This easy to follow recipe will teach you how to make the most addictive honey garlic chicken thighs that you can have ready in less than half an hour–perfect for busy days and nights. Every single part of this recipe is prepared totally from scratch, meaning you end up with a meal that’s both incredibly tasty and nutritious as well.

How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

This recipe will show you exactly how to prepare your own homemade honey garlic sauce mixture to pair with the chicken thighs:

  • Season the chicken. Season the chicken thighs to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • Prep the flour. Place the flour in a shallow bowl.
  • Coat the chicken. Coat each of the chicken thighs in flour.
  • Prepare the cooking skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and extra virgin olive oil to a skillet and melt over medium heat.
  • Cook the chicken. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and cook for 5 to 6 minutes (or until you can easily flip the chicken over).
  • Flip the chicken. Flip the chicken thighs and continue to cook for 6 to 7 more minutes (or until no longer pink).
  • Remove the chicken. Remove the chicken thighs from the skillet.
  • Add the butter. Add the remaining one tbsp of butter to the skillet.
  • Cook the garlic. Add the minced garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Add the apple cider vinegar, soy sauce and honey and stir to combine.
  • Simmer. Bring the sauce to a simmer and allow it to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes (or until it has thickened to your liking).
  • Return the chicken. Return the chicken thighs to the skillet.
  • Spoon the sauce. Spoon the honey garlic sauce over top of the chicken thighs.
  • Serve. Remove from the stove and serve warm.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken

Can I Make This Recipe with Chicken Breasts?

Yes, you can definitely make this recipe using chicken breasts instead of thighs if you would prefer to avoid using dark meat cuts.

Just keep in mind that since the thighs tend to be more moist and fatty compared to breasts, you may need to add in a bit of extra butter or olive oil to make up for the difference.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken

3 Tips for Cooking with Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs tend to be incredibly flavorful due to how moist they are (along with their fat content). Here are 3 tips for cooking with chicken thighs to make sure that you’re getting the most flavor out of them as possible:

  • Keep the skin on. Leaving the skin on your chicken thighs is a great way to help make sure that they don’t dry out while they cook. It also has the added benefit of leaving your thighs with a perfectly crispy layer of skin after cooking.
  • Use the right type of cooking skillet. Preparing the right type of cooking skillet is essential to cooking perfect chicken thighs. You’ll want to use a non-stick cast iron skillet that’s just a bit on the larger side. This will make sure that you have plenty of room while you cook, so that the thighs don’t end up sticking together.
  • Choose your seasonings carefully. Your choice of seasoning mixture or sauce can truly end up making or breaking your chicken thigh meal. Thankfully, you can use recipes just like this one to always make sure that your seasoning choices are spot on.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken

How to Store Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Allow the chicken thighs to cool completely before transferring them into an airtight container. Seal them up tightly and you can store them in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.

Alternatively, you can freeze your leftover chicken thighs. They will keep for up to 3 months when frozen; just be sure to thaw them out in the fridge before reheating them.

Honey Garlic Chicken

(Also try: Sticky Pineapple Chicken)

Addictive Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 ½ pounds chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey


  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and black pepper. 
  • Place the flour in a shallow bowl. 
  • Coat the chicken thighs in flour. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of butter and olive oil to a skillet and melt over medium heat. 
  • Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes or until you can easily flip over the chicken. 
  • Flip and continue to cook for 6 to 7 more minutes, or until no longer pink. 
  • Remove from the skillet. 
  • Add the reaming butter to the skillet. 
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 
  • Add the apple cider vinegar, soy sauce and honey and stir to combine. 
  • Bring the sauce to simmer and simmer for 1-2 minutes or until thicken. 
  • Return the chicken to the skillet. 
  • Spoon the sauce over the chicken.
  • Remove from stove and serve warm.
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Emma Kelly

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