Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pineapple Honey Mustard Sauce

Ok, sooooo my eye won’t stop twitching. It’s been 4 days now. They say it’s a sign of stress, dehydration, lack of sleep, allergies and some other crap. Sure, I’m stressed, but isn’t that what being a new homeowner while being a small business owner is all about?  There’s no way to not be somewhat stressed out. But does this mean my eyes will twitch forever? Or do you think a bug just crawled back there and is eating my eye? Maybe I’ve just been watching too much Game of Thrones. But if I go blind, I’ll be hella pissed I didn’t go with my Game of Thrones gut on this one.

Yesterday, I picked weeds for an hour. Then I stepped in wet dog poop since it has been raining for 3 days straight. Not sure why I’m telling you this, just giving myself a little pity party. Or should I say poopy party. HA! I’m hilarious. I’m better now.

Does anyone else find that buying a rug is pretty much the hardest thing ever to search for? I seriously cannot find a good looking one for under $200. I just cannot buy something for more than that. It’s something you walk on every day. And Jackson runs straight in from the backyard, onto the carpet. The same backyard he runs around in. And steps in wet dog poop, too. You want his wet dog poop paws walking on top of a $600 rug? Ah hells nah.

You guys, get this. I was in a car accident on March 31st. It wasn’t a very big deal in the moment other than I could tell my car was pretty messed up and the girl was acting funny. When the woman who caused the accident left, a witness pulled up and said that she was totally drunk. So this dumb b got away with being drunk because I was a crying mess about the accident and didn’t call the police since it was just a fender bender. Well, it’s been over a month and my car still isn’t fixed. One of the motor mounts was cracked in half, my bumper was completely ruined. It’s just craziness. I totally know where the drunk woman works and I still wish I could just meander in and say, “YOU SUCK, YOU DRUNK MESS.” But I have to remember that Karma works in mysterious ways, right? Right.

Ok, let’s get to the food. Because after you make chicken like this, you’ll never want to have chicken any other way. When I was out in Pittsburgh working on my third cookbook, I stayed with Bill and Hayley from Primal Palate because they did the photography for my newest book. Well, by the end of the night after cooking all day, I would be completely sick of my own food so Bill and Hayley would make dinner. And they would either make crispy chicken wings OR crispy chicken thighs. The thighs were my favorite because even though they were crispy on the outside, they were super moist on the inside. Now stop being mad I said moist. Anywho, this is my recipe inspired by them, the amazing authors of Make it Paleo 2! You gotta get their newest cookbook, it’s crazy amazing! Now let’s eat!


Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pineapple Honey Mustard Sauce

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 2 pounds skin-on chicken thighs, deboned (about 6 chicken thighs)
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • onion powder, to taste
  • paprika, to taste

For the mustard sauce

  • 2 tablespoons ghee, butter or coconut oil
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 23 heaping tablespoons raw honey (depending how sweet you want it)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once pan is very hot, place deboned chicken thighs skin side down on the skillet. Feel free to crowd the pan because they will shrink up a good amount. Sprinkle each chicken thigh with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Once the skin has browned and become crispy, about 7-8 minutes, flip and cook for 5 more minutes. Then place in the oven to cook for 15-20 minutes, until no pink remains.
  3. While chicken is in the oven, place a medium sauté pan over medium heat and add ghee and pineapple chunks and cook until pineapple has caramelized on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  4. Place pineapple, mustards, and honey to a food processor and puree until smooth.
  5. Top each chicken thigh with pineapple honey mustard. Boom. Done.

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75 thoughts on “Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pineapple Honey Mustard Sauce”

  1. I have a Great Dane and we live in Texas where it’s been raining a ton and the soil takes days to soak up all the water. We have a swamp in the back yard a lot because of this and her paws are always dragging mud into the house. I bought a dark outdoor rug from Ikea to put in front of the slider inside our house because it’s more durable and doesn’t stain as easily as a normal indoor one would. It seems to work alright and I can vacuum it too. I think it was relatively inexpensive. Not the prettiest but it works!

  2. check out – when we bought our first house and were on a very limited budget I found this website. you can find some nice large rugs for a lot less than I could find anywhere else. congrats on your new home!

