Chicken With Honey And Soy Sauce

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Chicken with honey and soy sauce is one of my favorite Chinese dishes. You can find it in almost every Chinese restaurant, but my favorite recipe is homemade by my older sister. I’m going to walk you through the steps on how to make this delicious dish right at home.

Honey & soy chicken with sesame broccoli

  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:10 mins
    • Cook:45 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

Enjoy these sticky honey and soy chicken thighs as part of an easy midweek meal. This budget-friendly dinner is sure to be a family favourite

NutrientUnit
kcal401
fat22g
saturates5g
carbs17g
sugars15g
fibre6g
protein30g
salt1.7g

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic & ginger paste
  • 8 skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 large head broccoli , cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • rice , to serve (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Mix the soy, honey, 1 tbsp of the oil and ½ tbsp garlic & ginger paste in a bowl. Pour over the chicken thighs and leave to marinate if you have time, but don’t worry if not – they will be delicious either way. Tip the chicken with all the marinade into a roasting tin, skin-side up. Cook for 45 mins until sticky and the skin is crispy.
  • STEP 2When the chicken has 15 mins left, start cooking the rice following pack instructions, if using, and heat the remaining oil in a frying pan. Add the remaining garlic & ginger paste, sizzle for 1 min, then tip in the broccoli along with a splash of water. Cover and cook for 10 mins until tender, then take the lid off, tip the sesame seeds into the pan and give everything a good toss around. Season. Serve with the chicken, and all the caramelised bits from the bottom of the tin.

Honey Garlic Chicken

The amazing flavors of honey, garlic and soy sauce combine to make this easy chicken dish that is out of this world delicious! Honey Garlic Chicken Breast is tender and juicy, pleasantly sticky, and glazed with a sweet and savory sauce. This dish will become your new go-to dinner meal because it’s quick and simple, and everyone loves it.

Honey garlic chicken breast cutlets in a skillet with extra sauce

I love skillet chicken dinners. There’s just something very satisfying about making a meal using just one pan on top of the stove. This recipe, along with others like Marry Me Chicken and Creamy Lemon Chicken, are one pan wonders, cooking up tender, flavorful chicken quickly to get dinner on the table super fast. 

This honey chicken recipe features thinly sliced chicken cutlets, wrapped in a silky, sweet sauce that you’ll be licking off of your fingers! Total cooking time is less than 15 minutes, so you’re almost ready for dinner right now. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  1. Perfect Chicken Sauce. The soy, garlic, and honey sauce on this chicken is absolutely perfect! The flavor notes are perfectly balanced and the mix of sweet, sour, umami, and savory makes it quite addictive. 
  2. Made in One Pan. If you have a skillet, you are ready to make this recipe. Both the chicken and the sauce are made in the same pan, saving you from washing a pile of dishes.
  3. Dinner is Ready Fast. It takes very little time to create this soy, garlic, and honey chicken recipe. Take just a few minutes to prep your ingredients, and cook the chicken in less than 15 minutes. 

Ingredients Used

A handful of simple ingredients are used to make this easy honey garlic chicken:

Ingredients needed for honey garlic chicken
  • Chicken Cutlets: Cut two large boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 4 thin cutlets, or buy your cutlets already cut from the grocery store or butcher. 
  • Flour: All-purpose flour is used to coat the chicken so we get nice browning. 
  • Butter: Our honey soy garlic chicken sauce starts with butter; this makes it silky and decadent. 
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic will give you the best flavor here. 2 cloves, finely minced, is plenty, but I know some of you will add a bit more! It’s ok, more garlic won’t hurt. 
  • Soy Sauce: One of my favorite seasonings, soy sauce gives us salt, umami flavors, and adds liquid to create the sauce. Choose a low sodium soy sauce if you want more control over the amount of salt in the dish. 
  • Honey: The earthy sweetness of honey balances out the salty flavor of the soy sauce to make a beautiful chicken sauce. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: a bit of acidity is the final note to this amazing sauce. Substitute with fresh lemon juice if you like. 
  • Optional Ingredients: Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or sliced green onions. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to give the sauce some heat. 

tip!

Try this recipe with boneless, skinless chicken thighs! Remove any excess fat and pound them thin if needed.

How To Make Honey Garlic Chicken

Collage of four images showing how to make honey garlic chicken
  1. Prep Chicken: In a shallow dish, combine flour with salt and pepper. Dredge the chicken cutlets in the flour mixture to cover, and shake off any excess.
  2. Cook Chicken: In a skillet, over medium-high heat, melt the butter, then cook the chicken on both sides until a golden brown crust forms and chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

tip!

Don’t flip the chicken too soon! Allow the chicken to cook fully on the first side before flipping to the second side. Your chicken will cook more evenly and quickly when you let it cook properly on each side.

  1. Make Honey Garlic Sauce: To the melted butter in the pan, add garlic, honey, water, soy sauce, and vinegar. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the sauce is heated and starting to thicken. Return the chicken to the pan and flip it over to coat it well. 
  2. Serve: Garnish your chicken with fresh chopped parsley. Serve over rice or noodles.
Spooning sauce over the honey garlic chicken cutlets in a pan

Recipe Tips

  • This recipe produces a fairly sweet sauce that I think is amazing. If you aren’t into that, or looking for a low sugar meal, then consider making one of my other easy meals! 

Honey Garlic Soy Sauce Chicken

This honey garlic soy sauce chicken recipe is quick, easy, flavorful, and the sauce is made with pantry staples. Ready in about 30 minutes!

honey soy chicken in a skillet

My Honey Soy Pork Chops recipe inspired this one. I figured it would be just as easy to do it with chicken, and I know we’re all looking for easy chicken recipes these days. 

This recipe is very straightforward. I cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise so they cook faster and remain tender. I then season them with pepper and garlic powder (an extra layer of flavor to prevent the chicken from being bland), coat the chicken in flour, and pan-fry it until it’s nice and golden. The sauce is made from a handful of ingredients – butter, chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, and garlic. This is an easy weeknight meal option.

close-up of honey soy sauce chicken

Recipe notes & tips:

  • I recommend using low-sodium soy sauce and low-sodium chicken broth for this recipe. I did test it with the regular kinds, and I think it may be too salty for many people. If you go that route, maybe skip salting the side dishes.
  • You can grate about a tablespoon of fresh ginger into this dish if you want to give it some kick. Or add some red pepper flakes.
  • The sauce isn’t meant to be thick/like a glaze. If you want it to be more that way, I recommend adding a cornstarch slurry (perhaps start with 1 teaspoon cornstarch and add more if needed). 
  • The chicken can splatter while you’re frying it, so I recommend using a splatter guard like this one. 

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