofu!