Easy Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

Sticky and Easy Honey Garlic Chicken made easy and quick, with amazing 5-ingredient honey garlic sauce that’s so excellent you’ll want to utilize it on everything!

With a recipe which includes both chicken thighs AND chicken breasts, you’re just moments from the most addictive Honey Garlic Chicken dinner everyone loves! An ideal meal to have when you are feeling like eating something sweet with a hint of savoury.

Crisp and sticky skin (which is optional), a lovely sauce and perfectly cooked chicken. It doesn’t get any better! This super-simple recipe makes a crisp-tender chicken with an ideal, sticky glaze. This sauce was so excellent on those chicken pieces, that I wondered what would happen easily cooked some pieces right in the sauce without the crumbing or breading needed.

  • 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

  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder; set aside.
  • Heat a pan or skillet over medium high heat; sear chicken thigh fillets or breast fillets on both sides until golden and cooked through.


  • 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 oven method.
  • Drain most of the excess oil from the pan, leaving about 2 tablespoons of pan juiced for added flavour.


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


*For chicken breasts: use 3 breasts, sliced horizontally in half. Sear breast fillets on each side until golden and cooked through (about 6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your fillets). Continue directions from the sauce, onwards.**For oven baked, bone-in thighs: Preheat oven at 400°F or 200°C. Sear chicken in an oven proof skillet or pan, skin side down first for 3 minutes. Flip and sear for a further 3 minutes until browned 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.

Serving Size: 6, Calories: 384 cal, Sugar: 15g, Sodium: 281mg, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 24g, Cholesterol: 141mg