Looking for a super easy SIBO-friendly dinner recipe? Or perhaps a recipe that you can make ahead on the weekend and pack for lunches? Well then this Honey Mustard Slow Cooker Chicken recipe might just have ended your search. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Serve it with my Low FODMAP Steamed Vegetables w/ Lemon Chive Butter to complete the meal. For those who need more carbohydrates, try pairing it with some fresh fruit, brown rice, or a small baked potato.
If you’re confused about where honey falls in regard to SIBO diets, FODMAPs, SCD, etc., check out my Sweet Basil Vinaigrette post where I discuss this topic.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1-2 tablespoons dijon mustard (many brands are low FODMAP, just read ingredients to ensure no garlic or onion)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons melted clover honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat slow cooker by turning it to high.
- Rinse chicken thighs and pat dry. Add to slow cooker.
- In a small bowl or jar, combine dijon mustard, lemon juice, melted honey, salt, and pepper. Stir.
- Pour sauce over chicken and give it a quick stir to coat chicken with sauce.
- Allow to cook on high for approximately 5-6 hours or until chicken has a golden brown color as seen in my photos.
This looks yummy! But is the cook time 3 hours, or 4-5? Also, why preheat the slow cooker? Never heard of that before…
Great question! It prevents the amount of time that the chicken is sitting at room temperature in order to protect against food poisoning.
Oops- I only answered one of your questions! Good catch on the discrepancy! The cooking time will depend on your slow cooker. I can’t quite remember which one is the correct time per my slow cooker- I think what happened was that when I originally posted the recipe, I used the shorter cooking time, but then when I re-made it, it didn’t quite brown up as I wanted, so I kept it in longer and changed the recipe instructions to 5-6 hours. I would recommend checking it at 3 hours and then if it hasn’t browned, adding some more time.
Have you made this with chicken breasts before?
I have not. It should work- might not be quite as tender.
I made this today with chicken breasts. 6 hours total, 2 on high, remaining time on low. From my experience chicken breasts are best cooked on low 4-5 hours… my chicken was a bit dried out, and I wasn’t surprised bc of length of time. Solution for dryness – served over a bed of rice with some of the chive butter poured over top to add back in moisture. Really yummy and hubby-approved. Side of veggies with chive lemon butter.
Thnx for a good meal!
Side note – Low FM meal? For me, it wasnt. My belly feels a little ‘tender’, a little bloated, I have very mild IBS, due to HUGE diet change last fall. Not sure if it’s the mustatd, honey, or chives (green parts only). I don’t know if the honey was a high FM one… My symptoms will subside by morning but if you are just starting out, this may not be an elimination stage meal for IBS-ers
Thanks for your feedback! I could imagine chicken breasts would be more sensitive to drying out than thighs since they have less fat on them- it sounds like your advice of 4-5 hours for breasts is a good solution! I’m glad your hubby approved 🙂
What veggies did you serve it with?
Sometimes a little tenderness is inevitable no matter what someone with IBS eats! But if you had symptoms despite being able to usually be symptom-free, than I would think honey would be the most likely culprit. You could try making them with maple syrup if that’s a sweetener you tolerate better? Sometimes if there is yeast overgrowth present, even small amounts of any sweeteners can cause abdominal tenderness.
I’m going to make this in oven , do you have any suggestions? Of course Ill reduce the time in oven.
Great idea! I would say as long as you whisk the honey mustard sauce really well before brushing on the chicken, you should be fine! Perhaps you could also try covering the baking dish with tin foil to keep some of the moisture in and prevent it from drying out.
Wait, I thought honey was high fodmap?
It’s an area of debate! Monash University lists it as high FODMAP, but Dr. Allison Siebecker (also known as the SIBO queen!) looked into the topic in detail before making her SIBO Food Guide and came to the conclusion that certain types of honey (such as clover honey) have a favorable glucose-fructose ratio and therefore would be considered low FODMAP. Personally, I find that clients with digestive issues tolerate it as long as they are using in moderation.
Lorraine Levan says
I would recommend subbing some other herb for the chives in the sauce. I find that ANY part of alliums gives me severe digestive issues. Perhaps that is what affected your.respondent, rather than the honey.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience, Lorraine! I would say it is more common to be sensitive to sweeteners than alliums or sulfur foods. Though it is definitely a concern for some! But I do have hesitation about recommending avoidance of alliums and/or sulfur foods, especially long-term, as they are important for detoxification and so much more. But of course, know and trust your own body!
What do you mean by clover honey melted?
Hi Chuck, Melting the honey helps it stir with the other sauce ingredients. If you aren’t following any particular protocol, feel free to use any type of honey you would like! For those following Dr. Siebecker’s SIBO Specific Food Guide, certain types of honey are not recommended during the elimination phase. Clover honey is one that is thought to have a more favorable glucose-fructose ratio and therefore be better tolerated. Other types of honey might include wildflower honey, blackberry honey, etc. It has to do with the type of plant the bees that produce the honey are pollinating. I hope that clears up any confusion! Let me know if you give the recipe a try 🙂
Can i make this with bone in thighs?
I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work! The only thing I would note is that when cooking skin-on chicken in a slow cooker, the skin stays tender and doesn’t crisp up. Let me know if you try it out!
This looks amazing! the Clover Honey seems to be a bit difficult to get hold of. Can i use a different Honey?
Hi Claire, if you don’t have dietary restrictions, any type of honey is fine here!
Can you make this with normal mustard?
I haven’t tested that, but I think so! It will probably have a more mild mustard flavor though.