Honey Garlic Chicken (Better Than Take-Out!)

Honey garlic chicken has tender chicken baked in an easy homemade marinade. After baking, the marinade is thickened to make a flavorful honey garlic sauce!

Add in some fresh veggies and a side of rice for a great weeknight meal!

Honey Garlic Chicken on rice

Sweet, sticky, and jam-packed with flavor, everyone loves this recipe! The ingredients are items you likely have on hand and the flavor is better than any take out you’ve ever had.

ingredients to make Honey Garlic Chicken

Ingredients & Variations

This recipe begs for new ideas, doesn’t it? Serve the cooked chicken pieces over rice pilaf, jasmine rice, Udon noodles, or even homemade noodles!

CHICKEN Chicken thighs are such a popular cut of chicken because dark meat is so juicy and flavorful. But breasts, wings, and chicken thighs will work for this recipe as well.

SAUCE Honey, soy sauce, garlic, and cider vinegar are mixed together to create the sweet & savory sauce!

VARIATIONS Add a few sautéed pieces of chopped broccoli and cauliflower, water chestnuts, or snow peas! Shredded carrots and bean sprouts would also be a delicious addition.

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How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken

Super easy, and super tasty, this dish will be ready in no time!

  1. Mix Honey Garlic Sauce: Assemble the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. Bake Chicken: Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken and bake. Flip after 25 minutes.
  3. Thicken Sauce: Make a slurry by combining equal parts cornstarch and water. Add to juices to thicken.

pouring sauce over cooked chicken to make Honey Garlic Chicken

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Better Than Take-Out!

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Honey Garlic Chicken on rice

Honey Garlic Chicken

This Honey Garlic Chicken is tender, juicy, and infused with a sweet & savory sauce!
Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 287
Author Holly Nilsson


  • 4 chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup water + 1 tablespoon
  • ¼ cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced
  • sesame seeds for garnish, optional


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Combine honey, water, soy sauce, vinegar and garlic.
  • Place chicken skin side down in a baking dish. Pour honey mixture over chicken.
  • Bake 25 minutes. Flip chicken over and bake an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove pan from the oven and pour juices into a small saucepan.
  • Mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water. Bring pan juices to a boil and slowly add cornstarch while whisking until thickened.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and top with green onions if desired.


Bone-in chicken breasts with skin can be substituted for chicken thighs in this recipe. Cooking time may need to be adjusted slightly. 

Ensure chicken reaches 165°F.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 287 | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 915mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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