Honey Soy Chicken

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    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.

    More chicken recipe ideas:

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


    4.71 from 17 votes

    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 (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 403kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 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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  • Monica says:

    Hi Julie – I made a vaguely similar ginger-soy chicken over the weekend for dinner. Let me just say yours looks much better! Your husband is very lucky. : )

  • DessertForTwo says:

    So, you’re saying I have to follow the recipe? I’m not allowed to changed everything about it and leave you nasty comments when it doesn’t work? What’s the point?

    Hah. I knew you’d like that. I think I’ve received the same internet troll as you recently. Got a comment that said “This recipe is shit” the other day. It’s all good, I’m definitely testing my recipes an extra time before posting. I can’t handle the mean comments!

    I’m so glad you’re back to blogging. Was it great taking a break??

    • Julie says:

      Hahaha – love it! I test my recipes as much as I can but you know there are always those people out there. I’m glad I’m back to – it was a great break but for some reason I feel more stressed than I did before, LOL. I think it’s cause I’m going to be out of town so much and also this month is just crazy busy. I thought that was all supposed to end after the wedding?!

  • Tieghan says:

    YUM!! I love the chicken. Seriously, I love all these flavor so much!!

  • Melissa Belanger says:

    Ahhh! I have been waiting for this one to be posted :) Can’t wait to try it. I’m sure I will love it just as much as Holy Yum chicken!

  • Monique says:

    HAHAHAHA at the disclaimer! Its so sad you have to resort to that…
    As I just made my menu plan for the week, I have a hoisin chicken recipe… but this looks much more up my alley. And my bf LOVES asian marinades- but then again, so do I!
    Love this recipe! thanks for sharing.
    And out of curiosity, did you want me to follow the directions as they are? Wasnt sure.

  • Kay says:

    Ooh yum, this looks delicious and I have all of the ingredients at home except the chicken!

  • Flavia says:

    I love a good baked chicken recipe and this one sounds fantastic. I make a Cilantro-Lime rice pilaf that would be perfect to go with this. Welcome back from your honeymoon!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    This look so lip-smackin’ good! Going to have to bookmark this one!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    But what if I don’t like honey… or ginger? ha ;) This looks seriously delicious.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    I LOVE the holy yum chicken (made a double batch for my family the other week and it was gone in ONE sitting)! I cannot wait to make this version! Drooling already. :)

  • Reba - Not So Perfect Life says:

    Love the disclaimer! I often change up ingredients in recipes but I KNOW its my decision. Thanks for the recipe, will def be testing it out… exactly as you have written it ;)

  • Fran says:

    This looks wonderful!! Do you have suggestions for using this recipe with pork tenderloin? Thank you!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Fran, I’d imagine it’d cook the same way, just check to make sure you’re not overcooking the pork every so often and you should be good.

  • Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says:

    I loved holy yum chicken so I know this will be just as great.

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    I dont have a smart alec comment, so I’ll refrain… this time ;) I just read the first comment though and saw them say “your husband…” EEEEEEEEP! So exciting! You have a HUSBAND! Best ever! Sooooooo excited to see you in a week! Xoxo (oh and this chicken looks bomb!)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Yum, this looks absolutely mouth-watering!

  • Gerry @ foodness gracious says:

    Good lord lady…this looks uhhh-mazing! Congrats on your wedding btw!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    I LOVE your disclaimer! Definitely going to be making this soon, I am headed to the store this afternoon, and chicken thighs just made the list!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Wow, what a stunner of a meal! This looks so mouthwatering, Julie!

  • Kristen M. says:

    This looks so delicious! I will definitely give it a try. I love your disclaimer. I don’t get people, if I change up a recipe or play around with one that is on me. I would never blame the source.

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    I’ve made your holy yum chicken and it was indeed, holy yummers! I seriously can’t wait to make this version. To the tee, of course:)

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says:

    UUUU, I like the sauce and have to try it. I had a comment lately that a person that was supposed to be a chef made my recipe and everyone in a restaurant were very unhappy with it :) I just asked how is it possible that a chef did not taste and aprove it first. people write strange things in internet, hahaha.

  • Yen at GHOTH says:

    Ohhh now I can’t decide between making this or chicken adobo. Great recipe and love the disclaimer on the bottom :)

  • Tracey says:

    Oh heck yes, these are some of my favorite flavors so I know we’d love it!!

