Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • Rice
  • Chicken – I typically use chicken thighs for this recipe because I like the darker meat with a little extra flavor however, I sometimes use chicken breast instead, which ever chicken meat I have on hands.
  • Cornstarch – Using cornstarch or flour to coat the chicken before you brown it helps to create a beautiful crust on the outside to lock in the moisture. It also helps to thicken the sauce.
  • Butter & oil – I like to use both butter and oil to sear my chicken sometimes. It helps to prevent too much of a sear aka burn but it also adds a bit of extra buttery flavor which is nice.
  • Garlic – We’re using 5 cloves in this recipe. If you love garlic you’re going to love this recipe! If you don’t love garlic as much as I do feel free to use fewer cloves.
  • Honey – I typically always have raw honey on hand as I do prefer to use unpasteurized honey for health purposes. Not just in this recipe, but for anything! Once heated, it will lose some of those beneficial properties, but I still do prefer the flavor of it. You use what you have, it’ll still be amazing.
  • Apple cider vinegar – This is the tangy sour element that balances out the honey.
  • Salt & pepper – To taste!
  • Fresh parsley – A pop of green and vibrant finishing touch.


  1. Cook all together. Serve over your favorite rice.

Recipe Notes

Cooking Tips & Variations

  • If you prefer to use whole chicken breasts or thighs rather than cutting them up you can. Sometimes it’s nice to serve a whole piece of chicken for fancier occasions. In this case, for a bit more caramelization, place it under the broiler for a couple of minutes in the end.
  • Swap the apple cider vinegar for lemon or lime juice if that’s what you have on hand.
  • For a little heat, throw in some red pepper flakes.
  • Switch up the garnish completely and sprinkle on some toasted sesame seeds instead of parsley.
  • Add some grated ginger with the garlic for an even more authentic Asian flavor.
  • Skip the salt and use soy sauce instead. Adds another layer of yummy flavor!
  • Easily double the amount of sauce used if you like yours really saucy! If you have lots leftover, keep it stored in a jar for a couple of days and use it as a dipping sauce.
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