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Honey Garlic Chicken

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This easy flavorful honey garlic chicken recipe can be made right from the comfort of your home.
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  1. Honey Garlic Chicken Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Honey garlic chicken will curb any craving for delicious Asian cuisine. No need to order Chinese takeout to enjoy the sweet, crispy, deliciousness of tender chicken in sauce served over rice.

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Honey Garlic Chicken Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1½ tablespoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (or 1⅛ cups total) honey
  • 2 tablespoons of chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Green onions, chopped, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Cooked rice, for serving

PRO TIP:

You can find sesame oil in two places at the grocery store. It can be found in the baking aisle in the oil section. You can also find it with Asian foods as well. It is usually cheaper if you pick the oil that is in with the Asian foods.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SESAME OIL: You could also use olive oil in place of the sesame oil. If you prefer to use avocado oil or sunflower oil, those would work just fine as well.

RICE: Honey garlic chicken would be delicious served over any type of rice (make sure you try our popular chicken and rice casserole, too!). I love jasmine rice and tend to have it at home, so I usually use that for this recipe, but you could use any type of white rice or brown rice as well.

How To Make This Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

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To keep this recipe at a quick prep and cooking time, you’ll want to be sure that your chicken is fully thawed before you begin cooking it.

STEP ONE: Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

STEP TWO: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add half of the chicken and cook until it begins to turn golden brown on all sides, but not fully cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan onto a paper towel-lined plate lined and keep warm. Drain the skillet. Using the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, repeat these steps for the remaining chicken.

season chicken being cooked in a pan

STEP THREE: Heat the sesame oil in the same large skillet. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add minced garlic. Saute for one minute more.

PRO TIP:

Be careful not to burn the garlic, as burnt garlic will add a sour flavor to your recipe.

onions and garlic cooked in a pan in sesame oil

STEP FOUR: Add the honey, chili sauce, and soy sauce. Bring to a low boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened and reduced enough to coat a spoon.

honey, chili sauce and soy sauce added to the onion mixture in a pan

STEP FIVE: Return the chicken to the pan, stirring to coat the chicken with the garlic and honey sauce, and simmer for 7 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through.

chicken returned to the pan cooked

STEP SIX: Serve the chicken over rice. Sprinkle the chicken with the chopped green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

How To Serve

Serve this delicious chicken over jasmine rice or cauliflower rice with our simple sauteed vegetables on the side for a delicious dinner on busy nights when the whole family is hungry.

We have plenty of easy chicken recipes that are better than takeout. Our sesame chicken and kung pao chicken are two more winners.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftover honey garlic chicken can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will stay good this way for 3 to 5 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Honey garlic chicken also makes for a great freezer meal. You can make a double batch, or throw the leftovers in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, move the chicken to the fridge to allow it to thaw.

close up shot of Honey Garlic Chicken with rice on a plate

Nothing beats crispy, sweet, and tangy chicken from your favorite Chinese takeout. Honey garlic chicken is the absolutely perfect thing to curb your cravings. This recipe is super easy to make at home, it’s delicious and full of flavor.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts in this delicious recipe?

Boneless chicken thighs would also be delicious in this honey chicken recipe.

Can I freeze leftover honey garlic chicken?

This great recipe can be kept frozen in an airtight container for up to three months.

My sauce won’t thicken, is there a way I can fix this?

If you would like a thicker sauce, mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with two tablespoons of water and add it to the sauce. This will thicken up the sauce.

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Honey Garlic Chicken

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This easy flavorful honey garlic chicken recipe can be made right from the comfort of your home.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • tablespoons sesame oil, or olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1⅛ cups honey, (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Green onions, chopped for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Cooked rice, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle the chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add half of the chicken and cook until it begins to turn golden brown on all sides, but not fully cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan onto a plate lined with a paper towel and keep warm. Drain the skillet. Using the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, repeat these steps for the remaining chicken.
  • Heat the sesame oil in the same large skillet. Add the onion and saute until translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic. Saute for one minute more.
  • Add the honey, chili sauce, and soy sauce. Bring to a low boil and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened and reduced enough to coat a spoon.
  • Return the chicken to the pan, stirring to coat the chicken with the sauce, and simmer for 7 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through.
  • Serve the chicken over rice. Sprinkle the chicken with the chopped green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Notes

  • You can find sesame oil in two places at the grocery store. It can be found in the baking aisle in the oil section. You can also find it with Asian foods as well. It is usually cheaper if you pick the oil that is in with the Asian foods.
  • To keep this recipe at a quick prep and cooking time, you’ll want to be sure that your chicken is fully thawed before you begin cooking it.
  • Keep your pan a bit cooler to not burn the garlic. You can always turn it up higher if needed, but burnt garlic will add a sour flavor to your recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 681kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 2337mg | Potassium: 1017mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 80g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg
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