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Honey Soy Chicken

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So you know my chicken dish, Holy Yum Chicken? Well, this is holy yum chicken’s Asian sister.

Equally easy to make and equally delicious.

Again, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. I won’t mislead you. I won’t lie to you about something. My results are the pictures above! So clearly, it worked with the recipe below!

It’s as every bit delicious as holy yum chicken, just obviously different flavor profiles. Jason prefers this Asian version but I prefer the mustardy version that the holy yum chicken offers. Definitely all taste preference but honestly, I could never say no to garlic, honey, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Your house will smell ridiculously good.

Sorry I’m not writing a whole lot today..just got a TON of things going on at the moment. You would think things would calm down after the wedding, huh? Nope. Especially since I’ll be out of town again next week…got a lot of loose ends to tie up! *sigh* it never ends here!

Enjoy the recipe :) I bet you already have all ingredients in your pantry!


  1. If you don’t follow directions and want to improvise, that is definitely ok! But please do not come back to yell at me for a failed dish. The instructions are laid out completely above because I have tested it myself and it works the way it’s written above.
  2. If you do not use the right equipment it will likely not turn out either. 8×8″ pan means 8×8″ pan. 2 layers of foil means 2 layers of foil. Why? 8×8″ pan will keep the sauce together and compact and won’t cause it to spread out over a large surface area. If you put it in a larger pan, it will spread, therefore, causing the sauce to get cooked off and you’ll end up with dry chicken and little to no sauce. Double layering the foil insulates the sauces and the chicken, it’ll keep the sauce from burning on the scalding hot pan.
  3. Yes, it really is cooked at 425 degrees. I’m not going to lie to you. Yes, it’s high but it also works (proof: above pictures!)
  4. If you’re using (thin cut) chicken breasts, reduce cooking time by¬†10-15 minutes or you’ll end up with dry chicken.
Honey Soy Chicken
Recipe type: Main Entree, Chicken
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
  • 1½ - 2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken thighs (most of the fat cut and discarded)
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 5 tbsp. honey
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 8x8" oven-proof pan with 2 layers of tin foil. I HIGHLY advise using foil in this dish because soy sauce & honey are STICKY and tend to adhere heavily on glass dishes when cooked at high temperatures. Unless you want to be scrubbing forever, use the foil!
  2. In small bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ground ginger, and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken thighs in the foil layered pan then pour the mixture on top of it. Turn the chicken around in the sauce to make sure it gets all coated.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure the tops are not browning too quickly. If they are, cover with foil and resume baking until chicken is done.
  5. Remove from oven and let chicken sit for 5 minutes then transfer to a plate. Do NOT discard the liquid.
  6. Immediately after plating chicken, pour sauce over top of chicken. It's delicious so you want all the sauce you can get!
  7. Serve with white or brown rice and some steamed veggies.
Source: adapted from She Wears Many Hats


  1. Josh Holmes
    11/09/2015 at 7:55 pm

    I followed your recipe to the measurement. I found the chicken to be incredibly dry. I feel that 40 min is entirely way to long for chicken if you’re baking it at such a high temp. Sauce was great though. Will make it again.

  2. 11/17/2015 at 2:01 pm

    I absolutely love this recipe! I didn’t print it the first time I made it and I’ve been searching for days, thank god I found it!! Going to make it again now. Thank you very very very much! I cook thighs upside down when they are skinless, it helps the tops not dry out too much since the bottom is fattier and traps more sauce. Thanks again!

  3. Vanessa Passic
    11/25/2015 at 7:42 pm

    I make this recipe several times a month. My husband isn’t a huge chicken person, especially thighs but with this recipe he loves it and insists I make it every time I make chicken thighs. The chicken is so perfectly moist, which surprised since it is cooked at such a high temptress for so long. Thank you so much for sharing. I love this recipe.

  4. Owen Palmer
    12/01/2015 at 6:09 pm

    Made it with chicken breasts only as I’m trying to avoid dark meat lately, but the sauce is excellent, and the chicken turned out great. Making it again!

  5. A.K.
    12/02/2015 at 7:12 pm

    Hi! So I made these two times now and I have some thoughts/questions.
    1. I read the disclaimers etc & The first time I used BS Chicken Breast from Costco and a Low sugar Honey substitute (was all I had!) and it came out like the person who said it was a watery mess and had to throw away.
    2. I just tried this again tonight with Chicken thighs from Target, REGULAR honey and did it for 55 minutes (since my chicken was stacked on top of one another inside the dish). After I defrosted them, I used a paper towel to suck up all the water & even blotted moisture from the chicken. It was good but it wasn’t what I expecting ;) I was assuming that with the disclaimer of it being STICKY, that it would create a glazey chicken of some kind. When all was said and done, it was an oily sauce – not really sticky. I’m wondering if the vegetable oil is too much at 3tbsp if it’s meant to be a glaze?
    Even after out of the oven, it never “glazed” up or got sticky like people have mentioned :)
    Thanks so much!

    • Julie
      12/03/2015 at 7:08 am

      When I say ‘sticky,’ the sauce that is up on the edges of the pan/foil, since it’s a thin layer on those edges, it can result in it getting sticky because it essentially gets caramelized on the edges. The sauce itself is not sticky and not like a glaze. If you take a look at the photos above, you’ll see the sauce on the pan. It’s more of a liquid consistency and definitely not like a glaze. Hope that helps you!

