Asian Honey Garlic Chicken

This Honey Garlic Chicken is a simple and delicious chicken recipe that can be baked or grilled. It’s bursting with Oriental flavor, and requires just a few ingredients!

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Chinese Garlic Chicken

Who here loves CHICKEN?! I admit, it’s my favorite meat. We have chicken at least a few times each week and it’s something everyone in my family enjoys. Now, to be honest, my kids don’t like real chicken and are more keen on chicken nuggets, but at least it’s chicken (can’t win all my battles, right?!). Since the hubby and I have chicken so often, I’ve been looking for ways to change it up and recently saw this recipe for Asian Garlic Honey Chicken. It looked almost too simple, so I knew I had to give it a try.

The result was super yummy! We love Chinese and other Asian food, so this Honey Garlic Chicken earned a big thumbs up from us. Typically, we make chicken dinners using chicken breasts, but I highly recommend using chicken thighs! The dark meat is so juicy and flavorful, and the skin (which is totally optional) gets so sticky and delicious after it’s cooked in the sauce. We served it over white rice, but you could also serve over salad or even chow mein noodles. However you serve it, it’s an easy recipe that tastes great and is a perfect way to switch up the classic grilled or baked chicken.

Chinese Garlic Chicken

How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs:

What’s the most fantastic part of this recipe you ask? Well aside from the big flavor, juicy chicken meat, and easy prep… It only takes FIVE ingredients to make this delicious Honey Garlic Chicken!! Yep, five ingredients. And you probably already have most of them.

  • Chicken thighs
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic Salt
  • Honey
  • Minced Garlic

The good news is that the preparation is just as simple as the ingredients! All you have to do is combine all the ingredients (minus the chicken) in a gallon sized plastic bag and mix. Add the chicken and let it marinate for a few hours – the longer the better! Put the chicken in a greased baking dish and bake at 425° for 40-45 minutes, turning chicken and basting with marinade again after 30 minutes. And tah-dah! Delicious Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs just like that.

Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken

I like my meat pretty saucy, so if you’re like me, you can double the marinade recipe. If you want to include green onions, mix them in with the marinade in the plastic bag. You can also sprinkle sesame seeds on for garnish after the chicken comes out of the oven if you like. Although we baked it this time, I think we will try grilling it next time, and marinading it for a bit longer as well. 😉

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Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

5 from 2 votes
This Honey Garlic Chicken Is A Simple And Delicious Chicken Recipe That Can Be Baked Or Grilled. It’s Bursting With Oriental Flavor, And Requires Just A Few Ingredients!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marinating Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 290 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 4 chicken thighs/drumsticks uncooked
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 TB honey
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • green onions optional
  • sesame seeds optional


  • Add sauce sauce, garlic salt, honey and minced garlic (and green onions) in gallon size bag. Mix well and add chicken pieces.
  • Marinate for at least a few hours.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place chicken in greased baking dish. Pour remainder of marinade over chicken. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn chicken pieces over and baste with marinade again. Cook an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds if desired. Serve warm over rice or noodles. ENJOY!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is super easy & SO GOOD!! I made it for my family the other night and they were raving about how yummy it is! Definitely staying in our dinner rotation! Thank you Kristyn!!