Honey Garlic Chicken

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This Honey Garlic Chicken recipe will have everyone begging for seconds! With a caramelized outside and a tender, juicy inside, this sticky sweet chicken is loaded with flavor and SO good it’ll be a family favorite!

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If there’s one thing that’s a staple in our house, it’s chicken! My family would eat it every night of the week if they could and I’m always trying to come up with new recipes to change things up.

Of all our new recipes, honey garlic chicken with Nature Nate’s Honey has become our favorite! This recipe is super easy with just a few ingredients, the most important being the honey of course. I wanted use the best tasting honey I could find and chose Nature Nate’s because they’re the top branded honey company in the country, with honey that’s 100% pure, raw and unfiltered.


Nature Nate’s teams up with the best beekeepers across the country to ensure that the quality of their honey is top notch. Just one taste and you can totally tell the difference…the deep flavors of this premium honey are balanced, sweet and so delish!

I use it for so much more than chicken too. It tastes great in my overnight oats, yogurt, or even as a dipping sauce. I also love it for sweetening my tea and the organic Honey Minis are perfect for when you want just one serving at a time.

Honey Packets with a glass of iced tea

Nature Nate’s is so confident in their honey that they even have a purity guarantee. With everything that goes into the food we eat nowadays, it makes me feel good knowing that each bottle is tested to ensure that it’s simple, pure and tastes like it came straight from the hive.

How To Make Honey Garlic Chicken

That’s why I knew it would be perfect for these honey garlic chicken thighs. Since there are just a few ingredients, quality was extra important. The fact that this recipe is so simple and my family loves it as much as they do is a total win/win!

Just be warned…you’d better keep lots of Nature Nate’s Honey on hand because your family is going to want this for dinner ALL the time!

Start by combining the honey and soy sauce in a bowl, mixing until they’re well blended.

Ingredients for honey garlic chicken

Stir in the minced garlic and ginger. Sometimes I use the minced garlic in a jar to save time but you get so much more flavor when you mince your own garlic.

Mixing ingredients for honey garlic chicken thighs

Pour 1/2 of the mixture into a gallon size plastic bag, then add eight chicken thighs. I like chicken thighs because they’re easy and inexpensive but you can use any cut of chicken you like. This honey garlic marinade tastes delish on chicken wings too (just remember to adjust the cooking times).

Seal the bag, then slide the chicken around inside until it’s evenly covered with the honey mixture.

Honey garlic chicken marinating in bag

Place the bag on a plate with the chicken arranged in a single layer. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (you can let it overnight for even more flavor).

How to cook honey garlic chicken thighs

Once the chicken is marinated, heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken skin side down in a baking dish. If there’s any marinade left in the bag, pour it over the top of the chicken.

Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the chicken over and spoon the other half of the honey garlic marinade over the top.

Bake for another 20 minutes or so. You’ll know your chicken is done when a meat thermometer reads 165.

Honey garlic chicken thighs in baking dish

This chicken recipe looked amazing when it came out of the oven but tasted even better than it looked! I love the way the honey marinade caramelizes in the oven.

Eat these as is or garnish with chives. You can’t go wrong either way!

Honey garlic chicken with bottles of Nature Nate's Honey

What to serve with honey garlic chicken thighs

Because this dish has kind of an Asian theme, I love serving it with rice and snow peas. It goes great with pretty much anything though. Here are some other sides you can serve with honey garlic chicken…

  • broccoli
  • green beans
  • carrots
  • asparagus
  • mushrooms
  • sauteed spinach
  • peppers
  • onions
  • cauliflower
Honey garlic chicken with side dishes

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4.67 from 9 votes

Honey Garlic Chicken

Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
This Honey Garlic Chicken recipe will have everyone begging for seconds! With a caramelized outside and a tender, juicy inside, this sticky sweet chicken is loaded with flavor and so good that it'll be a family favorite!


  • 3/4 cup Nature Nate’s Honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp fresh ginger chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • Chives for garnish optional


  • Combine honey, soy sauce and apple cider vinegar in a medium bowl. Whisk together until well blended.
    3/4 cup Nature Nate’s Honey, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Stir in ginger and garlic.
    4 tbsp fresh ginger, 4 cloves garlic
  • Place chicken pieces in a gallon size storage bag. Pour 1/2 of the honey mixture over the chicken, seal the bag and move the chicken around inside the bag until it’s evenly covered.
    8 chicken thighs
  • Place bag on a plate and refrigerate, letting the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes. I like to turn the bag over halfway through, just to get even more coverage on both sides (totally optional though).
  • When you’re ready to bake, heat the oven to 400° and place chicken in a baking dish, skin side down.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the chicken over. Pour the other 1/2 of the honey mixture over the top and bake for another 15-20 minutes. The chicken is ready when your meat thermometer reads 165°.
  • Garnish with chives and enjoy!
    Chives for garnish


Serving: 1g | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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This recipe turned out so good that everyone wanted seconds! The sweetness of the honey blended perfectly with the flavors of the soy sauce, garlic and ginger!

honey garlic chicken with snow peas and rice

The caramelized skin is what really did it for me though!

Honey Garlic Chicken on a fork

As if having the best honey for our chicken recipes isn’t enough, Nature Nate’s Honey Co. also works hard to help our communities, supporting families across the country with Honey Gives Hope. Their philosophy is that success is measured not just by what we achieve but also by what we contribute.

It’s just another reason to feel good about buying Nature Nate’s! Look for the orange bottle at your favorite store and after you make these honey garlic chicken thighs, try some of these other Nature Nate’s recipes.

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  1. Deanna Wright says:

    Look really good &easy will try it some time this week

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 🙂

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