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Spicy and sweet honey chicken is great to serve 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 served over white rice.

Sweet + Delicious!

We love Asian dishes for dinner, especially the ones with chicken.

This honey chicken recipe isn’t breaded and is heated up in a small amount of oil. With the flavors of honey and soy sauce, it has the perfect sweet and salty touch that everyone loves with Chinese food.

Why we love it:

  • Easy. With a quick prep, it’s simple for an Asian weeknight meal!
  • Tasty and light! With no breading and a tasty flavor with a little spice, this dish is healthier than other Asian dishes we make.
  • A perfect dinner. Enjoy it with white and brown rice (even Cauliflower Rice) or even Noodles or Chow Mein.
Honey chicken sauce in a glass bowl.

Ingredients

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts chicken thighs also work great!
  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • red pepper flakes
  • paprika
  • garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
  • olive oil
  • broccoli 
  • brown sugar
Chicken cooking up in skillet.

How to Make Honey Chicken

  1. CHICKEN. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and season with some garlic salt & paprika
  2. SAUCE. In a small bowl, whisk together your honey, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, paprika, and garlic salt.
  3. COOK. Cook chicken pieces in a pan of hot oil and stir until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Pour in the honey mixture and chopped broccoli and continue to cook and stir until the chicken is no longer pink and the sauce has thickened.
  4. SERVE. Serve over white or brown rice (or noodles).
  5. GARNISH. Top with sesame seeds and chopped green onion or chives.
Close up image of broccoli and chicken in honey sauce.

Recipe Tips

  • Tender chicken. Soak the chicken pieces in buttermilk for a few hours before draining and using them in the recipe. The acid in the buttermilk will help tenderize the chicken making them tender, flavorful, and moist. 
  • Add vegetables. Easily add in or replace the broccoli with some of your favorite veggies like bell peppers, snow peas, and carrots.
  • Gluten-free. This recipe is gluten-free. Many recipes coat chicken with flour before frying, but this recipe doesn’t.
Honey chicken close up process shot.

Storing Info

  • Making ahead of time. Prepare the ingredients for this honey garlic chicken recipe 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 to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before cooking.
  • STORE leftover easy honey chicken recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • FREEZE for 2-3 months.
    • Reheat leftovers in a large skillet, and stir until hot. The oven or slow cooker will also work to reheat. If you’re in a hurry, reheat in the microwave.
Honey chicken served over a bed of rice.

For More Asian Chicken Dishes:

5 from 12 votes

Honey Chicken Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Spicy and sweet honey chicken is great to serve with rice or noodles. Add your favorite veggies to make it even better!
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup broccoli chopped
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon 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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Notes

Making ahead of time. Prepare the ingredients for this honey garlic chicken recipe 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 to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before cooking.
STORE leftover easy honey chicken recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
FREEZE for 2-3 months.
Reheat leftovers in a large skillet, and stir until hot. The oven or slow cooker will also work to reheat. If you’re in a hurry, reheat in the microwave.

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 873mg, Potassium: 322mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 356IU, Vitamin C: 21mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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About Kristyn

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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19 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My sons girlfriend was the first to stumble across this recipe and my son loved it. I now make this on a regular basis for the entire family!!! We all love it!!!

  2. 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!