Honey Soy Chicken

Honey Soy Chicken from

Honey soy chicken is a quick and easy weeknight meal to make. Asian flavors of soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and honey are the base of the delicious sauce that the chicken cooks in! This dish comes together in no time!

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.

Honey soy chicken is a quick and easy weeknight meal to make. Asian flavors of soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and honey are the base of the delicious sauce that the chicken cooks in! This dish comes together in no time!

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.

Honey soy chicken is a quick and easy weeknight meal to make. Asian flavors of soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and honey are the base of the delicious sauce that the chicken cooks in! This dish comes together in no time!

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
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This chicken is so flavorful and will make your house smell oh-so-good!

Servings: 4
  • 1 1/2 - 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
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 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.
Recipe Notes

Video for the recipe can be seen by clicking here!

Lots of people are 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!

Source: adapted from She Wears Many Hats


Posted on May 09, 2013

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. Cheryl
    06/11/2017 at 7:55 pm

    Loved this dish. I served it with white rice and steamed broccoli. My husband is a picky eater and he liked it. Thank you. BTW I used a heavy duty foil to protect my dish. 😀

  2. Dawn
    07/06/2017 at 8:18 pm

    After reading through the comments to see if my question had already been answered, I COMPLETELY get the need for the disclaimers!! Anyhow…could cooking spray (ie: Pam) be used instead of the foil in the pan? I know that’s a trick to use when measuring honey and was wondering if it has been tried. I can’t wait to try this!

    • Julie
      07/10/2017 at 10:41 am

      Hmm, to err on the side of caution, I would say to just use foil and not use the cooking spray. I would hate for you to have a mess to clean up!

  3. Jason Webb
    07/21/2017 at 8:13 pm

    Love this. Easy to make in a half vegan/half meat eater home. Just make stir fry for her and I put this in top of the veggies for me. Make this at least once every couple weeks.

  4. Christine
    07/25/2017 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I made for dinner and my husband loved it! He must have asked me five times before he was done eating to make sure I saved this recipe. Loved the tip about the foil- clean-up was so easy. Thank you again!

    07/29/2017 at 4:09 pm

    Can I make this whole chickens

    • Julie
      07/31/2017 at 8:34 am

      I haven’t tried with whole chickens but I presume you can. You’ll just have to cook it longer and perhaps make more sauce.

  6. Nikki
    08/02/2017 at 9:43 am

    I tried it omg it’s so yummy

  7. michelle
    08/09/2017 at 9:12 pm

    This came out awesome! The funniest thing is I was like nah I’m not using foil. Until I read your detail…then I’m like yeah, I’m going to use foil! Good advise. This dish was great…and easy to clean! Thank you!

  8. Dustin
    08/10/2017 at 3:31 pm

    So good!!! Do you have nutritional facts?

    • Julie
      08/13/2017 at 9:04 am

      Unfortunately, no. There are many reasons as to why I don’t post nutritional information on my recipes, one of which is that I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist so for me to give any sort of nutritional information would be incorrect and inaccurate. There are also many differing factors when it comes to nutritional information and since I do not have the knowledge in this, I do not feel comfortable posting this sort of information. If you must have this information, there are many calculators out there (free and paid) that can help you with calculations. A simple Google search would pull up some of these calculators, but again, I’m not endorsing them as I do not know how accurate they may be.

  9. Koni
    08/23/2017 at 6:44 pm

    I’ve made this per your instructions exactly and it has become a favorite in our family. Then i cooked it for 60 of my closest friends and of course i had to use different size pans and was a little worried but it came out great and everyone loved it. Super tender and full of flavor. Thanks for the great recipe.

  10. Swee Ng
    09/17/2017 at 3:08 pm

    I have made this chicken like 10x over last 3 months!
    My friends keep requesting for it. Thank you so much for sharing this simple but awesomely delicious recipe

  11. Esther
    09/19/2017 at 6:59 pm

    I did everything exactly as you said! Must have been a hole in foil. Dish got sticky residue STUCK to it, chicken, not so much. I will NEVER make this again. Ugh.

