Honey Garlic Chicken

Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken made with tender chicken simmered in a sweet, sticky, spicy honey sauce. The ultimate honey garlic chicken recipe is way better than take-out. 

honey garlic chickenMade with just a handful of wholesome ingredients, like chicken, rice wine vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes. You’ll love how easy this chicken dish is to prepare and the leftovers are ever better. 

This honey garlic chicken was so good and the chicken is incredibly tender, my husband scraped every single grain of sauce-covered rice off his plate. I highly recommend doubling this recipe if you’re family is as crazy about Chinese takeout as we are. 

Why You’ll Love Honey Garlic Chicken

  • Way better than take-out 
  • Easy to make in just 30 minutes
  • The chicken is so tender and simmers in the sauce as it thickens
  • Out of this world flavor that is both sweet, tangy, sticky and spicy (but not too hot)

honey garlic chicken

Key Ingredients

Here’s what this honey garlic chicken is made of: 

Chicken tenders – you can use thighs but I highly recommend chicken tenders for this recipe. 

Cornstarch – just a few tablespoons is all that’s needed to coat the chicken

Garlic – about 4-5 cloves will impart the right amount of aromatics to the sauce.

Honey – use real honey for this recipe

Chicken stock – this is added to the sauce

Soy sauce – I prefer light soy sauce so it’s not overly salty

Rice wine vinegar – adds the tang to balance out the sweetness, saltiness and spice.

Red pepper flakes – sometimes I’ll use a combination of garlic chili crisp and red pepper flakes

Butter – just a few tablespoons to saute the garlic in for the base of the sauce.

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How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the sauce: chicken stock, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and honey (and garlic chili crisp if using). Whisk until it comes together (heating for 30 seconds in the microwave if needed to incorporate the honey) Set aside.  honey garlic chicken
  2. Start with seasoning the chicken with salt and pepper, then coating in cornstarch. In a large skillet, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil (or vegetable oil) over medium heat. Add the chicken, cooking in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side until it’s a light golden brown, then transfer to a dish and tent with foil. honey garlic chicken honey garlic chicken 
  3. In the same skillet over medium-low, add in the butter and allow to melt. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in the sauce and combine with the butter and garlic, then add in the chicken and submerge them in the sauce. Turn heat to low and allow to simmer at a low boil and cook for about 10 minutes or until sauce liquid has evaporated and sauce is thickened. honey garlic chicken honey garlic chicken
  4. Top the chicken with red pepper flakes and minced fresh parsley. Serve over rice and with a side of broccoli.  

honey garlic chicken

Tools I Love 

Caraway – white and gold pan set

Garlic Press

Disposable Cutting Board – perfect for cutting garlic!

honey garlic chicken

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Honey Garlic Chicken

Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken made with tender chicken simmered in a sweet, spicy and sticky honey sauce. The ultimate honey garlic chicken recipe is way better than take-out. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mallory Austin

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs chicken tenders
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 large cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic chili crisp optional (like momofuku)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes mild less based on your spice preference
  • Serve with rice and steamed broccoli

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients: chicken stock, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and honey (and garlic chili crisp if using). Whisk until it comes together (heating for 30 seconds in the microwave if needed to incorporate the honey) Set aside.
  • Start with seasoning the chicken with salt and pepper, then coating in cornstarch. In a large skillet, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil (or vegetable oil) over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken, cooking in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side until it's a light golden brown, then transfer to a dish and tent with foil.
  • In the same skillet over medium-low, add in the butter and allow to melt. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in the sauce and combine with the butter and garlic, then add in the chicken and submerge them in the sauce.
  • Turn heat to low and allow to simmer at a low boil and cook for about 10 minutes or until sauce liquid has mostly evaporated and sauce has thickened.
  • Top the chicken with red pepper flakes and minced fresh parsley. Serve over rice and with a side of broccoli.
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