I not messing with you here. There’s a reason this recipe is called No work Chicken. Cause it is absolutely NO work! 

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Back when I first met my husband, I had the opportunity to become pals with one of his mother’s best friends, Pat O’Keefe. Beautiful, lovely, charming and far younger than her chronological age, Pat is bubbly and full of life every time I see her.

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A few years ago, Pat decided that she was starting her own cooking blog. She told me about all of the recipes she loved to create and share with her family — especially her beloved grandson, Toby — and now wanted others to discover.

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Since then I have received an email from Pat almost every week featuring a new recipe — original ideas that are always a little out of the ordinary and with ingredient combinations I wouldn’t normally think of putting together but which make perfect sense when you taste the final product. 

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I’ve enjoyed many of Pat’s recipes over time, but when I saw “No Work Chicken” as the subject line of last week’s email, I was beyond intrigued. After all, if there’s a recipe for something with little-to-no work involved and it’s very likely going to be delicious, I’m in! I tweaked Pat’s recipe slightly to suit our family, but this is my interpretation and it’s unbelievably good. Not just another chicken recipe, this one immediately earned a distinguished place in our dinner rotation.

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All you do is quickly whisk the marinade ingredients together in the morning (or the night before), add the chicken breasts and then bake them when you get home that night. In less than an hour, you’ll have moist, juicy chicken with a sweet and tangy sauce that is heavenly served over brown rice.

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Recipe courtesy of Pat O’Keefe

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No Work Chicken

I not messing with you here. There's a reason this recipe is called No work Chicken. Cause it is absolutely NO work! 
4.34 from 9 votes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • In a 9 x 13 baking dish, whisk the honey, soy sauce, dijon mustard, curry powder and scallions.
  • Place chicken on top of sauce and turn to coat.
  • Cover and marinate 30 minutes to overnight, flipping halfway through to coat with sauce.
  • Cover with foil and bake chicken 30-40 minutes, depending on size of chicken breasts. Baste chicken with the sauce half way through cooking.
  • Serve over rice or pasta.



Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1150mg | Sugar: 18g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I have made this many times since I re-discovered it, works great with thighs too! My mother made this same recipe (no scallions) when I was a child in the 1960’s. I had been looking for it and found yours awhile ago on Pinterest. Thank You! When she passed recently I finally found the cookbook it originally came from. “Make It Now Bake It Later” by Barbara Goodfellow. Her series of books are full of easy and delicious recipes from the 1950’s through the 70’s!

  2. I’ve made this a couple times now and I love it. It’s a simple recipe with great flavor that my kids love. Maybe next time I’ll do something with the sauce after it’s out of the oven so it’s thicker and covers pasta/rice better.

  3. This is a great recipe, but it is NOT gluten free, UNLESS gluten-free soy sauce is used…the recipe does not detail this. Regular soy sauce is not gluten free and could cause a terrible reaction in Celiacs or otherwise gluten sensitive people. That said, can’t wait to try it with the proper soy sauce!

  4. Yay!This reminded me that I forogt my own important day and I feel gutted that I missed it. I’ve been stalking through your journal and I friggen love it. Your photos are always freaking beautiful and you don’t ramble on like some mofos.

  5. […] friend of mine posted that she had this chicken for dinner and loved it, so of course I had to try it out too. It was pretty good and was really […]

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