by Olena

Honey Garlic Chicken

Olena Osipov
5 from 19 votes

Honey Garlic Chicken is amazing chicken recipe to have as a backup plan. Delicious honey garlic sauce with simple ingredients from your pantry will transform fresh chicken breasts or thighs in 30 minutes into a restaurant quality dinner. Healthy, easy and at fraction of the cost.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey garlic chicken! It is a saucy, juicy and easy 30 minute dinner I have been making for over a year now. We are all “guilty” of placing a pack of chicken breasts in our shopping cart without a plan for it. Am I right? I think so.

When I truly have no idea “What’s for dinner?”, I pull out pantry ingredients, make honey garlic sauce, bake chicken and cook a side while chicken is roasting in the oven. I prefer baked chicken vs. fried for health reasons, so quick 10 minute marinating is all this chicken needs. And it all happens while oven is preheating. So easy!!! Kids and husbands love this pretend Asian dinner. 🙂

Honey Garlic Chicken garnished with green onion and sesame seeds

Ingredients You Will Need

Feel free to cut honey garlic chicken recipe in half is serving 2 people or less. But leftovers freeze like a charm – see below.

  • Chicken breasts or thighs: About 3 large boneless and skinless breasts. Cut them into thin cutlets lengthwise. If using thighs, no need to cut. I love using both as even breasts come out juicy and saucy.
  • Honey: I try to buy unpasteurized and raw honey for its health benefits. Keep in mind once heated it loses many of its good properties, so doesn’t matter for this recipe but still…
  • Soy sauce: Regular or liquid aminos have the same amount of sodium. I used only 2 tbsp aminos.
  • Acid: You can use freshly squeezed lemon juice, lime juice or apple cider vinegar.
  • Fresh garlic: I use a combination of 2 grated garlic cloves that makes sauce more flavorful and 1 minced garlic clove for texture in final product.
  • Cornstarch or arrowroot powder to thicken the sauce. You can skip if you don’t have it.
  • Green onion and sesame seeds: Although this honey garlic chicken is not exactly Asian food but somewhere from there. Garnishes add a nice zing and crunch but are OK to skip.

Honey Garlic Chicken served with broccoli salad

Tips for Best Chicken

  • Chicken has to be fresh or defrosted. Not frozen.
  • I do not recommend to pan fry chicken as honey burns quickly. Done that! 🙂
  • If your honey is solid, melt it on a stove in a small pot on low heat.
  • You can use low-sodium soy sauce as well if you are watching your salt intake.
  • Cornstarch settles fast, so whisk again before adding to the sauce. Also cold water is key to avoid lumps.

How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken

  • Marinate chicken for 10 minutes in a mixture of honey, soy sauce, lemon juice and garlic. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and let them sit while oven is preheating to 450 degrees F.
  • Bake chicken for 20 minutes turning once. Rimmed baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper or silicone baking mat makes caramelized honey clean up a breeze. Do not discard marinade.
  • Make healthy honey garlic sauce by bringing marinade to a boil in a small pot. Whisk cold water with cornstarch, add and cook a few minutes until sauce has thickened.
  • Chicken is ready when it reaches 165 degrees F internal temperature. 20 minutes should be good and I pull it out even if T is 155 degrees F as it keeps cooking with residual heat.
  • Combine chicken with sauce: Transfer chicken onto a platter, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with green onion and sesame seeds.

Honey Garlic Chicken marinating in a bowlBaked Honey Garlic Chicken Honey Garlic Chicken served on a plate

How to Serve, Store and Reheat Chicken

Serve honey garlic chicken with:

Store: Refrigerate chicken in covered container for up to 5 days. It also freezes extremely well for up to 3 months.

Reheat honey garlic chicken in a skillet or saucepan. Sauce will thicken in the fridge, so add a splash of water and watch it come back to life on low heat. Easy-peasy!

I hope you enjoy this super easy and healthy dinner! Come back and let me know in comments. I reply to every single one of them.