    • Julie
      09/19/2017 at 7:09 pm

      Wait, so how is this my fault that you had a hole in the foil?? You’re not going to make a dish again because you had a hole in the foil?

      • Katie
        10/24/2017 at 5:23 pm

        Hahahaha! You must’ve snuck over to her house and put a hole in her foil! Kidding, kidding. I couldn’t resist. Anywho, I’m making this chicken tonight! Sounds delish!

  12. Jenny
    09/22/2017 at 9:22 am

    I made this dish for Rosh Hashanah and everyone loved it! The only thing I changed is that I used fresh ginger instead of ground,(that’s all I had on hand). It looked just like the picture. I will make this again for sure!

  13. Debra
    09/23/2017 at 8:37 pm

    You think it would be ok to cook this on the Weber grill in disposable aluminum pans???

    • Julie
      09/25/2017 at 8:14 am

      Yes, definitely!! You can even sear the exterior too on the grill after they’re done cooking to caramelize the sauce onto the chicken even more!

  14. Mallory
    09/25/2017 at 8:55 pm

    My fiancée and I LOVED this!! My chicken didn’t brown like yours, though. I followed all the instructions to the T. Mine were a lot lighter and didn’t look crispy like yours. It was still delicious, but I feel like we may not know what we’re missing ha! Any suggestions?

    • Julie
      09/26/2017 at 3:24 pm

      I broiled it to get it more brown for photos!

      • Pinnie
        10/14/2017 at 7:08 pm

        Would have been nice if you would have mentioned that little tidbit in your instructions !

      • Amanda
        10/18/2017 at 7:18 pm

        Some of the tips people are getting angry about seem like common sense to me. Dont take it to heart. Thanks for the recipe. I’m making it tonight but added a few drops of another seasoning. Hope I didn’t screw it up! 😁

  15. Andrea
    09/26/2017 at 3:06 pm

    I am making this dish as I write this. The cooked chicken in your video looks nothing like the picture. The picture looks like the chicken was crisped up in a pan or broiled?

    • Julie
      09/26/2017 at 3:24 pm

      Yeah, I stuck it under the broiler for photos. I didn’t do it in the video :)

  16. Mimi
    09/30/2017 at 1:25 pm

    Just made this with chicken breasts! Broiled for the last 3 minutes and it was so yummy! Also accidentally did the extra sesame oil (read 1TBSP instead of 1 tsp) and it was still so good! Thanks for this recipe! Will be checking out some of your others!

    • Millie
      12/04/2017 at 7:32 pm

      Lol I did the same thing with the sesame oil…tablespoon instead of teaspoon. I’m glad I read the comment re broiler Browning. The pic looks great, and I like a little crispness. Making this tonight. Hope it’s a hit.

  17. Joe
    10/01/2017 at 6:42 pm

    Deliciously,tender,juicy and flavorful. Simple to make. Family loves it.

  18. Brooklynn Shelton
    10/02/2017 at 3:44 pm

    Do you think I could put this in the crock pot on high for 4 hours and it still be yummy? I have made this in the oven and I LOVE it, just curious if you have tried to do it in the crockpot :) ?

    • Julie
      10/04/2017 at 10:25 am

      I haven’t tried it with a slow cooker but I believe others have — I can’t quite remember. I honestly don’t think it would ruin it, if that helps!

  19. laurie
    10/12/2017 at 4:21 pm

    I have tried this twice now. I just am not a fan. It smells so good but it seems to have a slight not salty enough bitter sauce. Maybe some hoysein sauce and or duck sauce?

    • Julie
      10/13/2017 at 7:37 am

      Bitter? Perhaps the garlic burned. That’s the only ingredient I know of in this recipe that would get bitter.

  20. Nancy
    10/22/2017 at 5:43 pm

    I have everything but the Sesame Oil. Will that make a big difference?

    • Julie
      10/23/2017 at 6:12 am

      No, you will be okay without it

  21. Marvin
    10/26/2017 at 11:13 am

    Can you make this in a ricecooker

    • Julie
      10/27/2017 at 10:54 am

      I haven’t tried that myself so I cannot answer that with certainty.

