Grilled Maple Mustard Chicken

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Every few years when I watch the Olympics, a single word resonates in my ears from coaches and commentators alike… versatility.

You would think a world-class athlete competing in the Olympic Games, would have to dedicate their lives to a single sport or element. To eat, sleep and breath one goal–shoving all else aside. Yet during the “bio” portion of the Olympic broadcasts, what I continually hear from those who know the competitors best, is that many of them are extremely versatile. Well-rounded individuals, capable of greatness in many areas of life. Champions in multiple sports, business moguls, master musicians, published photographers, brilliant parents… amazing.

I can remember, as a child, having a strong desire to achieve greatness in just one area of life. Any area, for that matter! I was decent at a few things, but had little natural talent. Because of this, I unknowingly trained myself to work hard, in all areas. Over time I developed a work-ethic that, now, I wouldn’t give up for any amount of raw talent.

I’ve always had to grind away to achieve my goals, to gain skill, to get what I want.

Mustard Maple Chicken

I’m thankful for this, and believe it to be a blessing in disguise. I’ve learned to be versatile. Maybe not to the extent of an Olympian, mind you, but enough to lead a fulfilling life. Personal versatility (or skillful adaptability) gives you confidence and makes you comfortable in your own skin.

Versatility enables you to be open to trying new things. You may have heard the saying, “Become all things to all people that in the end, you may win some.” Versatility gives you the ability to see another person’s point of view; to relate to others on more than one level, to win people over.

Versatility goes a long way.

How To Grill Chicken

As for versatility on the dinner table, I present Grilled Maple Mustard Chicken. The maple-mustard glaze cleverly crosses traditional culinary boundaries. It’s sweet, spicy, bold and savory, and it can boost the flavor of almost anything!

It complements bone-in chicken and breasts, pork loin and chops, ham, fatty fish such as salmon or trout, and even beef (although I would reduce the amount of maple syrup if using it with beef).

Grilled Mustard Chicken

I usually prefer to grill bone-in chicken for this Maple Mustard Chicken recipe because it makes the skin crispy, leaves the meat very moist, and produces lovely grill marks. Yet another versatile aspect of this dish is that it’s just as good BAKED.

Simply slather with the glaze first and pop in the oven for 45 minutes.

Maple Mustard Chicken

Grilled Mustard-Maple Chicken

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Tangy Grilled Maple Mustard Chicken - a simple chicken recipe with huge appeal! This 6-Ingredient Maple Mustard Chicken can be grilled or baked.
Servings: 6
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Mustard-Maple Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 202mg 8%
Potassium 270mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 4.7%
Vitamin C 3.5%
Calcium 2.8%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Pat the chicken pieces dry with a paper towel, then oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix the 2 tablespoons oil, both mustards, maple syrup, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a small bowl.

  3. Grill the chicken over indirect-medium heat for 15-20 minutes, then flip and brush with mustard glaze. Grill another 15-20 minutes and repeat—40 minutes total.

  4. If roasting in the oven, preheat to 375 degrees F. Brush with glaze and roast for 45 minutes.

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85 comments on “Grilled Maple Mustard Chicken

  1. Femckeposted February 28, 2017 at 9:03 am Reply

    I stumbled upon this recipe years ago, it was actually one of the first things I cooked by myself as a teenager while living at home! I’ve come a long way since then, cooking daily for myself and my boyfriend, and I still love this recipe. I don’t make it often because maple syrup is quite expensive where I’m from, but it’s a treat every time. Thank you!

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  3. Tim murphyposted August 28, 2015 at 1:43 pm Reply

    Can’t seem to locate the quinoa salad with cucumbers, dill, and feta cheese recipe. That looks really good too. Anyone able to find it

    • Sommerposted September 2, 2015 at 9:25 pm Reply

      Hi Tim! Sorry about that… the salad was more of a suggestion than an official recipe. I just make a pot of quinoa and add cucumbers, dill, and feta to taste. :)

  4. Mistyposted November 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm Reply

    I made this chicken roasted in the oven last year for Thanksgiving for those who did not enjoy turkey. This was by far the family favorite. The flavor is perfect and the chicken is moist. It also looks beautiful when finished. My family insisted that I make it for Thanksgiving again this year. Thank you for a delicious and beautiful recipe!

