Honey-Garlic Chicken

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

A simple weeknight chicken dinner with a sticky-sweet honey garlic sauce. I like to serve this over greens mixed with rice or mashed sweet potatoes.

If you don't have an Instant Pot or slow cooker, just whisk the sauce together and coat the chicken with it. Nestle the chicken in an oven-proof skillet or Dutch oven and bake at 425° F for 20 minutes.

Posie (Harwood) Brien

Serves: 4
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 3 hrs


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium is ideal)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
In This Recipe


  1. Mix together the minced garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, and oregano. Pour the mixture over the chicken and stir to coat it well.
  2. Add the chicken to a slow cooker or pressure cooker (like an Instant Pot). (If you don't have one, see the recipe note above).
  3. Seal and cook for 3 hours on high, if using a slow cooker, or 20 minutes at high pressure if using a pressure cooker, then release the pressure manually.
  4. Top with the sesame seeds and scallions for garnish.

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Reviews (10) Questions (1)

10 Reviews

arete16 July 24, 2018
I gather the vinegar is added with the other ingredients making up the sauce that is then poured over the chicken?
Meghan H. June 2, 2018
I love this recipe. I am making right now for the second time!!
Linda D. May 28, 2018
Thank you so much for this savory and simple meal, Posie. I have made it twice so far; the second time I doubled the recipe. The leftovers were delicious.
Julie May 22, 2018
This is an easy and DELICIOUS recipe! So flavorful and tender! It is in our permanent rotation.
ew20611 April 24, 2018
If you're cooking in dutch oven or skillet, do you use lid or not?
Kt4 December 31, 2018
I'd also like to know the answer to this.
Michelle H. April 22, 2018
Excellent recipe. I always tweak things a bit, so I added ginger and gochujang and a bit more vinegar. Heavenly!
FrugalCat April 19, 2018
So good and so easy. I have a small slow cooker and cut the recipe in half.
KimmyV April 18, 2018
I tripled this recipe. I ran out of soy sauce so I used 1/2 c. water and 1 c soy sauce. It was so good. My family loved it! I had a little bit left over and it tasted even better the next day. Great recipe.
CATCHFREEDEAL April 17, 2018