‘Barefoot Contessa’ Sheet Pan Dinner: Ina Garten’s Easy Mustard Roasted Chicken Recipe Is Crispy and Delicious

Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten‘s mustard roasted chicken recipe is an easy go-to for dinner and is especially great when you don’t have a lot of meal prep time but want a dinner that’s big on flavor. Find out how to make Garten’s roasted chicken sheet pan dinner.

Ina Garten and Savannah Guthrie on the 'Today' show
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How to make the Ina Garten mustard roasted chicken recipe

Garten’s crispy mustard roasted chicken recipe uses panko seasoned with thyme, garlic, and lemon zest to coat the chicken and give it a delectable crunch. Rather than dipping the chicken in egg before coating it in the bread crumbs, Garten uses mustard, which provides a delicious flavor and makes the breading stick perfectly.

The chicken is an easy sheet pan dinner that cooks for just under an hour. Set a timer and walk away until it’s ready! (The recipe can be found on The Food Network website.)


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese bread flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard, such as Grey Poupon
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 (3 ½- to 4-pound) chicken, cut in eighths

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahreinheit.

In a food processor, mince the garlic, thyme, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add the panko, lemon zest, olive oil, and butter. Pulse to combine the ingredients until the panko is moist.

Pour the bread crumb mixture onto a plate. Whisk together the wine and mustard in a shallow bowl.

After drying the chicken with paper towels, sprinkle each piece with salt and pepper and dip first in the mustard mixture to coat the sides, then press skin side down in the crumb mixture. Place the chicken on a sheet pan with the breaded side up.

Bake the chicken for 40 minutes, then turn the heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake it for another 10 minutes. The breading should be browned and the chicken cooked through.

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Garten roasts potatoes on the same sheet pan

Garten shared a photo and the recipe on Instagram in 2020, writing, “Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken is as easy as it gets! You dip the chicken in a mustard & wine mixture, then into a garlic & herb panko mixture, and into the oven. Dinner’s ready!”

Her fans weighed in with plenty of praise for the easy one-pan dinner. “6 simple ingredients transform into an absolute winning meal,” one person commented. “I paired it with steamed veg (broccoli & beans) and roasted potatoes.”

During a Today show cooking segment, Garten demonstrated how to make the crispy mustard chicken recipe and made a side of roasted potatoes on the same sheet pan. She halved one pound of fingerling potatoes lengthwise and tossed them in a bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. The potatoes were spread out in one layer alongside the chicken on the sheet pan and turned once during the roasting time. The sheet pan meal ensures that the potatoes and chicken are done at the same time, with just one pan to clean.

Garten served the chicken and potatoes with frisée salad greens topped with a mustard vinaigrette.