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Easy Honey Garlic Chicken

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

20 Minutes

Serves:

6

Level:

Beginner

About the Recipe

Sticky and Easy Honey Garlic Chicken made fast and simple, with the most amazing 5-ingredient honey garlic sauce that is so good you’ll want to use it on everything!

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs, bone in or out, with or without skin*

  • Salt and pepper, to season

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder, to season

  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup water (or chicken broth)

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar, or any white vinegar)

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Preparation

With a recipe that includes both chicken thighs AND chicken breasts, you’re just minutes away from the most addictive Honey Garlic Chicken dinner the whole family loves! The perfect meal to have when you feel like eating something sweet with a hint of savory.


Crisp and sticky skin (which is optional), a beautiful sauce and perfectly cooked chicken. It doesn’t get any better!


This super-simple recipe makes a crisp-tender chicken with a perfect, sticky glaze.


Honey garlic chicken


This sauce not only tastes amazing, it’s incredibly satisfying watching it bubble and morph into a perfectly balanced savory, sweet and garlicky syrup. But your mouth really begins to water watching the sauce simmer all around your chicken and coat it so effortlessly. The bonus of this recipe? It makes so much sauce that you have enough to drizzle over some rice or steamed broccoli.


chicken thighs or breasts?


Chicken thighs are perfect for this recipe, since dark meat is super moist and packed full of flavor. Although, we also love this recipe with chicken breasts… they are incredible in this sauce.


The best part about this Honey Garlic Chicken? You have ALL the ingredients in your kitchen pantry/kitchen tap/refrigerator already.


  • Honey? YES 

  • Soy Sauce? YES 

  • Vinegar? YES 

  • Water? OF COURSE 

  • Garlic? Not even a question 


So few ingredients needed for the perfect sweet to salty honey garlic sauce that will have you licking your fingers after every juicy bite.


  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder; set aside.

  2. Heat a pan or skillet over medium high heat; sear chicken thigh filets or breast filets on both sides until golden and cooked through.


FOR BONE IN THIGHS:


  1. Reduce heat after searing on both sides, cover skillet with a lid and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through, while turning every 5 minutes until done. Alternatively, see notes for the oven method.

  2. Drain most of the excess oil from the pan, leaving about 2 tablespoons of pan juiced for added flavor.


FOR SAUCE:


  1. When chicken is done and cooked through, arrange chicken skin-side up in the pan (if cooking with skin); add the garlic between the chicken and fry until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the honey, water, vinegar and soy sauce. Increase heat to medium-high and continue to cook until the sauce reduces down and thicken slightly (about 3-4 minutes).

  2. Garnish with parsley and serve over vegetables, rice, pasta or with a salad.


NOTES


For chicken breasts: use 3 breasts, sliced horizontally in half. Sear breast filets on each side until golden and cooked through (about 6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your filets). Continue directions from the sauce, onwards.*For oven baked, bone-in thighs: Preheat oven at 400°F or 200°C. Sear chicken in an ovenproof skillet or pan, skin side down first for 3 minutes. Flip and sear for a further 3 minutes until browned on each side. Then bake in the oven for a further 20-25 minutes, until completely cooked through and no longer pink inside. Continue directions from the sauce, onwards.


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