Honey Butter Garlic Chicken

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This Honey Butter Garlic Chicken is loaded with sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. Make it in under 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients.

Here are a few more easy chicken recipes that you may like: Hibachi Chicken, Chinese Mango Chicken Stir Fry, Hunan Chicken, and Spicy Lemon Butter Chicken.

Honey butter garlic chicken served in a bowl.
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About This Recipe

Honey Butter and Garlic Chicken is an easy and quick recipe that uses tender chicken thighs coated with a sticky, sweet, and savory sauce.

With the sweetness of honey, the powerful flavor of garlic, and the richness of butter, the flavors of this dish are spot in.

Make this gluten-free dish in under 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients and serve it with steamed rice, jasmine rice, fried rice, or noodles for a comforting meal.

It has become a family favorite recipe for busy weeknights in our home since it is so easy to pull together quickly.

Ingredients

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Chicken – For this recipe, use boneless and skinless chicken thighs, boneless and skinless chicken breasts, or chicken tenders. Thighs are my preferred choice, as they turn out really juicy.

Garlic – Fresh garlic is highly recommended. Garlic powder won’t give you the same taste.

Honey gives it a sticky texture and a hint of a sweet taste.

Apple Cider Vinegar adds the perfect amount of acidity. You can replace it with lemon juice.

Others – You will also need extra virgin olive oil, salt, ground black pepper, butter (salted or unsalted), and fresh parsley.

Fresh parsley can be replaced with green onions or any other fresh herbs.

You can also add some regular soy sauce or low-sodium soy sauce to this honey garlic chicken recipe.

Add a little Italian seasoning for a taste lift.

How To Make Honey Butter And Garlic Chicken

Rinse 1 pound (500 g) of boneless skinless chicken thighs and pat them dry using paper towels.

Cut them into even bite-sized pieces using a sharp knife. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the following ingredients.

  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoon melted and cooled butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar.
Honey, butter, garlic, salt, pepper and vinegar added to a bowl.
Mixed well.

Heat 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Oil heating in a pan.

Add chicken pieces to the hot skillet and cook for about 5 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through.

Chicken added to the pan.

Reduce the heat to low.

Add the honey butter mixture to the skillet and stir until the chicken is coated with the sauce.

Honey butter mixture added to the pan.

Cook for 3-4 minutes until the sauce is thickened, stirring frequently. The honey caramelizes while cooking, making the chicken darker.

Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.

Ready honey butter garlic chicken.

Pro Tips By Neha

Do not overcook the chicken; otherwise, it will become chewy.

Keep all the ingredients ready before you start to cook.

Cut the chicken into pieces of even size so that they cook evenly.

Try using a cast iron pan to make this recipe. It heats up nicely and evenly, giving the chicken a lovely caramelized taste and a deep, dark color.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I double the sauce?

My recipe makes the honey butter chicken that is on the drier side. If you like a saucy chicken, then go ahead and double the sauce.

If you want it even saucier, stir 4 tablespoon of cornstarch in ½ cup of water and add this slurry to the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the gravy thickens. Replace water with chicken broth (chicken stock) for added flavor.

Variations

You can change this recipe in many ways to suit your taste. Here are a few ideas:

Add spice by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or hot sauce to the honey butter sauce.

Add some chopped rosemary or thyme to the sauce for a savory dish.

Make it extra creamy by adding a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt to the sauce.

Add some chopped nuts or bread crumbs to the recipe for a crunchy texture.

To make it wholesome, add veggies like broccoli florets, mushrooms, green beans, asparagus, zucchini, or bell peppers.

Add a splash of white wine for a complex flavor.

Make it even more indulgent by sprinkling some grated parmesan cheese on top.

Serving Suggestions

This dish goes great with rice, cauliflower rice, noodles, Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes, or a simple salad.

You can fill honey garlic chicken inside of lettuce leaves and make chicken lettuce wraps.

For a complete meal, you could serve steamed or roasted vegetables on the side, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans, etc.

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This Honey Butter Garlic Chicken is loaded with sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. Make it in under 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients (gluten-free).
5 from 2 votes

Honey Butter Garlic Chicken Recipe

This Honey Butter and Garlic Chicken is loaded with sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. Make it in under 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (500 g, cut into even bite-sized pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted and cooled butter (salted and unsalted)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
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Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, butter, garlic, salt, black pepper powder, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Heat olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken pieces to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Reduce the heat to low.
  • Add the honey butter mixture to the skillet and stir until the chicken is coated with the sauce.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes until the sauce is thickened, stirring frequently.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.

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Nutrition

Calories: 326kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Sodium: 752mg, Potassium: 313mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 377IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg
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