Honey Garlic Chicken


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Honey Garlic Chicken is a sticky sweet chicken recipe. A classic combination of honey, soy sauce and garlic working together produces a flavorful sauce that is perfect for the chicken and the rice.

Honey Garlic Chicken on top of rice on a white plate next to a brown and white striped cloth

This Honey Garlic Chicken dish is so rich and complex. The Asian flavors in this chicken dish are classic and this dish is easy to make any night of the week. It is a wonderful dinner to make for the entire family.

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What We Love About This Recipe

The sauce in the Honey Garlic chicken is sheer perfection. A tantalizing combination of savory, sweet and garlicky syrup that is truly delish.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Perfect for a quick weeknight meal.
  • Easy Ingredients: This simple dish has only 8 ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Kids love this sticky sweet chicken.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, low sodium or add your favorite vegetables to make a well-balanced meal.
Honey Garlic Chicken ingredients

Ingredient Notes for Honey Garlic Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts: Two pounds of boneless chicken
  • Seasonings: salt, black pepper, garlic powder
  • Garlic: Minced garlic
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce: A low sodium version can be a great swap in this recipe
  • Honey
  • Cooked White Rice: Try a prepacked, ready to heat rice or make in a rice cooker
overhead view of Honey Garlic Chicken on top of rice on a white plate next to a brown and white striped cloth

Equipment Needed

  • Skillet
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken

These are the basic steps for making Honey Garlic Chicken. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: COOK

First, in a medium skillet, cook the chicken over medium-high and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes. Then mince the garlic and add it to the pan, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.

a collage of 2 images showing how to cook and season the cut up chicken in a skillet

STEP 2: SAUCE

Next, add the apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and water. Cook, stirring often, until the liquid reduces by about 1/3 and starts to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.

a closeup view of Honey Garlic Chicken on top of rice on a white plate next to a brown and white striped cloth

STEP 3: SERVE

Finally, remove from the heat and serve the chicken over cooked rice.

Prep and Storage Tips for Honey Garlic Chicken

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This chicken dish is very quick and easy, therefore you do not need to make it ahead of time to make a great chicken dinner.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

The Honey Garlic Chicken freezes beautifully. Place in an airtight container or wrap well in aluminum foil. The chicken will be good in the freezer for up to four months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat in the microwave or on the stove top until warmed through.

Frequently Asked Questions about Honey Garlic Chicken

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

A low sodium soy sauce or a gluten free soy sauce can make this recipe healthier.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE BONELESS CHICKEN THIGHS?

Of course, you can use boneless thighs, just make sure that the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Extra Sauce?

Indeed, making extra sauce to top your rice is a wonderful addition to your meal.

TOPPINGS THAT WILL WORK WITH THIS HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN?

There are such great choices, such as: sesame seeds, scallions or slivered almonds.

Honey Garlic Chicken on top of rice on a white plate next to a brown and white striped cloth

Expert Tips for Making This Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

  • Double the Recipe: This recipe is great for a crowd, so use the recipe card below and make more.
  • Add Vegetables: Mushrooms, asparagus, or any of your favorite veggies.
  • Short cut tip: Purchase cooked rice at your local Chinese restaurant.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low sodium versions of your favorite sauces are a healthy swap.

What to Serve with Honey Garlic Chicken

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Honey Garlic Chicken

Corrine Schmitt
Honey Garlic Chicken is a sticky sweet chicken recipe. A classic combination of honey, soy sauce and garlic working together produces a flavorful sauce that is perfect for the chicken and the rice.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian Inspired
Servings 4 servings
Calories 469 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups white rice cooked

Instructions
 

  • In a medium skillet, cook the chicken over medium-high and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Mince the garlic and add it to the pan, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and water.
  • Cook, stirring often, until the liquid reduces by about 1/3 and starts to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and serve the chicken over cooked rice.

Notes

  • Double the Recipe: This recipe is great for a crowd, so use the recipe card below and make more.
  • Add Vegetables: Mushrooms, asparagus, or any of your favorite veggies.
  • Short cut tip: Purchase cooked rice at your local Chinese restaurant.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Low sodium versions of your favorite sauces are a healthy swap.

Nutrition

Calories: 469kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 52gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 728mgPotassium: 962mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 127IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1mg
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This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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