  22. Valerie
    11/10/2017 at 6:53 pm

    I have made this recipe numerous times and always comes out amazing. Made the mistake once of using skin on chicken thighs, never again. It made the sauce greasy. I truly suggest using skinless meat. I am making this dish now as I type this, I always use 3 types of chicken, boneless skinless breasts for the husband, boneless skinless thighs for me and legs for my kids. Lol! Of course, 3 different cook times, but it still is always amazing. I make what I call garlic sticky chicken rice and buttered garlicky green beans. My picky kids gobble this up every time! I added a touch of ketchup to see if it can stick more to my chicken 😁. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Ravash
    11/12/2017 at 10:46 am

    Hi, I follow your instructions step by step. I just put my oven on 225 225cantigrad and my chicken thighs had bones. I cooked them for 40 minutes. But nothing changed. It was raw.. Why??? Could you please help me???

    • Julie
      11/12/2017 at 6:13 pm

      Hi, I truly do not know how chicken that has been cooked at such a high degree and for that long, could still be raw. I honestly don’t know what to say because I just don’t think that’s possible.

  24. Ravash
    11/12/2017 at 11:05 am

    I covered the chickens with foil and put cooked them in the oven for 1 hour more in 225 centigrad degree. They were cooked some how. But why??? (My oven is an electrical oven. )

    • Julie
      11/12/2017 at 6:13 pm

      Did you turn on the oven the first time? I honestly don’t know how it would take 1 hour and 40 minutes to cook chicken in such a high degree oven.

  25. Anna
    11/12/2017 at 5:14 pm

    Saved recipe and checked comments. You are so sweet and patient. I have been cooking for 50 years and still learn something new every day.

    • Julie
      11/12/2017 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much!

  26. Jane
    12/09/2017 at 6:42 pm

    Ermahgerd! Amazing! Delicious! A keeper!

  27. Faye
    12/10/2017 at 10:52 am

    I have tried the Holy Yum chicken and loved it. Will try this one this week! Also, I am so glad you have a disclaimer – I get tired of reading reviews, good or bad, where the reviewer changed half of the ingredients! It’s not the same recipe if you do that and the review is really worthless.

  28. Vi
    12/14/2017 at 11:05 pm

    Great recipe. My husband and 5oddler are great fans!

  29. Juli
    01/10/2018 at 7:17 pm

    Can you use chicken breasts instead of thighs and would it cook just as well in the slow cooker? It looks delicious and I would love to try it…..

    • Julie
      01/12/2018 at 7:25 am

      I haven’t tried this in the slow cooker. I definitely prefer dark meat over white meat when it comes to slow cookers anyway because it’ll dry out.

  30. Tammy
    01/18/2018 at 7:16 pm

    Currently in the oven and it smells great.. can’t wait to try it. Glad I read info about broiling!!

  31. Melanie
    01/19/2018 at 7:28 pm

    I made this dish for dinner tonight. It was delicious! I will definitely make it again. I paired it with jasmine rice and broccoli. So good.

  32. Lourilla
    01/20/2018 at 1:49 pm

    Delicious my Wife and all 3 kids loved it very easy to make used tin foil for easy clean
    Thanks for this great recipe

  33. Rebecca
    01/21/2018 at 5:11 pm

    Recipe is delish! Added 1 tbsp cornstarch missed with 1tbsp water to thicken halfway through cooking. It made for a great sauce.

  34. Denise
    01/28/2018 at 3:32 pm

    This recipe was delicious! I had all the ingredients in the house, but honey. I used maple syrup. It was amazing. I figured it was the same consistency.(The day I made it, we were having a big snow storm, wasn’t going out just for honey). My husband and kid loved it, I’m making it again tonight!

  35. Jenny
    02/05/2018 at 8:55 pm

    I made exactly as directed and broiled for 3 minutes per side afterwards. It was really good and very quick and easy to make. Plus no cleanup. Will definitely make this again. I think the marinade would be great on salmon as well.

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