Honey Garlic Chicken

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When it comes to comfort food that hits the sweet spot between delicious and satisfying, Honey Garlic Chicken undoubtedly takes center stage. This culinary masterpiece is a perfect blend of succulent chicken, rich honey, and garlic, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors.

One of the primary reasons behind the popularity of honey garlic chicken is the balance between contrasting flavors. The natural sweetness of honey pairs so good with the taste of chicken. The addition of garlic infuses the dish adding complexity and an aromatic element.

honey garlic chicken thighs over lettuce
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Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey garlic chicken is a relatively easy dish to recreate at home. With just a few simple ingredients like chicken, honey, garlic, soy sauce, and a touch of seasoning, anyone can whip up this delectable dish without spending hours in the kitchen. This accessibility has turned honey garlic chicken into a go-to recipe for busy weeknight dinners and casual gatherings with friends and family.

seared chicken thigh in a cast iron pan with honey garlic sauce on a spoon

What to Serve with Honey Garlic Chicken

Steamed Vegetables: A colorful medley of steamed vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and green beans not only adds a healthy touch but also provides a refreshing contrast to the richness of the honey garlic chicken.

Rice: Whether it’s fluffy white rice, fragrant jasmine rice, or nutty brown rice, a bed of rice serves as an excellent base to soak up the flavorful honey garlic sauce. You can also consider making fried rice with mixed vegetables for an extra burst of flavors.

Mashed Potatoes: Creamy mashed potatoes provide a comforting and indulgent side to balance the sweetness of the chicken. The contrast in textures works beautifully together.

Salad: A crisp and vibrant salad with a light vinaigrette can cut through the richness of the chicken. Opt for a mix of greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and maybe some feta cheese or nuts for added texture.

seared chicken thigh in a cast iron pan


  • Chicken thighs 
  • Garlic 
  • Butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Chicken broth
  • White vinegar
  • Parsley
  • Sesame seeds

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Recipe Instructions

  1. Begin by preparing the chicken thighs on a plate, pat dry.
  2. Mix salt, garlic powder, onion powder, minced garlic, and black pepper in a bowl.
  3. Now coat chicken with seasoning.
  4. Cook chicken in skillet with olive oil and garlic for 6 minutes, flipping halfway.
  5. Add butter, soy sauce, honey, broth, and vinegar. Cook 4-5 minutes until sauce thickens.
  6. Serve with parsley and sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!
raw ingredients of honey garlic chicken thighs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is honey garlic chicken?

Honey garlic chicken is a mouthwatering dish featuring tender chicken coated in a delectable sauce made from honey, garlic, and other complementary flavors.

What makes honey garlic chicken so popular?

The dish’s popularity lies in its perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, as well as its versatility and ease of preparation.

Can I use different cuts of chicken for this recipe?

Absolutely! You can use various cuts like chicken thighs, wings, breasts, or drumsticks to create honey garlic chicken, adjusting cooking times accordingly.

Can I adjust the sweetness of the dish?

Certainly, you can adjust the sweetness by varying the amount of honey in the recipe to suit your taste preferences.

honey garlic chicken thighs over lettuce

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honey garlic chicken thighs over lettuce
5 from 3 votes

Honey Garlic Chicken

You'll love this honey garlic chicken recipe, made with seasoned chicken thighs, honey, garlic, and a few other simple ingredients.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 Chicken Thighs


  • 4 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
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  • Unpack the chicken thighs and place them on a plate. Pat dry with a paper towel if needed. Set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix salt, garlic powder, onion powder, minced garlic, and ground black pepper.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the chicken thighs on all sides.
  • Warm up a skillet on medium to medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and minced garlic. Warm it up until the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the chicken thighs and cook for 3 minutes then flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat, cover, and keep cooking for 20 minutes, turning the chicken thighs every 5 minutes. Cook until the chicken has an internal temperature of 175 degrees F.
  • Place the chicken thighs skin up in the skillet, and add the butter, soy sauce, honey, chicken broth, and white vinegar.
  • Mix the sauce and cook, on medium heat, for an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickens.
  • I use a cast iron skillet, so to mix the sauce I use my whisk to get all the yummy bits from the pan. Sprinkle with parsley and sesame seeds if desired.
  • Serve and Enjoy!


  • Side dish: Serve with a side of pasta, sticky rice, or a salad.
  • Make sure to have a skillet big enough to make the sauce.
  • Use leftovers: Chopped the chicken and add it to a Ceasar salad, or a sandwich
  • Storage: Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days
  • Re-warm: Microwave or place in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 3 to 4 minutes.


Serving: 1 of 4 Chicken Thighs, Calories: 425kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 119mg, Sodium: 1558mg, Potassium: 302mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 261IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 2mg
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Honey garlic chicken’s popularity isn’t a coincidence. It’s a dish that combines the best of both worlds: the sweetness of honey and the savory punch of garlic, all enveloping tender and juicy chicken. This culinary masterpiece offers a delightful fusion of flavors, textures, and memories that keep people coming back for more.

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