  • Gillian says:

    BIG FAN of your Holy Yum Chicken and have put lots of my customers on to it. Will def do this one…classic Asian elements. You mentioned very specific dish size….I just made sure the chicken was crammed in tight as I didn’t have that specific size dish. Also……I used bone in thighs as I couldn’t be bothered deboning…..worked well. I’ve adapted all my chicken recipes to bone in thighs (theyre not only cheaper but more tender and flavoursome)….even the famous Chicken Piccarta….and I do it in the oven! G in NewnZealand

  • Kathryn says:

    Oh yeah, I definitely have all of these ingredients at home. This looks like a great option for a quick weeknight supper and so tasty!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    It looks wonderful, Julie. So much great flavor! I love your disclaimer: follow the instructions. You’d be surprised how many readers tell me a recipe didn’t turn out well and then say they changed a huge part of the recipe. Oy.

  • maria says:

    Looks like a winning chicken dinner!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    That is some tasty looking chicken!

  • Laurie {SimplyScratch} says:

    I DO have all the ingredients in my pantry! SCORE! Looks like I know what we’ll be having for dinner this weekend :)

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Oooo, I need this chicken in my life asap! Yum!

  • Guess I need to add some ingredients to my grocery list! This needs to make an appearance at my house soon!

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

    Please come make this for me!!! xx

  • Heather Christo says:

    loooks sooooooo gooood Julie :) thanks for sharing this fast and easy dish :)

  • dixya| Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    as much as I enjoy your close up shots, some days its like a torture when I have to eat free conference food and drool at delicious picture. Not fair. Hope things settle down soon for you.

  • Jaime says:

    Well I had picked up the chicken thighs to make the holy yum chicken (again,since we love it so!) but I think I will make this instead…..looks super YUM!!!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Looks soooo yummy!!

  • Cindy H says:

    This looked so good I printed the recipe earlier this week. I made it tonight with boneless chicken breasts. It was quick and easy, and yes, I did have all the ingredients in my pantry already. It was sensational! My picky eaters, Husband and Child, also like it. A LOT! Definitely a keeper!
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    Totally yummy! Love the color on the chicken. Reminds me of summer grilling :D

  • Gaby Dalkin (@WhatsGabyCookin) says:

    Looks freaking delish! I would devour all of it!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    We LOVE these flavors and I am feeling desperate for new chicken recipes. This sounds amazing!

  • Meredith K says:

    Oh, goodness! This was delicious! My husband and I made this tonight for dinner…so fabulous! Love your blog!

    Congratulations on your wedding!

  • Yuri says:

    I will have to make this recipe this week! On the menu!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I wanted to make the Holy Yum chicken, but I wasn’t sure with the mustard since I’m not a big fan, but this is a version I know I can get on top of! Love all the flavors!

  • marla says:

    Mmmmmm! Such delicious looking chicken :)

  • Vamsi says:

    which part of the chicken is tender, breast part or thigh ?

  • Barbara Coleman says:

    I became a fan of yours at the Holy Yum Chicken recipe. Yes, the recipe is as good as you promised! And even though looking at the ingredients, I thought nope, not gonna like that, it was your passion in the writing that convinced me to try it. It has now become part of the regular rotation in our dinner choices. As a fellow blogger (but not about food) I salute you!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Oh yum! You’ve inspired me to make this… now only if I had a kitchen. ;-)

  • Marty Hannigan says:

    Julie, I like the pictures . how do I print them. I like to save with the recipe so I can remember what the dish is suppose to look like. when I print off the recipe the pictures never come with it

    how is everyone else doing it


    • Julie says:

      Hi Marty. Print friendly versions are basically printer friendly in that they don’t have images so it doesn’t waste a lot of ink – that’s why my print versions are just text. If you want to print it off with the picture, I suggest you just go to file > print from your web browser and print the entire post. Hope that helps.

  • Jen says:

    Oh my goodness! This was AMAZING! My whole family loved it!!! The taste was wonderful! Definitely will be making this again!

  • claylady says:

    We love chicken especially grilled so I have always added soy sauce(light)and garlic to my chicken before grilling and we like it that way but yours sounds extra good so will try it soon.CLinOregon

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