    • Mike
      04/17/2016 at 12:08 pm

      This recipe is also amazing with Pork chops.

  6. Alaa Al Khateeb
    12/22/2015 at 10:02 am

    I tried this recipe its soooooo good m whole family lovedddddd it..

  7. Courtney
    01/17/2016 at 6:15 pm

    I made this tonight. It was pretty good. The only thing I used differently was coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. If I was to make this again, I would cut back on the honey. This dish was extremely sweet. Thanks for the recipe

  8. Tammie
    01/19/2016 at 12:53 pm

    We also had seafood and BBQ during the week, but hubby said this was his favorite! I don’t have an 8×8 so I had to use (2) 6-cup pyrex containers that worked fine. The chicken was very moist and flavorful. Loved it and loved that I didn’t have to go out for any ingredients!! I will definitely be making this again!

  9. Kirsty
    01/20/2016 at 4:12 pm

    I loved this recipe, was very tasty. Will definitely be making it again. Thank you! :)

  10. Anessa
    01/24/2016 at 5:56 pm

    We have bone in thighs and legs, do you think it would work for those? We just bought them (they’re cheaper) and vacuum sealed them last night. This sounds delicious!!

    • Julie
      01/26/2016 at 7:36 am

      Yup, they’d be great!

  11. Rebecca
    02/21/2016 at 5:22 pm

    This dish is FANTASTIC. The family loved and haven’t stopped talking about it so I’m making it again tonight! And I didn’t change or substitute a thing. Dont need to. It’s great as is!

  12. Carrie
    02/26/2016 at 10:18 pm

    I made this, but cut the recipe in half and it still worked perfect *phew*
    Also, since oven temperatures vary, I baked it at 420 for 40 min instead. It was soooo goooooood! Thank you for this recipe and the tin foil tip! That really helped ūüėĄ

  13. Colleen
    03/05/2016 at 8:48 pm

    I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious! My girls loved it to which doesn’t always happen. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Micaela
    03/10/2016 at 8:43 pm

    Dinner was spot on. Thanks!

  15. Robert
    03/21/2016 at 5:54 am

    Chicken breasts in electric fan forced oven tum out perfect after 25 minutes at 200C, No need to cover with foil I just turn them after about 10 minutes;

  16. 03/29/2016 at 5:12 pm

    Bless.your.heart. I started reading all the disclaimers and shook my head. Why must people constantly change half of a recipe and then come back and demand to know why their recipe didn’t turn out like yours???

    Ahem. This recipe looks SUPER yummy and I JUST pinned the holy yum too. Hardest decision of my day, which to try TONIGHT and which to try NEXT time??

  17. Jackie
    03/29/2016 at 8:08 pm

    I followed the recipe excactly and it is so delicious! Kids love it too! I Just put it in my “permanent” recipe book and will be made often! Thanks!

  18. Roy Stamps
    04/12/2016 at 1:51 pm

    First, I would like to say I did not follow the recipe at all. That said, it did not turn out well. This was a huge miss and disappointment.

  19. Misslevy
    04/20/2016 at 9:36 am

    Question. Is there anything I can substitute the ginger for? I am only asking, because my car is in the shop and I don’t have any ginger for tonight :/.. Also will This work with chicken tenders? If not I will just save this for another day :).

    • Julie
      04/20/2016 at 2:24 pm

      You can just omit the ginger. And yes, this will work with chicken tenders, I just wouldn’t have it in the oven for the full time. Maybe half!

      • Misslevy
        04/20/2016 at 2:26 pm

        Great!! Thank you so much for your reply!

  20. Misslevy
    04/21/2016 at 2:51 am

    Made this last night and it was so good! I didn’t have ginger or low sodium soy sauce just regular soy sauce and it was still a big hiit! I love how much extra sauce you get.

  21. Vicki
    05/02/2016 at 10:51 am

    I made this last night and it was absolutely fantastic! The chicken was tender and moist and delicious. I made 3 lb of chicken thighs so I did use a 9×13 baking dish and doubled the sauce. It worked perfectly. The kids and husband loved it as well so I will definitely be making it again.

  22. 05/07/2016 at 10:32 pm

    I always make lunches in bulk on Sundays, often enough it’s some variation of baked chicken breast and rice. Haven’t finished cooking your recipe for honey soy chicken, but it’s almost done and I can tell it’s going to be delicious! I’d almost cook this just for the sole purpose of flooding the house with yummy smells. Ive made a double quantity to cater to three adults for the next five days of lunches (15 serves).

  23. Sheila
    05/10/2016 at 9:14 pm

    Great recipe I’m trying this ASAP. But instead of thighs can I try on eons just less time???

    • Sheila
      05/10/2016 at 9:15 pm

      I meant to say wings…

      • Julie
        05/11/2016 at 7:14 am

        Yes, you could probably use wings instead. I’d reduce the cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

  24. Sarah
    05/25/2016 at 1:26 am

    Disclaimer, I followed the recipe most of the way. :-P
    I used 3 chicken breast.
    Husband doesn’t like dishes that are too sweet, so I reduced honey to 3TBSP. I used Liquid Aminos instead of Soy Sauce.
    I added either half to teaspoon of Five Spice — I just eye balled and tasted the sauce add as desired.
    I cooked in 400F, 10 minutes, then flipped until Meat thermometer reads 165F and beeps — this way I didn’t have to time it.
    Husband approved! :-D
    Thank you! :-D

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