Honey-Garlic Chicken

June 12, 2021
36 Ratings
Photo by Posie Harwood
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 3 hours
  • Serves 4
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

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: 10 Instant Pot Chicken Recipes for Comforting Dinners All Week Long. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 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
  1. Mix together the minced garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, 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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19 Reviews

meryl December 15, 2020
Can I substitute chicken breasts for the thighs?
nathanmwhite November 3, 2019
If you double this do you change the cooking time at all in the instant pot?
Posie (. December 15, 2020
I wouldn't.
Suzy Q. April 12, 2019
I made this last night with the halved soy sauce recommendation, and it was pretty good. The sauce is thin if you use the Instant Pot, so I recommend adding in a roux with a tablespoon of cornstarch and using the Saute function to boil and thicken the sauce.
Kristina H. April 5, 2019
Made this last night in my Dutch oven, used rice wine vinegar since that’s what I had on hand. And based on other comments cut soy to 1/3 cup and did rest water. It was really good, whole family liked it.
Lynne P. April 4, 2019
Do I add the apple cider vinegar to the soy sauce / honey / etc mixture?
Posie (. April 4, 2019
Charleen March 1, 2019
I followed the recipe exactly except I used half the soy called for. Sorry, Posie, I really thought this was awful. It was much too salty. Also, the garlic was overpowering and I love garlic. Hubby didn't like it either.
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.
13e 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.
Corinne August 27, 2019
Cover or not?
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
GREAT BLOG! keep working like this..