Add These Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs To Your Dinner Rotation

honey garlic chicken and rice in a bowl topped with sesame seeds and green onions

Honey Garlic Chicken And Rice Is The Perfect Weeknight Meal

Few recipes tick as many of my boxes as the one for honey garlic chicken thighs does. It’s fast, delicious, comes together in one skillet, and is perfect for busy weeknight dinners. It tastes better than take-out while being more budget-friendly, too. And what’s not to like about juicy and tender chicken bites drenched in a sweet and sticky sauce, really?

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Since my readers have said so many positive things about my speedy weeknight dinner recipes, I’ve decided to make a concerted effort to share more of my favorite quick-and-easy recipes. You can never have too many of them in your recipe collection, in my opinion!

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These Asian-inspired chicken thighs are sure to have everyone reaching for seconds (and possibly thirds), and did I mention you only need one pan to make it? If you like rice wine vinegar chicken, garlic chicken, or sticky sauces in general, I’m sure you’ll love this recipe as much as I do!

Give it a try the next time you’re in need of a quick win at dinnertime! :-)

How To Make Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

ingredients for honey garlic chicken and rice recipe sitting on a kitchen counter

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water (or chicken broth)
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce

Directions

Season the chicken thighs well with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then heat a coupe tablespoons of cooking oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs to the pan and cook them for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Step 2: While the chicken is cooking, mix the honey, water, vinegar, and soy sauce together in a small bowl and set aside.

While the chicken is cooking, mix the honey, water, vinegar, and soy sauce together in a small bowl and set aside.

Step 3: When the chicken is done, add the crushed garlic to the pan and cook for about 30 seconds, until the garlic is fragrant.

When the chicken is done, add the crushed garlic to the pan and cook for about 30 seconds, until the garlic is fragrant.

Step 4: Next, pour the liquid mixture from the bowl into the pan. Cook the liquid and chicken together until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3-4 minutes.

Next, pour the liquid mixture from the bowl into the pan. Cook the liquid and chicken together until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3-4 minutes.

Garnish with green onions if desired, and serve warm. I like to serve this dish as honey garlic chicken and rice, but you could spoon it over veggies, pasta, or even a salad if you wanted to.

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Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Jill Nystul
These Asian-inspired chicken thighs have a sweet and tangy sauce that will have you reaching for seconds (and possibly thirds), and it all comes together in a single pan.
4.32 from 22 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Servings 6
Calories 202 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water or chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, and the garlic powder.
  • Heat a couple tablespoons of cooking oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, sear the chicken thighs on both sides and continue cooking until done (about 5-6 minutes per side).
  • Whisk the honey, water, vinegar, and soy sauce together in a small bowl.
  • When the chicken is cooked through, add the crushed garlic to the pan and cook until the garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Pour the sauce mixture into the pan and continue cooking until the sauce thickens slightly (about 3-4 minutes).
  • Garnish with green onions and serve warm over rice or veggies.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 22gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 271mgPotassium: 317mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 27IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Jillee,
    I like how you give us nutritional fact with the recipe. But you’re not giving us a suggested portion size for the information.
    With this recipe, is your portion 4 ounces or 6 ounces, and is that with or without the rice?

  • Is there a good substitute for soy sauce? I game been looking for one because I am terribly allergic to it. Worcestershire and liquid aminos don’t work either for me because of my allergy. It makes it hard to make a delicious sauce. I’d appreciate any help. Love your site and ideas!!

  • Girlfriend, you are over-the-top! I made this for lunch. Husband wants it warmed with cooked rice for his take-along lunch tomorrow for work. We put his hot lunches in a wide mouth Aladdin thermos, and he gets a hot meal without fast food restaurants.
    Excellent!

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