The Quick Fix: 15-Minute Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

Are you craving a delicious homemade meal but short on time? Look no further than this mouthwatering 15-Minute Honey Garlic Chicken recipe! Packed with flavor and easy to whip up, this dish is sure to become a family favorite.


Gather these simple ingredients to get started:

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (or canola oil)
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes (about ½ inch)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, adjust for heat)

Optional for serving:

  • Brown rice
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Lime wedges to squeeze over chicken


Let’s dive into the cooking process:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season chicken lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. Brown chicken on one side in the skillet for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Whisk together honey, soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl to make the glaze.
  5. Add the glaze to the skillet and toss to coat the chicken.
  6. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 4-5 more minutes.

Tips for Perfect Results

  • Don’t overcook the chicken: These small pieces cook fast, so keep an eye on them to prevent overcooking.
  • Try chicken thighs: Substitute chicken thighs for breasts, adjusting the cooking time if needed.
  • Opt for low-sodium soy sauce: Control the sodium content by using low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari.
  • Get creative with serving: Pair with rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or noodles for a complete meal.
  • Store leftovers properly: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3-4 days and reheat before serving.

Serving Suggestions

Enhance your meal with these optional toppings:

  • Steamed rice: Serve as a base for the chicken.
  • Green onions: Sprinkle for freshness and color.
  • Sesame seeds: Add a nutty crunch.
  • Chopped peanuts: Bring extra texture and flavor.
  • Lime wedges: Squeeze over the chicken for a zesty kick.

Substitutions and Dietary Considerations

Explore these alternatives to customize the dish:

  • Chicken thighs: Swap chicken breasts for thighs for a different taste and texture.
  • Gluten-free option: Use gluten-free tamari instead of soy sauce.
  • Vegetarian option: Substitute chicken with tofu or tempeh for a meatless alternative.

Leftover Tips

Make the most of your leftovers with these handy tips:

  • Refrigerate promptly: Store cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Reheat properly: Warm leftovers in the microwave or skillet until heated through.
  • Enjoy within days: Consume leftovers within 3-4 days for optimal freshness.

Nutrition Information

Each serving provides approximately:

  • Calories: 360
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 145mg
  • Sodium: 665mg
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Protein: 54g

Frequently Asked Questions About Honey Garlic Chicken

1. Can I use other proteins instead of chicken? Yes! Tofu or tempeh are great vegetarian options, and you can even try shrimp or beef for a twist.

2. How can I adjust the spice level? For a milder dish, reduce or omit the red pepper flakes. If you like it hot, add more to suit your taste.

3. Can I make this dish ahead of time? While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the sauce in advance and marinate the chicken for extra flavor.

4. What sides pair well with honey garlic chicken? Steamed rice, stir-fried vegetables, or a crisp salad make excellent accompaniments to this dish.

5. Is this recipe suitable for meal prep? Absolutely! Cook a batch ahead of time and portion it out for easy lunches or dinners throughout the week.


In just 15 minutes, you can whip up a flavorful honey garlic chicken that’s sure to impress! Whether you’re cooking for family dinner or meal prepping for the week, this recipe is a winner. Give it a try and enjoy a delicious homemade meal in no time!

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