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Honey Garlic Chicken

Five ingredients and 20 minutes are all it takes to enjoy this honey garlic chicken with the much-loved sauce that won over kitchens everywhere.

Five ingredients and 20 minutes is all it takes to enjoy this honey garlic chicken skillet. With the much loved sauce that won over kitchens everywhere.

Today we’re making some delicious, honey garlic chicken. With the same, much-loved flavor profile of honey garlic shrimp and honey garlic salmon, we get to enjoy everyone’s favorite sauce with boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. It’s an addictive sauce with a sticky, sweet and savory glaze that works great with almost every kind of protein.

It’s simple to cook, quick and easy, but so rewarding. And it’s 20-25 minutes (depending on the thickness of your chicken) from start to finish without sacrificing any flavor.

Five ingredients and 20 minutes is all it takes to enjoy this honey garlic chicken skillet. With the much loved sauce that won over kitchens everywhere.

Don’t worry about all the shiny stuff on the pan that looks like oil. It’s actually the sauce. Loads and loads of sauce! This is the stuff that’ll give your chicken that wonderful glaze. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs because I feel they are juicier but if you prefer chicken breasts, this will work too.

It’s a great answer for quick weeknight dinners. Serve with a side of rice or mashed potatoes with some greens on the side like green beans, broccoli, or asparagus. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this. Let’s start cooking!

How To Make Honey Garlic Chicken (1 Min Video)

What You Need For Honey Garlic Chicken

This one is SO simple and I wasn’t lying when I said you only need five ingredients. You can use either boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Both regular soy sauce and low sodium soy sauce will work.

And if you don’t have fresh garlic and ginger on hand, feel free to substitute with garlic powder and powdered ginger. Ginger gives the sauce a warm flavor but if you’re not a fan, you can absolutely leave it out too. It will not break the recipe. And if you want to build on this recipe for more flavor, try adding in a splash of lime juice or a few dashes of red pepper flakes.

Ingredients to make honey garlic chicken in prep bowls.

HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN RECIPE TIPS

One pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs turned out to be about four thighs for me. So if you sub with chicken breasts, go for one pound’s worth. Cut the thighs in half to make them cook quicker and cook them in two batches so you’re not overcrowding the pan. This also makes sure the chicken sears properly instead of steaming.

If your breasts are slightly on the thicker side, it might be worth it to cut it up lengthwise as well, to cut that thickness in half so it’ll cook faster and more evenly. Also make sure the thighs/breasts are dry before we cook them so they brown up nicer (and so you don’t get attacked with angry, spitting oil).

Five ingredients and 20 minutes is all it takes to enjoy this honey garlic chicken skillet. With the much loved sauce that won over kitchens everywhere.

Start heating up the pan over medium-high heat in a 10″ skillet. I used about two tablespoons of oil, just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Since there isn’t any skin on the chicken to render fat, we’ll be relying solely on the oil you add to the pan to sear them.

It should take about 3-4 minutes to sear and cook each side, depending on the size of each chicken piece. The smaller pieces will end up crispier than the bigger ones. Keep an eye on them and remove them from the pan earlier if needed. After the first side of the chicken is done, reduce the heat to medium to stop the pan from smoking before flipping the chicken over. You will be cooking from medium to medium-low heat from here on out.

Five ingredients and 20 minutes is all it takes to enjoy this honey garlic chicken skillet. With the much loved sauce that won over kitchens everywhere.

Even though we patted the chicken dry with paper towels earlier, there might still be some angry spitting from the oil. So it’s always worth it to invest in a splatter guard. And wear an apron! Once it’s all cooked, drain the chicken on some paper towels and remove any excess oil from the pan, leaving just a little to saute the aromatics. Saute the garlic and ginger until fragrant, add the chicken back to the pan, and pour in the honey and soy sauce mixture.

Make sure to keep the heat on medium-low as boiling the sauce too fast will burn and harden it into a sticky mess. And even though sticky sauce sounds great, burning it changes the sweetness of the honey to bitterness. It’s not too tasty.

Flip the chicken in the sauce to coat both sides and once the sauce has reduced, we’re done. That’s it! Go enjoy your glazed chicken and brag about how you’re a cooking expert. There’s no need to tell anyone it was only five ingredients! 😉

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Honey garlic chicken in a cast iron pan.

Honey Garlic Chicken


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Five ingredients and 20 minutes are all it takes to enjoy this honey garlic chicken with the much-loved sauce that won over kitchens everywhere.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs/breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced / 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced / 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine the honey and soy sauce and set aside.
  2. Over medium-high heat in a 10″ skillet, pan-sear the chicken in some oil. Reduce heat to medium after searing the first side.
  3. Cook them on both sides in batches until browned, about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the center is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 165°F. Drain chicken on paper towels and remove most of the oil from the pan.
  4. Add garlic and ginger (optional) and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the chicken back into the pan.
  5. Pour in the honey and soy sauce mixture and bring to a gentle boil over medium-low heat until the sauce is reduced. Flip the chicken to coat in the sauce fully.
  6. Dish and serve hot.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Note: If using garlic powder/ground ginger, stir them in with the soy sauce and honey before adding it to the pan with the chicken.
  • Add more flavor with a few dashes of red pepper flakes or a splash of lime juice.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins

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103 Comments

  • Reply
    Maddy
    October 20, 2021 at 5:01 PM

    I loved your receipe and tried today exactly How you mentioned. Its was super tasty. I love your receipes as they are Quick and simple . Waiting for more surely.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 21, 2021 at 11:50 AM

      I’m so happy you like it so much and thank you for your sweet comment. Let me know if you try anything else!

  • Reply
    Kristen Lozen
    March 25, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Can you use powdered garlic and ginger? How much?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 25, 2021 at 1:06 PM

      Absolutely. I have substituted minced garlic many times for garlic powder in this recipe. It’s much easier than using cloves. I would do 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger (it’s pretty potent).

      I’m going to add these substitutes to the recipe card.

  • Reply
    ashley
    June 18, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    do you have to use ginger?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 19, 2020 at 9:27 AM

      No, you can leave it out if you don’t like the taste!

  • Reply
    Ine
    May 17, 2020 at 8:53 PM

    Omg, this was super delicious! My family loved it, including my husband amd daughter which are food critics. I added just a hint of pink Himalayan salt for a bit more flavor. Starting v with low sodium soy sauce was perfect! Thank u for sharing.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 25, 2021 at 1:16 PM

      You’re very welcome, Ine! Thank you for trying it out and I’m glad it passed the food critic test 😉 Low sodium soy sauce is a great way to make this healthier. I’ve gone this route many times.

  • Reply
    Anoj
    May 5, 2020 at 1:38 PM

    It came out absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Kids went crazy over it. We actually had it twice, last night and a few nights ago…. I used an electric oven and the result was the same. Tks again for sharing. ??

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 25, 2021 at 1:19 PM

      Thanks for trying it out! Great to know it’s kid-approved. You sure can bake this in the oven as well, that’s where a cast iron skillet comes in very handy. I’m a big fan of the sauce personally. We recently have been using it a lot in air-fryer salmon while I try to lose this pandemic weight!

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