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No Work Chicken

No Work Chicken ~ just marinate and bake.  Use boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, marinate in a delicious honey-soy-curry sauce for an easy and delicious weeknight chicken dinner.

No Work Chicken thighs in baking dish

This post has recently been updated to make with bone-in chicken thighs, as well as with boneless chicken breasts.

The past month and a half have been insane.  We moved and it couldn't have been more stressful.  Really, really stressful, on many levels.  But we're in, the dog is adjusting and we're making our way through unpacking.  And, I'm cooking again.  This No Work Chicken was perfect for dinner last night.  It's simple, duh, and full of flavor, and just the ticket to ease back into my kitchen routine.

No Work Chicken overhead shot of baked thighs in pan

I should name this Judith's No Work Chicken.  She is my dear, dear friend in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  We used to live there and we were neighbors and became instant friends.  We moved to Saint Louis about 13 years ago but get back up to the Twin Cities as much as we can to visit.  On several visits she made this chicken dish for our arrival.  It was so good and I asked her how to make it.

No Work Chicken closeup shot of baked thighs

Okay, you have to know Judith, but it took about three years to get the recipe.  First, she couldn't remember and sent me a few ingredients off the top of her head.  Then, she had her very young daughter email me the "recipe".  Again, some missing ingredients.  My first few attempts didn't turn out like hers, so I asked her again for the recipe.

No Work Chicken, baked thigh in bowl with white rice and sweet potatoes

One day, about three years later, a cookbook arrived in the mail.  Judith's church cookbook with the recipe marked for me.  I still have the note she included, recommending a few dishes from the cookbook.  So now I have the actual recipe from the Church of the Good Shepard's lovely cookbook.

No Work Chicken collage photo of marinade ingredients, and chicken in baking dish covered with plastic.

It couldn't be any easier, a marinade is poured over boneless chicken breasts and then baked.  I'm not a boneless chicken breast fan, but this is very good.  And while I have made it many times with boneless breasts, we prefer bone-in chicken thighs.  Either yields delicious results ~ the chicken is tender and the sauce is the best part, a curry-based sauce that is perfect over jasmine rice.

Thank you Judith, I love you and the way you do things.  Thanks for still thinking of me and getting me this cookbook.  No Work Chicken, delicious!  A lot of work getting the recipe but so worth it.  Best, Kelly

No Work Chicken baked thighs in baking dish in sauce.

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No Work Chicken overhead shot of baked thighs in pan

No Work Chicken

Super easy baked chicken in a honey, curry and soy sauce marinade. Just mix, marinate and bake for an easy chicken dinner, serve with rice to soak up all the delicious sauce.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 195kcal


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts halves or 6 bone-in, skin on, chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Pinch red pepper flakes


  • Place chicken in a baking dish large enough to hold all pieces in a single layer. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over chicken.  Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with rice. 

Recipe Notes

I recommend serving this over white rice to soak up all the goodness.


Calories: 195kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 25g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 72mg Sodium: 582mg Potassium: 480mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Vitamin A: 51IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 22mg Iron: 1mg
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Judith Ritchart

Thursday 1st of September 2016

Regarding the revealing of the recipe, I promise that I wasn't holding out on you. I didn't use the cookbook but just kind of had a version of it in my head where many other things live. The real credit goes to Dana Rousseauu Neuhauser who provided the recipe for the cookbook and was also in charge (I believe) of the church cookbook project.

Judith Ritchart

Thursday 1st of September 2016