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Honey Garlic Chicken is a simple dinner with a sweet and tangy sauce. Made in just 15 minutes made with ingredients you already have on hand, everyone loves this quick and easy meal. Easy chicken dinners are how we roll around here. From our easy Baked Chicken Breasts to Chicken Fried Rice we like ’em quick and simple. This Honey Garlic Chicken is the latest in a long list of favorites!

Honey garlic chicken in a cast iron skillet with a red spoon


If there are one chicken recipes that I could make pretty much any night of the week it would be this one. Chicken cooked to golden perfection, then simmered in a sweet, garlicky sauce that smells heavenly!


Start by whisking together honey, lemon juice, chicken broth, rice wine vinegar and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. This is what will form that luscious honey garlic sauce at the end. Set it aside until it’s time to use it. Grab 3 chicken breasts. You want them to be about the same size so they’ll cook evenly so you may need to lightly pound them. Put them in a ziplock bag or between two pieces of plastic wrap and gently pound them with a meat tenderizer.

Pat the chicken down with some paper towels and season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder on both sides. Heat some oil in a cast iron skillet then add the chicken breasts. Give them a few minutes to cook without moving them so they’ll get a nice sear, then flip them and cook the other side. Add the garlic and the honey sauce to the pan and swirl it around to coat the whole pan. Bring the sauce to a simmer and let it thicken for a few minutes. Serve immediately with some Honey Roasted Carrots and Mashed Potatoes.

Honey garlic chicken in a skillet with the sauce being poured on it.


Yes, you absolutely can! Chicken thighs will take longer to cook, so you’ll need to adjust the cooking time. On the stovetop, boneless, skinless chicken thighs will take about 6 minutes per side. Bone-in, skin-on thighs will need time for the fat to render and the skin to crisp up and that could take 20 minutes or more per side for Honey Garlic Chicken.

All chicken should register 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.

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