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Baked Honey Garlic Chicken breasts with a delicious sweet and savory sauce is a quick and easy dinner recipe ready in 30 minutes. Your family will love this simple meal!

baked honey garlic chicken breasts with green onions in baking dish

This honey garlic chicken recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it’s honestly out-of-this-world delicious. My family loves it, and even my pickiest eater has zero complaints! If you’re looking for an easy chicken recipe with few ingredients, this one’s for you!

My grandma used to make honey garlic wings that tasted like our favorite Chinese take-out. But chicken breasts recipes for dinner work better for us. So, I just changed a few things to make this an easy 30 minute meal.

Simple Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients to make honey garlic chicken. Most of them are probably in your fridge or pantry!

  • Chicken breasts — thin ones work best
  • Garlic — I use chopped and garlic powder for max flavor
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar — I use rice vinegar, but regular or apple cider works too
  • Flour or cornstarch — optional, but it thickens the sauce
  • Sea salt — optional

How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken

First, make the simple sauce. Just whisk the honey, soy sauce and vinegar in a mixing bowl. Then, stir in the chopped garlic, and set aside.

honey garlic sauce with chopped garlic in mixing bowl

Next, dust the chicken breasts with flour or cornstarch. This step is optional but recommended. The sauce doesn’t thicken up or stick to the chicken well without it.

Add a little vegetable oil to a baking dish or coat it well with non stick spray. Place the chicken into the baking dish, and season with garlic powder and a little sea salt.

chicken breasts with flour and garlic in a baking dish

Now, pour the sauce over the chicken. You’ll want to lift the chicken up so that the sauce gets underneath the chicken, as well.

Spread the sauce over the chicken so that it’s mostly covered. I try to make most of the garlic sit in the sauce so it doesn’t burn as the chicken cooks.

chicken breasts with garlic and honey soy sauce mix in a baking dish

Bake the chicken for 30 minutes or until it reaches 165 degrees internally. Thin chicken breasts work best. You can slice them in half if you need to. Or, you can also ask for split breasts from the butcher.

For an even richer sauce, I sometimes throw in a tablespoon or 2 of butter towards the end of cooking. Yum. I also like to broil the chicken for about 5 minutes for added color and texture.

baked chicken in honey soy garlic sauce

Chop up a few green onions for flavor and a pop of color Now, you’re ready to eat!

What to Serve with It

We love to serve Instant Pot Jasmine Rice with baked honey garlic chicken. You can also try an easy ramen stir fry or even mashed potatoes. I like to round out the meal with air fryer broccoli, microwave broccoli or asparagus cooked in the microwave or sautéed asparagus on the stove.

spoon sauce over baked chicken breasts
5 from 4 votes

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

By: Dee
Baked Honey Garlic Chicken breasts with a delicious sweet and savory sauce is a quick and easy dinner recipe ready in 30 minutes. Your family will love this simple meal — better than takeout!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil can use cooking spray
  • 4 to 6 small chicken breasts about 2 pounds
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt optional

For the sauce

  • cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
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  • Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk the honey, soy sauce and rice vinegar in a mixing bowl, and add chopped garlic
    soy sauce, honey and vinegar in mixing bowl with chopped garlic
  • Lightly coat the chicken breasts with flour, add vegetable oil to 9 x 13 inch baking dish, place chicken in dish, and sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt, if using
    chicken breasts with garlic and flour in a baking dish
  • Pour sauce over chicken, making sure it gets over and under chicken. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until internal temperature is 165° according to meat thermometer
    chicken breasts with garlic and honey soy sauce mix in a baking dish


Recipe works best with 4 to 6 small to medium chicken breasts. You can slice larger ones in half or use split breasts from the butcher. Larger pieces may require longer cooking time.
Try adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter at the end of cooking for a richer sauce. Broil for about 5 minutes at end for added color and texture, if desired. 


Calories: 229kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 618mg, Potassium: 324mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 23IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Asian
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  1. Amanda Livesay says:

    That sauce is so yummy! We love this chicken for easy dinner nights.5 stars

  2. Beth says:

    So delicious and full of flavor! My family love love loved this recipe! Such a yummy dinner and a big hit here!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That is awesome, Beth! Thank you so much!

  3. Cathy says:

    The sauce is absolutely delicious!

  4. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    I’ve got to try this Baked Honey Garlic Chicken tasty recipe soon!5 stars

  5. Joanna says:

    Our new family favorite! Love all the flavors in this honey garlic chicken!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!