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Honey Soy Chicken


This honey soy chicken is as equally flavorful as its sister, holy yum chicken, but just a different flavor profile! Asian and saucy!

This honey soy chicken is easy to put together and has a great Asian flavor profile for those nights you feel like giving a little pizazz to your dinner!

I came up with honey soy chicken because of the overwhelming response to my holy yum chicken.

Quick and easy chicken dinners that can be made in one casserole dish seems to be the way to your hearts!

I know it is for me because when you’re tired after a long day, the last thing you want to do is make an elaborate dinner.

Have no fear that just because this is an easy chicken recipe that it is lacking in flavor.

It is just the opposite!

Honey soy chicken has so much flavor!

The ingredients in honey soy chicken give it a lot of flavor. Here’s the run down of the ingredient list:

  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
This honey soy chicken is easy to put together and has a great Asian flavor profile for those nights you feel like giving a little pizazz to your dinner!

How do you get it all nicely browned on top?

I stick the entire casserole dish under the broiler to get the nice golden brown color you see in the photos.

This step is absolutely optional and you don’t have to. I obviously did it because I think it looks better and I love a crispy caramelized edge on my chicken thighs.

Can you use chicken breasts?

You can but I love using dark meat/chicken thighs.

They are foolproof and don’t dry out like chicken breasts do.

They also tend to take less time to cook.

This honey soy chicken is easy to put together and has a great Asian flavor profile for those nights you feel like giving a little pizazz to your dinner!

Is the sauce supposed to be thick?

No. I keep getting comments from people saying their sauce is runny.

It’s supposed to be runny like you can see in the photos.

There’s nothing in the ingredients that would make the sauce thick.

I did mention that soy sauce and honey are both sticky ingredients when cooked at high heat but that doesn’t mean the sauce is going to be thick.

I’m saying that the excess sauce that may be on the sides of your baking dish or foil will be sticky/crusty. Hope that clarifies things!

This honey soy chicken is easy to put together and has a great Asian flavor profile for those nights you feel like giving a little pizazz to your dinner!

Can you make this in the slow cooker?

I mean, I guess you could but it already whips up so fast in the oven that I feel putting it in the slow cooker would be a bit of an overkill.

Here are some tips to help you make this honey soy chicken recipe a success!

  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.

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Watch me make the honey soy chicken recipe with this video!


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Honey Soy Chicken

This chicken is so flavorful and will make your house smell oh-so-good!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 403kcal
Author: Julie Chiou


  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (most of the fat cut and discarded)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 8×8″ 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!
  • In small bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ground ginger, and pepper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from oven and let chicken sit for 5 minutes then transfer to a plate. Do NOT discard the liquid.
  • Immediately after plating chicken, pour sauce over top of chicken. It’s delicious so you want all the sauce you can get!
  • Serve with white or brown rice and some steamed veggies.


Source: adapted from She Wears Many Hats
Nutrition Facts
Honey Soy Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 403 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 43g86%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Photography by Ari Laing

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Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Hello, If I use chicken breast I see reduce the time by 10-15 minutes, but should I keep the same cooking temperature? Or reduce that as well??

Julie Chiou

Thursday 14th of January 2021

yes, use the same temperature.

Molly Z.

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

I love this recipe. I’ve made it many times and it is so good! Super easy and I can adjust the garlic and ginger to whatever my taste is that day. My boyfriend loves it, too, and asks that we have it even more often. Thank you for sharing!


Friday 4th of December 2020

Julie this recipe is awesome! I followed your instructions. Remind me bourbon chicken we use to get at the mall. Thank u


Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Delicious. Not as sweet as I thought it might be, which is a good thing. The chicken came out so tender. I loved reading this blog post, Julie’s warnings or disclaimers were a hoot. I can say, I’m definitely glad I followed directions and double foiled my 8x8 pan.

Rosemary Morgan

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

The SOY chicken is a keeper. Used bone in skinless chicken thighs.