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  7. Lydiaposted March 12, 2014 at 6:54 pm Reply

    I found this recipe on Pinterest, and I’ve already made this recipe several times. It’s that good! It’s one of my favorite drumstick marinades. I love how it’s a little sweet and slightly sticky. *finger licking good, literally* =P Thanks for the recipe! I hope you don’t mind that I shared it on my site. Of course, I mentioned your site and provided a link to it. =)

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  13. Deniseposted July 24, 2012 at 11:22 am Reply

    Yum!! Looks and sounds delicious! I love the combo of mustard and maple– never thought to put the two together but how perfect!

  14. Martengposted June 30, 2012 at 9:30 am Reply

    Just yesterday, I tried for the first time a maple dish… and today, I checked out some receipts on the web. It’s really strange, I took just the same ingredients, but I prefer Estragon instead of Parsly (but was thinking about Parsley as well). It was really delicious… and at the end, I gave my usual ammount of butter into the pan.

    I even dreamt about that meal the following night…

  15. Spiceoflife2627posted January 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm Reply

    I made this with” morning star vegan chicken strips ” It’s awesome!!!

  16. Mariam eposted November 4, 2011 at 3:16 am Reply

    I just made this a few days ago and OMG!!! I had a tray of chicken legs so I used those. I wouldn’t stop talking about this recipe for DAYS. I made parmesan mashed potatoes on the side. I’m making this again…and again…..and again…….

  17. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagelsposted October 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Wow this chicken looks sooooo good. YUM!! I really need to try this out since I’m a maple fanatic. :)

  18. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted October 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! Only had chicken breasts on hand so I used those instead and it turned out fantastic! Looking forward to making it again! Thanks for this delicious recipe!

  19. Amanda : Grace & Gustoposted October 4, 2011 at 11:07 am Reply

    What a wonderful post, thank you. I’ve bookmarked it, so that I might reread it when I’m feeling particularly jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none-ish.

    And that chicken? Marvelous!

  20. Jennaposted October 3, 2011 at 10:29 am Reply

    I love this recipe, and also the quinoa salad with feta and cucumbers (i just recently discovered quinoa and am THRILLED about it =).

  21. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted October 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm Reply

    My-Oh-My…This looks and sounds absolutely wonderful, Sommer! Beautiful flavors…I’m seriously drooling :)

    HUGS <3

  22. Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamilyposted October 2, 2011 at 11:58 am Reply

    Lovely post. I like your thoughts on versatility and being open minded. This is something I have also learned in my errrr, adulthood. ;)
    I am loving this new variation on grilled chicken and really can not wait to try it with that cous cous!

  23. Angie's Recipesposted October 2, 2011 at 4:14 am Reply

    The mustard sauce looks heavenly!

  24. Nancy Longposted October 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm Reply

    would love to have recipe for the simple quinoa salad with cucumbers, dill, and feta cheese

  25. kateiscookingposted October 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm Reply

    I’ve used a version of this without the parsley. Can’t wait to try it with that extra burst of flavor!!

  26. easyfoodsmithposted October 1, 2011 at 9:33 am Reply

    Looks delicious and so moist!! Drool worthy!

  27. easyfoodsmithposted October 1, 2011 at 9:32 am Reply

    Looks delicious and so moist!! Drool worthy!!

  28. Sophieposted October 1, 2011 at 12:25 am Reply

    Oooh what a great & tasty end of summer dish! Great for entertaining & it is so tasty & easy to do too! :)!
    I also love that quinoa salad on the side!

    Fabulous pictures!

  29. Olio!posted October 1, 2011 at 12:16 am Reply

    This sounds like a treat. Maple on chicken. mmmmm! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Katie | Healthnut Foodieposted September 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm Reply

    We love mustard-maple chicken in our house! Whenever I tell my hubby about another hubby not into eating real food, he always directs them to that recipe in my cookbook! Quinoa + feta + dill + cucumbers = bliss!

  31. Susanposted September 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm Reply

    Love the sweet and spicy take on this grilling sauce! I also like the quinoa salad idea … for a long time I never knew what to do with it! I don’t know, though, this is very much like a high summer meal! :-) I don’t know if my Fall starved soul can handle it! JK!

