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Zesty Mustard Chicken Thighs Recipe from dineanddish.netI had outpatient surgery yesterday… nothing too serious but I’m hoping will change the quality of my life quite a bit. (TMI for my men readers…but ladies, I had a D&C and ablation. Hopeful it helps!)

Anyway, I had the sweetest nurse before my procedure who warned me to stay off the internets while I’m on my pain medication. “It loosens inhibitions and can make you say things you might not mean to.” Apparently, she is right as I am getting a little incensed at the moment about this article telling people to stop using the word veggies. Which also makes me think of those blog posts that tell photographers to stop using stripey straws, distressed boards, twine and the like. 

Do we really not have more important things in the world to care about than what people call their vegetables or what photographers use in their food photos? My goodness… first world problems, people. First world problems. You don’t have to like that I use the word veggies. You don’t have to like that people use props in their photos that annoy you. You simply click away and move on and get over yourself.

Let’s worry and put our energy into good things… like this wonderful thing Amy, at Mom Advice, is doing for her 10 year blogging anniversary. That’s something to focus on and get passionate about. Not what I call my vegetables.

Zesty Mustard Chicken Recipe dineanddish.netSo, this has nothing to do with my wonderful recipe I’m sharing with you, but was something I had to get off my chest while I had my “pain meds” face on.

Chicken Thighs (or should I say “Chickie Thighs” ;) )… what I like to call in our family “fast food”. This recipe is one of the best I’ve made. It’s inspired by this “Man Pleasing Chicken” recipe over on Witty in the City and is so worth adding to your recipe rotation ASAP! Enjoy!

Recipe: Zesty Mustard Baked Chicken Thighs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe: Zesty Mustard Baked Chicken Thighs

A wonderful, zesty baked chicken thigh recipe. A perfect weeknight meal option!


  • 1.5 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken thighs (4-6)
  • 1/2 cup Zatarain's Creole Mustard (or any other spicy mustard)
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano (I use Gourmet Garden)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F
  2. Line a 9x9 baking dish with foil.
  3. Place chicken thighs in the baking dish.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together mustard, syrup, worcestershire sauce and oregano. Pour over chicken thighs, making sure they are entirely covered.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, serve and enjoy!


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  1. That chicken looks AMAZING! definitely adding it to my menu! I hope your surgery helps-feel better soon! And eat lots of veggies and drink smoothies from a stripey straw!

  2. Yum, these look amazing! Hoping you’re feeling much better very soon. Oh, and the word veggies doesn’t incense me a bit… Really, people?

  3. I absolutely love love LOVE your post!!! If you don’t like veggies don’t say it!!! Eat them instead :) and I love this recipe!!! Looks like a perfect last minutes dinner to throw together!!! So glad I stopped by :) you feel better :)

  4. I’m going to make these chickie thighs and serve them with a big pile of EVOO drizzled veggies and drink a green smoothie with striped straw and have an amazeballs funfetti cookie wrapped in twine. Yeah. That’s what I’m going to do.

    xoxo hope you feel better soon.

  5. I have made the mistake of going online while pain meds were doing their job or even after a few glasses of wine (right now) but ….we love chicken thighs! I have made something similar to this but I cant wait to give your version a try. Feel better soon!

  6. That doesn’t sound very pleasant. I hope you feel better soon!

  7. OMG, Kristen! About a month or so ago, I mentioned “veggies” in a Facebook status and I was bombarded with rude and hateful comments – did you know there’s actually a Facebook fan page devoted to harassing people who use that term instead of vegetables? It’s crazy! And the stripey straw…nice! Rachel will love that. Feel better, friend <3

  8. If I ever get upset about someone using the word veggie please punch me in the face. PS I like you on pain meds.

  9. Hoping you’re feeling better soon, Kristen! (And since you provided the link to that article, I have to say I clicked over and had some good laughs from reading the comments section. Yikes, people.)

    Off to eat some fruities… ;)

  10. Seriously, people are up in arms over the word veggies? I am so out of the loop!!! Rest up and hope you get well soon.

  11. I’m so bored of people telling other people what they should be doing!

    I hope you recover quickly from the surgery and aren’t in too much pain xo

  12. Love this perfect weeknight dinner, and your post totally made me smile :)

  13. First, I have had friends who have had lots of success with ablations-I hope you feel better! People love to criticize don’t they? Nothing wrong with “veggies” or “chickies” for that matter!

  14. Right on, sister! I like you on pain meds. ;) I hope you’re feeling much better today and I’ve been thinking about you nonstop. Better than ever in no time. And thanks for a meat dish idea for my house full of peeps next weekend. These look incredible! Xo

  15. Can I get an AMEN. Some people just like to get mad at other people for STUPID stuff. Just look the other way and move on.

    Hope you get to feeling better soon.

  16. Love this post! The chicken looks delicious. Hope you’re recovering well!

  17. I’m harboring similar feelings about the articles floating around these days telling people what not to do. In fact, I might mention something about those feelings in my next blog post because I need to get them off my chest, too! ;-)

  18. This chicken sounds simply amazing! I hope you’re better than ever in no time :)

  19. Get well soon, Kristen! Also, WTF to “veggies.” Really, people. Let’s focus on more important things in life. Let getting these chicken thighs into our bellies as quickly as possible. :)

  20. I always say my family isn’t picky…but the one thing I cannot get past them is mustard!! This looks fabulous. I bet the leftovers would make a good chicken salad ;)
    Oh golly your post made me laugh. I hope you feel better soon. I had an ablation about 5 years ago. I hope you didn’t have the pain I did….oh golly that was ouchy. Take care xox Sheila


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