Honey Soy Glazed Chicken is marinated in soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil, and green onions and can be cooked in a skillet, on the grill, or quickly broiled for an easy and healthy dinner.
Honey Soy Chicken with a simple five ingredient sauce is the perfect combination of sweet, savory, and just the right amount of stickiness. This easy Asian inspired meal goes great with Healthy Fried Rice or Garlic Sugar Snap Peas.
I am a sucker for anything with honey and soy sauce, so when I saw a delicious sticky soy glazed chicken in the prepared foods section at Whole Foods, I couldn't wait to try making my own version at home. After checking out their ingredients, I made a few adjustments to the ingredient list to make to lighten up the recipe and streamline the ingredients. No one wants to buy twenty plus ingredients to make a simple chicken dish.
I also couldn't help myself and added some garlic to pack in some extra flavor. Everything tastes better with garlic in my opinion. You could also add some fresh ginger as well. If I had some in the house I probably would have added it to punch up the flavor even more. Lastly, to keep things light, I decided to use boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of bone-in chicken thighs. However, this marinade and basic recipe is incredibly versatile and I will share some ideas for making this with chicken thighs, drumsticks, or pork. The honey and soy marinade works with almost any protein.
A few important notes about the recipe. Many people expect this to be a thick, sticky sauce. It actually isn't. The sauce is on the thin side like you see in the picture. To get a thick, sticky sauce you would need to use a lot more honey and it would quickly become much higher in calories and sugar. If you are looking for that kind of thick sauce, I would recommend making a teriyaki style sauce like this Homemade Teriyaki Sauce. Also to get as much flavor as possible, I usually butterfly the chicken into thinner cutlets. You could also cut it into bite sized chunks.
For a different spin on this recipe, you can make really delicious kebobs. Simply cut the chicken breast into large pieces and marinate in the honey and soy mixture. Then thread onto skewers with any vegetables you like. Personally, I like to use green peppers, red onion, pineapple, and mushrooms. Then grill for 4-5 minutes per side until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. You can also broil them for 4-5 minutes per side if you don't have a grill or its too cold to go outside.
Although this is a pretty quick and easy meal, the slow cooker is definitely an option, although I would recommend making a few adjustments. Personally, if I am going to make this in the slow cooker, I like to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead since they are less likely to dry out. Simply add everything to the slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours until the chicken is cooked through. You can then take the cooking liquid and boil it down to make a sauce. If you decide to use chicken breasts, first chop them into large chunks. Then just make sure to cook them on low and check them after 2.5-3 hours. You want to stop the cooking as soon as they are done so they don't dry out.
There are lots of ways to customize this recipe to fit any tastes and work with many different types of protein and cooking methods.
This recipe is one that works great for meal prep since the chicken tastes good hot or cold. For meal prep, first, cook the chicken and let it cool. Then slice it into smaller, bite-size pieces. Serve it over a bed of brown rice, cauliflower rice, or a mixture of the two with some veggies. To make things really easy, many times I will use frozen rice and frozen veggies for meal prep. Since they will be in the fridge, the veggies and rice will defrost by the time you are ready to eat.
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