  32. Susanposted September 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Love this sweet and spicy take on grilling sauce! The quinoa salad looks great too! I’ve just started eating quinoa. For a long time, I didn’t know what to do with it!

  33. Wenderlyposted September 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm Reply

    Oh does that sound lovely and just perfect for Fall!

  34. Joyposted September 30, 2011 at 11:40 am Reply

    That looks great.

  35. Tickled Redposted September 30, 2011 at 9:54 am Reply

    Those look delicious! I wish I had some for lunch. Great recipes, I love to play around with mustard as well!

  36. Feast on the Cheapposted September 30, 2011 at 7:54 am Reply

    So glad to hear this is just as good baked – I’m working without a grill over here in my pint-size apartment

  37. Vickyposted September 30, 2011 at 7:15 am Reply

    Looks delicious. I’ll have to try making this over the weekend. Unfortunately I don’t have access to grill – but I’ll trying baking the drumsticks instead!

  38. Annposted September 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm Reply

    What a terrific flavor combination! I just did a mustard apricot pork and I really like that savory sweet combination! This is amazing – buzzed!

  39. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}posted September 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm Reply

    Gorgeous, Sommer! This sounds like a stellar combination of flavors!

  40. Deborahposted September 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely amazing – and I love that it IS so versatile. Yum!

  41. MIchelleposted September 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm Reply

    Sommer I saw the tweet this morning and now I’m intriqued at making this.yum ;)

  42. Skinny Fat Kidposted September 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm Reply

    Perfect! I have some chicken legs in the freezer. Love your side dish too. Maybe with couscous??

  43. Rachel aka foodyrachposted September 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Yum! That looks awesome!! Love your story. I hear you on the working hard! :)

  44. Kristenposted September 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm Reply

    What a delicious way to cook chicken. I wish I had some of it for dinner right now!

  45. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted September 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm Reply

    I little more liquid and it would be an amazing salad vinaigrette as well!

  46. Karriann Grafposted September 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm Reply

    What a great combination of flavors to make chicken more interesting! Happy Cooking!

  47. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted September 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm Reply

    YUMMM!!!! These flavors look so amazing together!!

  48. Dmarieposted September 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm Reply

    I am crazy over mustard these days. definitely hope to make this soon!!

  49. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted September 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm Reply

    looks awesome!! bookmarked

  50. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted September 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm Reply

    This chicken looks so flavorful! Love that marinade!

  51. Kimmiposted September 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm Reply

    Okay, I’m officially hungry.

  52. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Oh my! This looks like a winner for my family’s tastes. Beautiful!!

  53. Cookin' Canuckposted September 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm Reply

    There definitely is something to be said for really hard work. And let me tell you, it has paid off for you – just look at those gorgeous pictures and that recipe that made me want to reach right through the screen. You are a talent for sure, Sommer.

  54. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted September 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Great minds and all…I’ve got pork loin chops in the smoker with a very similar glaze…maple and mustard can not be beat in my opinion. But I need more recipes for quinoa and this one sounds perfect as an accompaniment for the chops too!

  55. carolinaheartstringsposted September 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm Reply

    That is my kind of grilled chicken. It looks so delicious. Come over and visit us. We have the most amazing apple cake recipe you have ever tasted.

  56. Eliotposted September 29, 2011 at 11:39 am Reply

    The glaze sounds amazing. Good pics, too!

  57. Jeanetteposted September 29, 2011 at 11:13 am Reply

    Isn’t it interesting that what we are not gifted with makes us strive for more. Love the versatility of this mustard maple marinade.

  58. Cherineposted September 29, 2011 at 10:11 am Reply

    Irresistible chicken pieces!

  59. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted September 29, 2011 at 10:07 am Reply

    That looks super fantastic! I have just started to like Maple flavoring in recipes I will have to give this a try.

  60. Tiff @ Babes and Kidsposted September 29, 2011 at 9:33 am Reply

    Wow, that looks incredible, what a great take on chicken.

  61. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted September 29, 2011 at 9:22 am Reply

    I’m going to make this one too! I still have the grilled pork loin with dijon mustard on my list too. Maybe I should just come on over to your house for dinner. Terrific photos Sommer – as always – it looks so delicious :)

  62. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBookposted September 29, 2011 at 9:13 am Reply

    Grilling season is never over in my house. There has been snow on the ground, and I’ve been out there grilling. Really! :) Living this glaze! Will need to try it out.

