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Asian Honey Garlic Chicken can be baked or grilled. It’s bursting with Oriental flavor, and requires just a few ingredients!

Cream Cheese WontonsMoo Goo Gai Pan, and Fried Rice are great additions to round out this feast! Or just serve this tasty Asian honey garlic chicken on a bed of rice for a great meal on it’s own!

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs topped with sesame seeds on a baking sheet

Chinese Garlic Chicken

We love 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 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.

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 marinating it for a bit longer as well. 😉

Chicken thighs and marinade in a ziploc bag

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!

MARINATE. 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!

BAKE. 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.

Recipe Tips + Storing Info

To make in a crock pot, place the chicken and the sauce in the crockpot for 2-4 hours depending on the cut of meat you use and its thickness. But all the steps you follow are the same.

Make this using chicken wings. In order to make great honey garlic chicken wings make sure that the wings are dry before coating in egg and flour, this makes the skin crispier! Bake the wings on a lined cookie sheet for 35 minutes, flipping them after 20 minutes. While these are in the oven make your sauce mixture. Coat the wings in the sauce before placing them back in the oven for 10 minutes flipping them ½ way through. 

Instead use chicken breasts and cube them to make it more of a chicken nugget dish. If you do this you can dredge and coat in breadcrumbs and fry in the pan before topping it with the sauce mixture, and letting it thicken in the pan.

STORE any leftovers covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. 

FREEZE leftovers in a Ziploc freezer bag or air tight container for up to 3 months. Either thaw overnight in the fridge or remove from the freezer bag and microwave on the defrost setting. After the chicken is thawed, heat it up in the oven or microwave until it is hot and cooked all the way through

baked Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken thighs topped with sesame seeds on a baking sheet

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5 from 4 votes

Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Asian Honey Garlic Chicken can be baked or grilled. It's bursting with Oriental flavor, and requires just a few ingredients!
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Marinating Time: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 45 minutes


  • 4 chicken thighs/drumsticks uncooked
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
  • 2 TB honey
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • green onions optional
  • sesame seeds optional
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  • 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!


Calories: 290kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 1472mg, Potassium: 249mg, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 160IU, Vitamin C: 2.1mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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  1. Maryam says:

    5 stars
    Awesome and super easy…i loved it thank you kristyn and i am looking for ur other recipes 🙂

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      You are so welcome!! Thank you for trying it. I hope you find some other ones to try 🙂

  2. Maile says:

    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!!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      You are so welcome!! Thank you for sharing that. I am so glad they all liked it!