Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken

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5 from 24 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

This Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken is a stunning 30 minute meal. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. It is a quick, easy chicken recipe that will have you coming back for more.

Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken

Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken was one of those meals that I created when I just wanted a way to make chicken different. A chicken dish that was so flavorful that my family would just love it, the result is this tender and spicy chicken dish that you will love.

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What We Love About This Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

This meal is quick, easy, sweet and spicy. It really hits all the boxes. The sweet comes from delectable honey. Honey is full of such unique benefits, check out a few here.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Perfect for any night of the week or a busy weekend.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry, most are delectable seasonings that elevate the chicken and give it amazing flavor.
  • Family Friendly: It is spicy and sticky and sweet so the whole family will love this tasty chicken meal.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with different sweeteners or soy sauce to change the complexity.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: A wonderful way to make a sandwich or serve the leftovers for lunch the next day.
a top shot of the Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts but you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs if you wish.
  • House Seasoning Blend: Garlic Powder, onion powder, and all the other flavors you like for chicken.
  • Butter: divided.
  • Garlic:minced, six cloves. Is there ever too much garlic?
  • Brown sugar: A brown sugar substitute can also make a great Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken.
  • Honey: One of the star ingredients that makes this dish sticky and sweet.
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Thyme
  • Dried basil
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Garlic and honey for chicken.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken

These are the basic steps for making honey garlic butter chicken. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Making the marinade for the chicken.

STEP 1: PREP

Begin by preheating your oven, then season chicken liberally with salt and pepper and House Seasoning blend and then add 2 tablespoons butter to a large oven-proof skillet and melt over medium high heat. Next, add chicken and sear on both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.

STEP 2: COOK

Then add remaining tablespoon butter to the skillet and melt, next add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Stir in brown sugar, honey, oregano, thyme, basil and crushed red pepper until combined. Return chicken to the skillet.

STEP 3: ROAST

Finally, place pan into oven and roast until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer, about 15 minutes.

Finishing the Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken.

Prep and Storage Tips for the Honey Garlic Chicken Marinade

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

It is a quick 30 minute meal and therefore there is no need to make this dinner in advance. It is best to serve it fresh and hot from the oven in less than 30 minutes.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to five days in an airtight container.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

The chicken will stay good in the freezer for up to six months in a freezer bag or airtight container.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat the chicken in a skillet on the stove top on a medium heat until warm through. Add a little chicken broth or butter to add extra moisture.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken

CAN YOU MAKE WITH DIFFERENT CHICKEN PARTS?

Of course, you can use boneless honey garlic chicken thighs, chicken tenders or even chicken legs. Simply make sure that your chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT SPICES?

Indeed you can. If you want more heat you can try more red pepper flake or a little sriracha. If you are not a fan of heat, reduce or even omit the hot spices.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Yes, as long as the chicken reaches the correct temperature of 165 degrees you can make enough of this recipe for a crowd or just a half batch for date night.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Garnish: A tbsp or two of sliced green onions or sesame seeds make a great addition to the .Honey Glazed Chicken.
  • Oven Safe: Make sure your skillet is oven safe, a cast iron skillet works great for this recipe.
  • Gluten Free: It is easy to use simple ingredients for those who need it.
  • Variation tip: This Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken will make an excellent addition to your football parties. You can serve your favorite bone in wings with this sauce or cut the boneless chicken breast up and serve them as chicken bites.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The air fryer is great for cooking this honey garlic chicken breast. The cook time should be about 9 minutes at 360 degrees.

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Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken
5 from 24 votes

Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken is a stunning 30 minute meal. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. It is a quick, easy chicken recipe that will have you coming back for more.
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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 teaspoon House Seasoning Blend
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Season chicken liberally with House Seasoning Blend, salt and pepper.
  • Add 2 tablespoons butter to a large oven-proof skillet and melt over medium high heat.
  • Add chicken and sear on both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
  • Add remaining tablespoon butter to the skillet and melt.
  • Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in brown sugar, honey, oregano, thyme, basil and crushed red pepper until combined.
  • Return chicken to the skillet.
  • Place skillet into oven and roast until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 15 minutes.

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Expert Tips

  • Garnish: A tbsp or two of sliced green onions or sesame seeds make a great addition to the .Honey Glazed Chicken.
  • Oven Safe: Make sure your skillet is oven safe, a cast iron skillet works great for this recipe.
  • Gluten Free: It is easy to use simple ingredients for those who need it.
  • Variation tip: This Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken will make an excellent addition to your football parties. You can serve your favorite bone in wings with this sauce or cut the boneless chicken breast up and serve them as chicken bites.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: The air fryer is great for cooking this honey garlic chicken breast. The cook time should be about 9 minutes at 360 degrees.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 281IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute recipe, chicken recipe, skillet chicken

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26 thoughts on “Spicy Honey Garlic Chicken”

  1. I’m definitely gonna try this recipe. When I do cook skin & boneless chicken breasts it’s usually bcuz I’m making Chicken Parm, my son’s fav dish. When I get MY fav dish from TGI-Friday’s, I always order 3-4 extra whiskey glaze sauces w/ it. I store them in a plastic freezer bag. So when I cook Salmon or Chicken 4-dinner I can have dat TGIF taste w/o dat TGIF price tag.

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  2. I would love to make this, but the Nutrition panel can’t be right. Is that the total amount of calories and fat for the recipe for 4? Can you clarify? Thanks!

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    • You are right…the nutrition information was way off. I did correct that. Keep in mind, the nutrition information provided is estimated.

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  3. 5 stars
    My crew always enjoys the honey garlic combo so much! We never stray from using chicken breasts, but I love your suggestion to use it on wings!!! Great recipe!

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