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Honey Garlic Chicken Breast

Do you marinate the chicken?

Nope! You sear it, then pour over a simple glaze of soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, Sriracha, and honey and bake the chicken until it’s cooked through, about 25 minutes. The flavor will soak into the chicken as it bakes, so no marinade necessary.

Can I use chicken thighs in this recipe?

You sure can! In fact, watch the below video for instructions using thighs. You don’t need to sear thighs for quite as long before pouring in the marinade.

How do I know when the chicken is cooked through?

Chicken is cooked through when its juices run clear. You can also use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165º.

Honey Garlic Chicken Breast

An incredible quick and easy way to serve up chicken breast – seared then simmered in the most amazing honey garlic sauce. Don’t be deceived by the short ingredient list! It’s absolutely worth the extra step of dusting the chicken with flour because it creates a crust for the sauce to cling to.
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 323 kcal


  • 1/3 cups honey or maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or white or other clear vinegar
  • 3 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cups flour Note 1
  • 500 g chicken breast boneless and skinless
  • pepper
  • salt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce Note 2


  • Cut the breasts in half horizontally to create 4 steaks in total. Sprinkle each side with salt and pepper.
  • Place flour in a shallow dish. Coat chicken in flour and shake off excess.
  • Melt most of the butter in a large skillet over high heat – hold back about 1 tsp for later.
  • Place chicken in skillet and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until golden. Turn and cook the other side for 1 minute.
  • Turn heat down slightly to medium high.
  • Make a bit of room in the pan and add garlic and top with remaining dab of butter. Stir garlic briefly once butter melts.
  • Add vinegar, soy sauce and honey. Stir / shake pan to combine. Bring sauce to simmer, then simmer for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.
  • Turn chicken to coat in sauce. If the sauce gets too thick, add a touch of water and stir.
  • Remove from stove immediately. Place chicken on plates and drizzle over remaining sauce.


1. Gluten free – use cornflour / cornstarch instead. It won’t brown quite as evenly but once covered in sauce, you won’t know the difference.
2. Soy Sauce – Light or all purpose soy sauce is suitable for this recipe. I don’t recommend using Dark Soy Sauce (flavour will dominate, bottle label will say if it is Dark Soy Sauce).
3. Other proteins: This sauce is ideal to use for any protein that is suitable for searing in a pan. Use chops, steaks, cutlets! Follow the recipe as written, including dusting the protein with flour. Just adjust the cook time – the trick is to add the garlic and other sauce ingredients before it is fully cooked through, so the meat finishes cooking as the sauce reduces down into a syrupy consistency.
Tofu – Use FIRM tofu. Cut “steaks” about 0.75cm / 1/4″ thick. Pat dry, spray or rub with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, THEN lightly coat with flour. Coat base of skillet with oil over medium high heat, then cook tofu 1 min each side until crispy, then remove onto paper towels. Then make the sauce in a small saucepan or skillet using just 2 tbsp (30g) butter (instead of 3.5 tbsp), following recipe from Step 5. Serve with crispy tofu!
Prawns/shrimp – use large prawns (thaw, drain well and pat dry if using frozen). Lightly coat prawns with flour per recipe and sear for 1 minute on the first side, then just 30 seconds on the other side before proceeding with Step 5.
Fish – cook per recipe for chicken breast. This sauce is very, very good with fish! This is a good sauce for economical fish because it’s a strong flavoured sauce. For expensive fish, I think it’s better to let the flavour of the fish come through and serve with an elegant sauce like this Lemon Butter Sauce.
4. Nutrition per serving, assuming you scrape every drop of Sauce from the pan, and why wouldn’t you? 
Keyword chicken, Honey Garlic Chicken Breast

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