      1. the ones I purchased are 100% wool pile and have held up pretty well considering we live in the mountains and are always tracking in dirt, mud, firewood and have 2 large dogs. I think they carry a lot of different materials. you could always go somewhere local to shop in person and check the softness and then try to track down the same rug online at one of the discount websites for less…

  3. I just rented a place that desperately needed rugs. After hunting around I discovered that places that sell carpet often have remnant scraps you can get cut to whatever size you need and they’ll bind the edges to make it a rug. I got a scrap of high quality, expensive carpet, cut and bound it into the perfect sizes/shapes for my place, and put rugs in 3 rooms + my hallway for under $200 + whatever I spent to get rug pads for under them (I think ~$100)

    You’re dependent on what remnants they have, but it’s pretty great. I did it at a local big furniture store that has a flooring department.

  4. Try! They are always having a 75% off sale (seriously, ALWAYS) and you can get a big rug for much less than anywhere else.

    The reviewers are really helpful and will let you know if the color is off in the picture or any other details you wish you could know by buying without touching first.

    We got a 5′ x 8′ rug, delivered in less than a week for $110. SERIOUSLY.

  5. A- this looks awesome, and I couldn’t wait for the recipe since seeing it on instagram! Will make for sure.

    B- I didn’t see if you got any recommendations about roombas on your post the other day, but I’ll mention that I LOVE MINE. And that it’s totally worth the cost. And that you should get the pet one, even if it’s more expensive. Costco often carries them. I also work from home and run it all the time. It’s a miracle. Setting up your house so it doesn’t get stuck on/under things is helpful, but since you’re at home it’s also nice that you can just fix it.

    C- I have bought all my rugs at Ikea. And they have all been good quality but cheap. And then when they’re ruined, you can get a new cheap one.

    Yay homebuying! Also I hate eye twitching.

  6. Hi-I’m still knida new to cooking meat. I’ve only ever placed chicken thighs in the oven to bake… no need for oil in the skillet when crisping?

  7. Physically go into a Crate and Barrel store and check out their rugs when they go on sale. I got a wool rug for my living room and paid only $160…it was near 50% off.

  8. My eye twitched for two weeks! I finally went to the chiropractor because I didn’t feel stressed, fatigued, or any of the other things Google MD was telling me. After that it slowly stopped twitching over the next several days. Maybe just the placebo effect but hey I’ll take it!

    We bought a rug at Costco for about $150 and it wasn’t the best rug ever but with a dog and a cat it worked great!

    In college, a guy hit my (parked) car and I didn’t involve the police and it took months to get the guy to fix it. I resolved to always call the police after that. So frustrating for you!

  9. I’ve always heard that tonic water is good for eye twitching – make sure you get the kind with quinine in it. Then feel free to mix with either gin or vodka, but seriously, tonic water with quinine will help it.

  10. this sounds delicious! question, for the mustard sauce recipe it says 1/4 Dijon mustard, is that cup, tablespoon, or teaspoon? also, is it okay to use frozen pineapple chunks?

  11. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. I hate that same crazy eye twitch for a couple months. I think it was related to stress and lack of sleep, but after a couple acupuncture sessions it went away! Good luck!

  12. I do not have a cast iron skillet ( I know, I know Shame!) Is there any way to do this in a non stick pan and then on a sheet tray in the oven and get the same results?

  13. Another vote for RugsUSA – they have a great selection and seriously have sales CONSTANTLY!

    Also, FLOR carpet tiles are amazing – they’re not cheap, but they’re totally customizable and very durable. And they’re great for pets because if the rug gets dirty you can pull up individual tiles and wash them off in the sink!

  14. What brand or type of whole grain mustard do you use? I think I may have some dijon in my fridge already and I’m wondering if that’ll work.

  15. Hey! I want to make these! But your recipe for the sauce says 1/4 dijon mustard! Is it a teaspoon? What is it?

  16. Juli –

    Speaking from experience, the tick is a sign of magnesium deficiency. Try Natural Calm and Epsom salts foot bath – 2 cups hot water: 2 cups Epsom salts. Soak your feet until the water cools… approx 20 min. Do both daily. The tick should go away in a few days.


