If you’re looking for a delightful, tangy, and sweet chicken dish that’s ready in under an hour, these Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs are perfect for you. Packed with flavor and simple ingredients, it’s an instant favorite that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters! Make sure to check our Lemon Garlic Chicken Bites for another satisfying meal!

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs in a skillet.

Making delicious, wholesome meals doesn’t have to be complicated. These Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs are proof of that! Enjoy this delightful recipe with your family and let it become a staple in your weeknight dinner rotation.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Chicken Thighs: You can substitute chicken thighs with chicken breasts or even pork chops. Make sure to adjust cooking times accordingly.
Soy Sauce: Use tamari or coconut aminos for a gluten-free option.
Rice Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar can be used as an alternative.

Tips and Tricks

Use a Cast Iron Skillet: A well-seasoned cast iron skillet retains heat evenly and is naturally non-stick, making it ideal for this recipe. However, a regular non-stick pan will work too.

Spiciness: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the marinade for a spicy kick that complements the sweetness of the honey beautifully.

Marinade: Prepare the marinade in advance and allow the chicken to soak for a few hours to enhance the flavor.

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs in a skillet. The sauce is being spooned over the top of the cooked chicken.

Storage Instructions

  • Leftover Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating: Reheat in the oven at 350°F until warmed through to preserve the texture. Alternatively, use a microwave.
  • Freezing: Place cooked chicken in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Thawing: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs in a skillet. The sauce is being spooned over the top of the cooked chicken.

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs are tangy, and sweet and ready in under an hour, perfect for a delicious weeknight meal!


  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 medium lemon, squeezed (about 1/4 cup of lemon juice)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 5 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs,
  • green onions, sliced for garnish
  • lemon wedges, for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and garlic. Set aside.
  • Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down, and sear until browned on each side (about 4-5 minutes per side). Reserve about 1 tablespoon of the fat and juices in the pan, then drain the rest.
  • Pour half of the honey mixture over the seared chicken in the skillet. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • If you want to get a nice sear on the chicken, turn on the broiler for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking. Keep a close eye on the chicken to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  • While the chicken is baking, pour the remaining honey mixture into a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let it simmer until the sauce thickens, (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and pour the thickened sauce over the top. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve warm with lemon wedges on the side.

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