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Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken is amazing chicken recipe to have as a backup plan. Delicious honey garlic sauce with simple ingredients from your pantry will transform fresh chicken breasts or thighs in 30 minutes into a restaurant quality dinner.
4.95 from 19 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 chicken cutlets
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 2 lbs chicken breasts boneless & skinless
  • 1/3 cup honey melt on the stove if it is hard
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp green onion for garnish
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds for garnish


  • Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make thinner cutlets. More sauce will coat more chicken this way.
  • Grate 2 garlic cloves and mince the other one. More flavor this way.
  • In a large bowl, add chicken, honey, soy sauce, lemon juice and garlic. Stir with tongs and let marinate while oven is preheating.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line large rimmed baking sheet with silicone baking mat or unbleached parchment paper.
  • Arrange chicken in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes on the lowest rack, turning once.
  • While chicken is baking, pour marinade into a small pot. Don't discard it - we will make delicious sauce. Place on a stove to bring to a boil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk cold water with cornstarch. When marinade is boiling, add slurry to it and cook until sauce has thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from the oven and transfer onto a serving platter. Drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with green onion and sesame seeds.
  • Serve honey garlic chicken with brown rice, quinoa and broccoli. Or broccoli salad.

Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Perfect for a meal prep.

    Make ahead: You can marinate honey garlic chicken for up to 3 days in advance. Cover, refrigerate and cook as per recipe when ready.

      Grill: Preheat grill on medium-high (450-500 degrees F) and rub with oiled paper towel. Place chicken on the grill, close the lid and grill for 8-10 minutes turning once. Do not overcook. Make sauce on the stove or o na side burner of the grill. Easy-peasy.



        Serving: 1cutlet | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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        Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

        My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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        Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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        Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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        1. 5 stars
          Yum! This recipe is so easy to follow and tastes just as good the next day! It’s my go to when boneless chicken thighs are on sale. I like to add a little chopped onion and fresh grated ginger to the marinade/sauce just for more zing. I love that Olena always recommends a side dish/vegetable that goes with the main!

        2. 5 stars
          Quick, easy and tasty!! I used a ziplock bag to marinate the breast as the oven was rising to temp. I was worried about cooking these breasts at such a high temp. But I took them out after 20 minutes. Tender and juicy! I threw some frozen Brussel sprouts with onion and squash on the cooking sheet too. All worked out! Start to finish 30 min!

        3. 4 stars
          I just made this for dinner tonight. It was very good and looked just like the picture you have of it. I sauteed mine though instead of a hot oven that messes with my ac for some reason.

        4. 5 stars
          tried this last night and loved it! any tips on how to reheat the chicken so it doesn’t dry out? thanks!

        5. 5 stars
          Your line “pretend Asian dinner” had me salivating for Chinese food! Didn’t quite tickle my tastebuds like I thought it would, yet it was delicious. Like the recipe said, I cut the breasts in half lengthwise but they were cooked after 10 minutes! I thought maybe I had the wrong oven temp, but it was correct. Gotta keep an eye on that sauce…I couldn’t keep it boiling as it started to burn very quickly. Next time? Low heat for this kitchen greenhorn! Like all the others I’ve tried, this is another great recipe?

        6. This looks great but I have Salmon in the frig for tonight. Could I use this same recipe with my salmon? I saw one of your similar videos where you used something very close on salmon and added butternut squash and brussel sprouts for a one-pan meal. I never could find that recipe and I noticed that you splashed the sprounts and squash with avocado oil first. Is there a sub for the avocado oil?

        7. I was super excited and have tried many of your recipes, yours are all fantastic! I’m not sure what went wrong. My sauce turned white! Literally white! It looked terrible. I followed the recipe to a T. Used real honey, low sodium soy sauce. Double checked all ingredients. My husband did too haha. Even the chicken baking, the sauce around it was white! Has this ever happened before?!

          1. Odd…There is not too many ingredients to go wrong. I think it is honey. Real honey like raw honey? There are so many varieties with different colours…

        8. 5 stars
          I was looking for a different recipi for chicken, this caught my eye. It was really good, the sweetness was great. I would only change is adding/making more sauce the recipi wasn’t enough. It was delicious ?.

                1. We had just bought it, thinking it was fresh but back home we did suspect some of it was still frozen, so that must’ve been it 🙁 Thx for your quick response!

        9. 5 stars
          This looks amazing and I will be trying it in the next few days. Very similar to a chicken breast with honey, lemon and oregano dish that I make as a go-to recipe. Thanks for sharing.


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