  63. Kellyposted September 29, 2011 at 9:03 am Reply

    Wow this chicken looks absolutely perfect! Love your photos and just printed your recipe, can’t wait to try this! :)

  64. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted September 29, 2011 at 9:02 am Reply

    Oh my gorgeous! That chicken is calling my name somethin fierce! Wow. I need to make this pronto!

  65. Kitaposted September 29, 2011 at 8:05 am Reply

    I totally get sucked into the Olympics – and how amazing all of the athletes are. This chicken looks beautiful – I often don’t grill bone in, but this certainly makes me want to.

  66. Lizposted September 29, 2011 at 7:53 am Reply

    Oh, my, this looks wonderful, Sommer! We grill 12 months a year (unless there’s over a foot of snow!), so I’m always looking for new twists on grilled chicken. YUM!

  67. Apron Appealposted September 29, 2011 at 7:48 am Reply

    Dinner tonight. I love it when I get an idea in the morning instead of at 5:00 p.m. Whole grain mustard….are we talking liquid or powder. I’ve never seen it referred to as whole grain mustard.

    • Sommerposted September 29, 2011 at 7:53 am Reply

      It’s similar to Dijon, just not blended. My jar reads “Whole Grain” but some say “course grain”.

  68. Eileenposted September 29, 2011 at 7:46 am Reply

    Looks so moist and delicious. I’m always looking for new recipes to make with our homemade maple syrup – yum….

  69. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Timeposted September 29, 2011 at 7:46 am Reply

    I think when Dijon and maple syrup get together magic happens. This looks absolutely fantastic.

    Regarding the versatility thing; studies have shown that kids who focus on a sport and pour themselves into it make better business moguls, master musicians, published photographers, brilliant parents, etc., because they have developed discipline, respect, self control and all the things necessary for excelling in life.

  70. Lisa @ Tarte du Jourposted September 29, 2011 at 7:45 am Reply

    This looks mouthwatering! I love a good chicken recipe that shakes things up. My family would love this!

  71. RavieNomNomsposted September 29, 2011 at 7:41 am Reply

    This is a fantastic recipe! I love mustard and chicken together. I have actually had something very similar to this and it was so yummy. I will have to try this one and see how it compares. I am sure it will knock it outta the park, looks deeelllish!

  72. Curtposted September 29, 2011 at 6:54 am Reply

    My kind of grilling! What a great sounding glaze!

  73. fish oilposted September 29, 2011 at 6:12 am Reply

    Hello.I was reading someone elses blog and saw you on their blogroll.Great Thanks !

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  75. Paula Marieposted March 4, 2010 at 12:59 am Reply

    I've just been reading a couple of your recipes. You have an amazing eye for presentation and a talent for bringing out the sensuality of food and words. I think it runs in the family. :) I'm definitely bookmarking this blog! And I meant to say 'only' in the previous post.

  76. Paula Marieposted March 3, 2010 at 11:58 pm Reply

    You are so wrong, Sommer. You are very talented! I've seen the pictures that your mom has posted of your creativity and your blog is very well written and thought out. Need I mention the recipes? You have great talent – even if it only comes from the determination to achieve!

  77. Ed Schenkposted February 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm Reply

    Great flavor profive on the chicken. I'll have to try it!

  78. Ashleighposted February 25, 2010 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Your pictures are beautful. And your recipes are great too. Glad I found your site on Foodblogs.

  79. Carolposted February 25, 2010 at 2:43 am Reply

    Oh, the chicken looks divine! I can't wait to try it! I didn't know there was red quinoa, I've made the regular. I'm going to look for the red, yum, can't wait to try the salad too!

  80. Tasty Eats At Homeposted February 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm Reply

    I love this! I happen to have both red and white quinoa at home – never thought to mix them together. So pretty!

  81. Birenposted February 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm Reply

    This looks wonderful! I like how you mix the regular and red quinoa together. I have only had quinoa a few times. Must learn and do more with it.

  82. Katposted February 24, 2010 at 7:50 pm Reply

    This looks really good. Especially that quinoa cucumber salad! I'm a sucker for mediterranean flavors.

  83. CattyCooksposted February 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm Reply

    Sounds yummy!