Honey Garlic Chicken

4.9 from 13 reviews

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.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 chicken cutlets 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • 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


  1. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make thinner cutlets. More sauce will coat more chicken this way.
  2. Grate 2 garlic cloves and mince the other one. More flavor this way.
  3. In a large bowl, add chicken, honey, soy sauce, lemon juice and garlic. Stir with tongs and let marinate while oven is preheating.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and line large rimmed baking sheet with silicone baking mat or unbleached parchment paper.
  5. Arrange chicken in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes on the lowest rack, turning once.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Remove chicken from the oven and transfer onto a serving platter. Drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with green onion and sesame seeds.
  9. 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.


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