Honey Chicken

With a bit of spice and sweetness, this Honey Chicken recipe is great served with rice or noodles. Add your favorite veggies to make it even better!

Honey chicken is one of our favorite quick & easy Asian entrees! We like to serve it with a side of Fried Rice and some Cream Cheese Wontons.

Honey chicken with broccoli over white rice

A Lighter Asian Entree

One of my very favorite foods to make is Chinese food. We love all the dinner recipes, especially the ones with chicken.

We tried a recipe for Honey Chicken today that we all loved because it was flavorful and a little more healthy than some of the other Asian entrees we make.

You see, this honey soy chicken recipe isn’t breaded and is heated up in a small amount of oil. With honey, soy sauce, spices, brown sugar and more, it has the perfect sweet and salty touch that everyone loves with Chinese food.

We’ve had it with white and brown rice (even cauliflower rice), and it’s great both ways, or with noodles. It’s light, tasty, and even the kiddos loved it!

Pieces of raw chicken to use in honey chicken recipe

How to make Honey Chicken

Having this chicken not breaded makes it even easier to make. Just prep your ingredients and make the honey chicken by following these easy steps!

CHICKEN. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and season with some garlic salt & paprika

SAUCE. In a bowl, whisk together your honey, soy sauce, red pepper flakes brown sugar, paprika and garlic salt.

COOK. Cook chicken in hot oil and stir until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Pour in honey mixture and chopped broccoli and continue to cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink and sauce has thickened.

SERVE. Serve over white or brown rice (or noodles).

Note: We added broccoli to this particular recipe because our family likes it, but like most recipes, it can be filled with any of your favorite vegetables/ingredients. Peppers, snow peas, and carrots would all make great additions too.

Additional Tips and Storing

Making ahead of time: I can suggest preparing the ingredients ahead of time, but save the cooking until you’re ready to serve. Cut the chicken breasts and mix up the sauce then place them in separate airtight containers. Store in the fridge for 1-2 days before cooking, or store in the freezer for up 6 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before cooking.

How do I make the Broccoli bright green? Beautifully cooked broccoli is much more appealing than dull broccoli. Blanching the broccoli before adding it to the skillet will help give the veggie a vibrant green color. Blanching veggies is very easy: 

  1. Boil a pot of water
  2. Add the Broccoli. The water should return to a boil after 1 minute. At this point boil for for 2-3 more minutes depending on the size of your florets. You do not want to boil them too much or they’ll get mushy. 
  3. Drain and immediately put the broccoli in cold water.
  4. Once they’ve cooled remove from cold water and dry them. At this point they are ready to be tossed in the skillet

Put leftovers in an airtight container and STORE in the fridge for 3-4 days. For longer storage, put in the freezer for 2-3 months.

For best results REHEAT in a skillet, stir until hot. If you’re in a hurry, you can reheat in the microwave.

Honey Soy Chicken on a plate with rice

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Honey Chicken Recipe

5 from 8 votes
With a bit of spice and sweetness, this Honey Chicken recipe is great served with rice or noodles. Add your favorite veggies to make it even better!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 266 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Honey
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • ½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 ½ tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Broccoli Chopped
  • 2 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar

Instructions
 

  • Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and season with some garlic salt & paprika
  • In a bowl, whisk together your honey, soy sauce, red pepper flakes brown sugar, paprika and garlic salt.
  • Cook chicken in hot oil and stir until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Pour in honey mixture and chopped broccoli and continue to cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink and sauce has thickened. Serve over white or brown rice and ENJOY!

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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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Comments:

    1. It’s in step two of the instructions 🙂 It’s about 5 minutes after cooking the chicken. Hope you love it, as much we do. Thank you!

  1. 5 stars
    This was super delicious and so easy! I made it using pre-cooked and chopped frozen chicken and I just mixed the sauce and chicken all together and cooked at the same time – it turned out wonderful! I added a little bit of ground ginger as well. Very tasty!

  2. 5 stars
    This Honey Chicken was amazing! Served it over sticky rice and have made it with broccoli and asparagus as the veggies. It’s on the menu for this weekend as well. Can’t get enough of it. So easy and delicious; it has a permanent spot in our weekly dinner rotation. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Isn’t it the best!? I love it & I am happy to hear you love it, too! Thank you for letting me know! I’ll have to add those veggies!

  3. 5 stars
    Question about the honey chicken recipe. It says to cook the chicken in hot oil and the add the honey mixture and brocolli. How much oil do you use and do you add the honey mixture to the hot oil with the chicken? I’m a little confused.

    1. You cook the chicken in the 1 1/2 Tablespoons of olive oil & yes, once you’ve cooked the chicken for a little bit, you add the honey mixture & broccoli & continue to cook. Hope that helps! Enjoy!

  4. 5 stars
    This was so good and easy! My husband loved it and so did I. I definitely will be making this again!! Thank you Soo much!

  5. Made this tonight and we loved it! Thank you so much for the recipe!! Only thing id say is if children are eating, maybe dont use pepper flakes! Its wonderful but ProBably to spicy for kids!

    1. I usually use fresh, but you can definitely use frozen, as well. I would just thaw it out & maybe squeeze the liquid out.

  6. 5 stars
    My favorite type of meal is Chinese food, so I am so happy to make it at home. This recipe is easy & so delicious! My family loves when I make it!

  7. 5 stars
    I love love love Asian honey chicken. I order it at PF Chang’s and get excited when Its on the Panda Express menu. This recipe is equally delicious.

  8. 5 stars
    I love the flavor of this dish!! My kids will even eat the broccoli, since it has a delicious flavor too. It is a great family friendly meal!