This recipe for mozzarella chicken uses tender dark meat chicken thighs with a delicious topping of bacon, honey mustard and mozzarella cheese. It is an easy meal that is ready in about 45 minutes. It’s a perfect chicken recipe for a busy week night and special enough to serve for guests.
This recipe is fast and easy to do, yet it’s just bursting with flavor. I used chicken thighs because they are so flavorful but the recipe also works for chicken breasts (and is even a bit faster!)
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I love cooking with mozzarella cheese. It’s a lighter type of cheese than cheddar and turns semi soft in the oven instead of hard. Add in the bacon, honey mustard and lemon zest and you have the perfect topping for juicy chicken thighs.
Chicken thighs are my favorite cut of chicken to use when I bake. I love the skinless thighs that still have the bone in. This makes for a very juicy piece of chicken after they are cooked and the flavor is rich and dark. They always come out very tender and juicy. (Be sure to check out this recipe for honey wine chicken thighs, too.)
Making Honey Mustard Mozzarella Chicken Thighs
Start by placing the chicken thigh pieces in an ovenproof baking dish and set aside. Mine had skin and bone, but I removed the skin of my chicken and left the bone in.
Combine the honey, Dijon mustard, lemon zest, sea salt and black pepper in a bowl until it is well combined. Zesting lemons is very easy with a microplane and really adds so much to the taste of the marinade.
Spoon the marinade over the chicken pieces. I coated one side and then flipped them and brushed on the other with a silicone pastry brush. How is that for easy?
Bake the chicken thighs for about 35 -40 minutes. Then remove the chicken and turn the oven on to broil while you make the delicious bacon and cheese topping.
Each chicken thigh piece gets 2 bacon slice halves, and then mozzarella cheese is sprinkled over the top.
Broil the thighs for an additional 5 minutes, until the bacon is slightly crisp, and the cheese is bubbly and browned. Can’t wait to dig into them!
Tasting the Mozzarella Chicken
Every bite of these delicious mozzarella chicken thighs is loaded with flavor. The chicken is fork tender and juicy and the cheesy bacon and honey mustard topping gives a tangy taste that is just delicious.
Serve these tasty mozzarella chicken thighs with crusty artisan bread, and a side salad. The recipe serves six with each piece working out to 388 calories. The recipe is high in protein and gluten free.
Admin note: This recipe first appeared on the blog in November of 2013. I have edited the post to add all new photos and enter the nutritional information.
- 6 chicken thighs, skin removed
- ½ cup of honey
- ½ cup Dijon mustard
- zest of 1 lemon
- sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- 6 slices bacon, cut in half
- 1⅓ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375º F
- Place the chicken thigh pieces in an ovenproof baking dish.
- Combine the honey, Dijon mustard, lemon zest, salt and black pepper in a bowl and spoon the mixture over the chicken pieces.
- Bake the chicken thighs for 35 - 40 minutes. Remove the chicken and turn the oven on to broil while you make the topping.
- Place 2 bacon slice halves on each chicken thigh, and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese. Broil for 5 minutes, until the bacon is slightly crisp, and the cheese is bubbly and browned.
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