    P.S. I’ll be trying the recipe this week. 🙂

  17. Eye twitching is a classic sign of magnesium deficiency…. easy fix. Check out Dr Carolyn Dean’s web site for a free ebook on magnesium. It’s in the FAQ section…. Stress drains magnesium. You can also just google her name and a symptom and get tons of info 🙂 Love your recipes.

  18. My eye has been twitching lately, too! I might be imagining this but I think it’s worse when I rub my eyes a lot (which is hard to avoid when they’re itchy from allergies). So I’ve been trying not to touch my eye and it’s been better! I do like your GOT theory, though.

    These thighs look delicious!

  19. As others have said, eye twitch is definitely magnesium and easily caused by stress. I tend to just rub some magnesium oil (super cheap on Amazon!) on my legs after a shower and the eye flickering goes in about 20 minutes. Hope that helps!

    This chicken looks fantastic! I’m loving Make It Paleo 2 and can’t wait for your new book! 🙂

  20. I get facial twitching when my calcium gets too low. I take a powder form (tastes awful) from NOW with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Stops the twitching nearly immediately for me. Takes my friend a day or so. It’s pretty common I guess.

  21. This recipe looks amazing!!! putting it on my meal plan.

    In terms of Karma, I’m not a huge believer in it. I would be going into her work and finding her and saying “hey you crashed my car and I’m pretty sure you were drunk”.

    Well it would make me feel better, also if you think she was drunk I’d either be calling the cops and letting them know cause if shes done it once and crashed into you chances are she will do it again and that could be a bad outcome for a small child or jackson like puppy (sorry not trying to put you on a guilt trip here).

  22. Yes! totally with you on the chicken thighs. They’re the best. And this pineapple honey mustard sauce sounds RIDIC. Bet you it would be amazing with some sweet potato fries too…

  23. Thank you Juli for this amazing recipe!!! I made it last night and everyone in my family loved it, even my picky 15 year old daughter. I love all of your recipes and your style.

    I am very, very new to Paleo and have yet to fully dive into it, your website gives me motivation to continue on this lifestyle change. Thank you Juli!!!!!

  24. I have purchased several 100% wool rugs on and love them all. They have so many shapes, sizes, and patterns. My favorite one is in my foyer and it still looks great after three years! And I have two dogs, a cat, and three boys! It’s easy to vacuum and I shampoo it every 6 months or so!

    Love every recipe I have ever made from your website, so thank you!

  25. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks delicious. As far as rugs go, I suggest you try They have tons of choices, often have sales, and will throw in a free rug pad + shipping. I’ve purchased all my rugs through them. I have 3 dogs and I’ve found the indoor/outdoor versions will clean easily, hold up well and look great.

  26. Truthfully..I only eat chicken breasts, but I am going to give this a try! I couldn’t find skin-on chicken thighs at my local Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, hoping it turns out okay with skinless thighs.

  27. Tried this tonight for dinner and it was delicious! I am a big fan of recipes that have relatively few ingredients yet still are delicious, and this definitely fit the bill! 🙂

  28. I made this the other night with a few variations. We eat “cracklin’ chicken” regularly and it’s great, but this pineapple honey mustard is genius and freaking delicious. Thank you!

  29. so I am writing this way late so you will probably never see it…… but you should try homegoods for a rug! I got an amazing rug there for like 1/2 the normal price. Also, my eye twitches when I am stressed and it just goes away on its own after a day or so. I hate it though! My arm will also twitch sometimes too, but the eye totally sucks! Bodies are weird…. how does the muscle know we are stressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😛

  30. I made these yesterday and they are delicious! Who knew something so simple tastes so good. No oil is need because the chicken skin will produce a lot of excess fat. It was super crispy! Yum!

  31. These were amazing! I’m going to start using the pineapple honey mustard sauce on everything.

  32. Made these last night and they were TO DIE FOR. I don’t think I’ll ever make chicken thighs any other way ever again. I got bone-in, skin-on thighs at Sprouts and deboned them (which took way longer than I thought it would). Did you find them somewhere pre-deboned (is that a thing)? I live in Denver, too.

  33. This. was. amazing! I have cooked chicken this way before….but the sauce…holy cow. I didn’t use any honey as it was sweet enough for me. I have been putting the leftover sauce on everything. I would just eat it with a spoon but that would be embarassing. I have to at least pretend that I am normal. Thanks for all the kickass recipes!

