Honey Soy Chicken Thighs


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Honey Soy Chicken Thighs – an easy and quick recipe for juicy and aromatic chicken made with pantry staples! These chicken thighs are incredibly simple, yet full of flavor. Just a delicious dinner idea for a busy night!

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs

Honey soy chicken thighs recipe is my favorite choice when I’m too tired to make complicated chicken marinades, yet I want to eat something mouthwatering! It’s sweet, salty… perfect!

You just need a moment to put all the ingredients together, and then, the oven does the rest of the work. 😉 The meat is juicy and tender, and the chicken skin nicely crispy.

The honey soy sauce has a strong flavor, so you don’t need to marinate the thighs before baking. Such a time-saver!

Can I use a chicken breast instead of thighs?

Yes, you can! If you would like to use chicken breast, I do recommend marinating it for a few hours. It’ll not only infuse it with great flavor but most importantly, it’ll make it juicy! You can then, sear it on the pan. Take a look at this recipe for similar instructions – Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken.

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs - an easy and quick recipe for juicy and aromatic chicken made with pantry staples! These chicken thighs are incredibly simple, yet full of flavor. Just a delicious dinner idea for a busy night!
Honey Soy Chicken Thighs - an easy and quick recipe for juicy and aromatic chicken made with pantry staples! These chicken thighs are incredibly simple, yet full of flavor. Just a delicious dinner idea for a busy night!

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs Sauce

Here’s your ingredients checklist for this recipe:

  • Chicken thighs – I used bone-in, skin-on thighs.
  • Soy sauce – all-purpose soy sauce works the best here. Although light soy sauce can be used too. Just be careful about the saltiness!
  • Honey – light, clear honey is the best.
  • Garlic, onion, and optionally carrot – basics. I like to add carrot because it gives extra sweetness to the dish and is super delicious serve with the chicken!
  • Vinegar – a bit of vinegar to balance the flavor. I used rice vinegar, but white wine vinegar, apple vinegar, or even plain white vinegar are great too. If you don’t have any vinegar at home, you can use a bit of lime or lemon juice.
  • Ginger – you can use fresh or ground ginger for this recipe. Don’t worry if you don’t have it, it’s delicious without it too!
  • Chili – to add a bit of kick! Feel free to skip it.
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper

This chicken tastes the best combined with rice and a fresh, green salad or cooked veggies. I love it especially with broccoli, green beans, and asparagus.

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs - an easy and quick recipe for juicy and aromatic chicken made with pantry staples! These chicken thighs are incredibly simple, yet full of flavor. Just a delicious dinner idea for a busy night!
Honey Soy Chicken Thighs - an easy and quick recipe for juicy and aromatic chicken made with pantry staples! These chicken thighs are incredibly simple, yet full of flavor. Just a delicious dinner idea for a busy night!

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Honey Soy Chicken Thighs - an easy and quick recipe for juicy and aromatic chicken made with pantry staples! These chicken thighs are incredibly simple, yet full of flavor. Just a delicious dinner idea for a busy night!

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time55 mins

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 4 Large chicken thighs (or 8 small ones)
 3 Garlic cloves (minced)
 1 Onion (sliced)
 3 tbsp Honey
 3 tbsp All-purpose soy suace
 1 tsp Olive oil
 1 tbsp Rice vinegar (or any other vinegar or lime juice)
 1 tsp Freshly grated ginger (or 1/2 tsp ginger powder, optional)
 1 Fresh, chopped chili (or dried chili flakes, optional)
 1 Carrot (sliced, optional)
 Salt and pepper, to taste
 Cooked rice to serve

1

Heat the oven to 180 Celsius degrees.

2

In a bowl mix together honey, soy sauce, olive oil, ginger, garlic, chili, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and coat in the sauce. Set aside.

3

Prepare the baking dish. I used the glass one. Lay it out with a piece of baking paper.

4

Put sliced onion (and optionally carrot) at the bottom of the dish, then put the chicken thighs skin-side down. Pour remaining sauce.

5

Transfer the dish into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Then remove the dish carefully from the oven, turn the chicken and bake for 25 minutes more.

6

At this point, the sauce should be thick, glaze-like. If it's not the case, you can remove the chicken from the dish and transfer the sauce back for a few minutes more. Or enjoy the dish as it is! 🙂

7

Serve with rice and a salad of choice or cooked veggies.

Ingredients

 4 Large chicken thighs (or 8 small ones)
 3 Garlic cloves (minced)
 1 Onion (sliced)
 3 tbsp Honey
 3 tbsp All-purpose soy suace
 1 tsp Olive oil
 1 tbsp Rice vinegar (or any other vinegar or lime juice)
 1 tsp Freshly grated ginger (or 1/2 tsp ginger powder, optional)
 1 Fresh, chopped chili (or dried chili flakes, optional)
 1 Carrot (sliced, optional)
 Salt and pepper, to taste
 Cooked rice to serve

Directions

1

Heat the oven to 180 Celsius degrees.

2

In a bowl mix together honey, soy sauce, olive oil, ginger, garlic, chili, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and coat in the sauce. Set aside.

3

Prepare the baking dish. I used the glass one. Lay it out with a piece of baking paper.

4

Put sliced onion (and optionally carrot) at the bottom of the dish, then put the chicken thighs skin-side down. Pour remaining sauce.

5

Transfer the dish into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Then remove the dish carefully from the oven, turn the chicken and bake for 25 minutes more.

6

At this point, the sauce should be thick, glaze-like. If it's not the case, you can remove the chicken from the dish and transfer the sauce back for a few minutes more. Or enjoy the dish as it is! 🙂

7

Serve with rice and a salad of choice or cooked veggies.

Honey Soy Chicken Thighs

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8 Comments

  1. Jenn Summers 29 November 2019 at 08:31

    These look delicious and I’m always looking for a new way to cook chicken! I will have to try this!

    Reply
  2. Of Goats and Greens 29 November 2019 at 09:53

    Ah, a recipe for the seriously BEST part of a chicken! Enough honey to brown the skin up nicely, too. Thanks!

    Reply
  3. Life Diet Health 29 November 2019 at 11:17

    Ewa this looks delicious and I don’t even eat chicken! I think my boys would absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday this week – don’t forget to add your party links for a chance to be featured the following week. Enjoy checking out what everyone else is bringing to the Fiesta and have a great weekend.

    Reply
  4. Jenny 30 November 2019 at 06:10

    Yum! I now have a new recipe to try this coming Christmas!

    Reply
  5. Miz Helen 3 December 2019 at 19:35

    The flavor must be amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    Reply
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