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Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe – How to Make it in 7 Simple Steps

This is a whole baked honey garlic chicken.

You can buy all sorts of sauces and dressings at the grocery store. The shelves are filled with many kinds, including sweet, spicy, and savory. But did you know that making your own homemade sauces for cooking meats is actually very easy and much, much less expensive than buying pre-made sauces? The great thing about making your own sauces is that you are in control of the flavors in the sauce. Additionally, manufactured sauces typically have greater levels of salt and sugar than homemade sauces. If you are careful about the food that you put in your body, learning to make homemade sauces will give you greater control over the things that you eat. Our recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken has a tasty sauce that you will love.

Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

April Freeman
With a slightly sweet, perfectly seasoned sticky sauce, our recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken will be a recipe that you turn to again and again. You can make the chicken as directed in the recipe, or if you like, you can cook the sauce as directed at the end of the recipe, separate from the chicken, and use it for basting grilled chicken. This chicken is perfect for a stir-fry type recipe, so as you prepare the chicken, go ahead and start cooking a pot of rice and some steamed veggies, with which you can serve the chicken.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings


  • Large Plate
  • Large skillet
  • Medium-Sized Saucepan
  • Spatula


  • 6 pcs Chicken Breasts or 10 Chicken Tenders thawed and pounded thin between 2 sheets of plastic wrap
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oil for Cooking
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 3 teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Water or chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dried Parsley


  • Set the chicken on a plate and sprinkle both sides with salt, pepper, and the garlic powder.
  • Place two tablespoons of cooking oil in a large skillet and heat the oil over medium high heat.
  • Put the chicken in the pan and sear the chicken until it is golden brown, turning it to brown both sides of the meat. Cover the skillet with a tightly fitting lid and cook the chicken for another 10 minutes to ensure it is completely cooked.
  • Remove the lid and drain all but a tablespoon of the oil and liquid from the pan. Sprinkle the garlic over the bottom of the pan in between the chicken pieces. Let the garlic cook for about 30 seconds until it is golden brown and fragrant. 
  • Add the honey, water or broth, vinegar, and soy sauce. Turn the heat up to medium high and cook the sauce for about 3 or 4 minutes until it reduces down to a slightly thickened fragrant sauce. Add the parsley and stir to combine. 
    The chicken pieces are being cooked with its sauces in the skillet.
  • Serve the chicken in bowls over rice with steamed vegetables, spooning the sauce over everything.
    A bowl of honey garlic chicken on rice with broccoli.
  • To make the sauce separately: Heat a teaspoon of oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat and sautee the minced garlic until it is a golden brown color. Add the chicken broth, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, and parsley. Cook the sauce for about 4 or 5 minutes, or until it is slightly thickened. Use the sauce to baste chicken with a brush as you grill it. You can make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator in a jar with a tightly fitting lid for up to a week. You can double the recipe if you plan on making plenty of chicken or if you like chicken with lots of extra sauce.
    A glass of the sauce for the honey garlic chicken.


Honey is a sweet liquid that is created by the insect, the honey bee. While there are thousands of different kinds of bees in the world, the honey bee is the only one that makes this sweet, delicious liquid. Bees fly all over their ranges collecting nectar and pollen from flowers in bloom. They create the honey from these items and store the honey in a waxy honeycomb inside the hive. The bees create honey to consume to keep themselves alive during the cool fall and icy winter months when no flowers are blooming. However, the bees are so industrious that they generally make several times more honey than is needed to stay alive over the winter. Humans learned of the honey in bee hives thousands of years ago, and began caring for the bees to share the delicious honey inside the hives. Good beekeepers learn exactly how much honey to remove from the hives and how much to leave so that the bees can survive over the winter. Honey is the only food item that insects make that humans consume. This recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken features honey as a key ingredient. 
Our recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken features a delicious savory sauce that is incredibly easy to make and is absolutely delicious. The sauce not only adds to the flavor of the chicken, but it also is wonderful drizzled over rice and steamed veggies. This recipe is very easy and quick to make, making it one of those recipes that you will use on a weeknight, when everyone is hungry, and you need something quick, tasty, and filling to make.
Keyword Honey Garlic Chicken, Main Course, Recipe

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