  34. Just made this for dinner…will be lusting after it for days!!! By far the best chicken thighs I’ve made at home. I didn’t have pineapple (nor do I like it) so I subbed in green apples…the sauce was SO good. Great recipe!!

  35. These chicken thighs are so good that you don’t even need the sauce! But, if you’re feeling saucy, go for it, b/c it’s awesome too!

  36. These are fab! I can’t have pineapple, so used some mango I’d cubed and frozen. Worked great! Getting ready to make again with some fresh organic apricots! THe chicken is so crispy! Yumm!! The leftovers rock as well. 🙂

  37. I feel the same way about spending that much on a rug; then again I never want to spend hundreds of dollars on a single item! We searched for a while and ended up finding a real beauty at Home Goods for $199, are you out of your mind!? True story and it’s perfect.

  38. looking over the chicken with pineapple mustard sauce. it says to preheat oven at 450 but nowhere in the recipe does it tell you to use the oven. is this a typo?

  39. This recipe was great! I made extra sauce, and my fiance and I used it on bacon burgers tonight and it tasted amazing! I’m also going to try it with salmon later this week 🙂

  40. This was fantastic. Like one of the other comments, I used a green apple instead of the pineapple. I chopped it and cooked it in the butter as specified. Really great flavor.

  41. Hi, with regards to the chicken thighs, were they supposed to be dipped in a flour base prior to placing in the skillet? I did not get a crispy texture at all when following the above recipe, just wondering if I missed a step.

    1. no, no flour at all! some troubleshooting tips:
      1. did you use a cast iron skillet
      2. did you let the skillet get hot enough
      3. and did you let the chicken cook long enough
      all those three things will lead to crispy chicken skin. if one of those things is missing, you’ll get the soggy skin

  42. Simple and delicious! I can’t thank you enough. Let’s just say that my husband is the cook in the house – and for good reason, that is, until I made him this dish. He loved it so much that he requested it two nights in a row! As an alternative, I made the sauce while the chicken was browning and poured it over the chicken before putting it in the oven to bake. Thank you for restoring confidence in both of us for my cooking abilities.

  43. I adore paleo food, because it is healthy and still yummy. So i decided to start paleo diet (this time i mean it). If you were to buy one book to give to a friend on Paleo, what would it be? please please recommend a good one 🙂 Thank you!

    1. haha well i’m definitely going to recommend my own book, juli bauer’s paleo cookbook and another good book that’s great for explaining paleo in more science terms is the paleo solution by robb wolf

  44. After having a hard time losing weight on the paleo diet, i decided it could be because I am getting bored with my meals. Since haloween I have been making different meals off your blog and cookbook. I just made this one last night for lunch today. Cant wait to try it! I did try a taste of the sauce last night. My boyfriend thought it tasted bitter and said I coud of over cooked the pineapple?

    He ended up adding more honey and fresh pineapple to the sauce so I guess I will see how it goes… then again I am not sure if its supposed to taste more sweet and subtle or more tart.

    1. it could have been overcooking it, but it’s most likely because pineapple isn’t in season right now, so it’s not as sweet as usual! the sauce should have a little more of a tart flavor because of the pineapple and the mustard flavors!

  45. DELICOUS RECIPE!!! I was too lazy to make the sauce, but the chicken alone was a winner! My family was licking the plate and kept saying that I should have made more… winner winner chicken dinner! Thanks Juli for another slam dunk recipe. Will def add this to the dinner rotation 😀

  46. Totally made this last night! The sauce is so yummy. I had leftover for lunch and put the sauce on my salad!
    Thanks for sharing…..trying the maple pork chops tonight! 🙂

  47. not sure if you figured out how to stop your twitching yet (i have occasional twitches, too) but i saw this video and thought of you! he says you could have a lot of phosphorous in your system from eating a lot of meat, or just alkaline blood from stress depleting your acid (well there are other causes but i am judging what is most likely to apply). anyway he thinks daily acv is a good remedy! i never believed that banana shit because i could eat them all the time and still twitch up a storm. anyway here’s the video. not sure how trustworthy a resource he is but worth evaluating!

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