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This honey garlic soy sauce chicken recipe is quick, easy, and flavorful. The savory-sweet sauce is made with pantry staples, and this dish is ready in about 30 minutes!

You may also like my Grilled Honey Garlic Shrimp or Honey Garlic Salmon.

a plate with honey soy sauce chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans

Why you’ll love it

My Honey Soy Sauce Pork Chops recipe inspired this one. That simple garlic sauce was just too good to not pair with tender pan-fried chicken as well! The ease of this weeknight chicken dinner is why it’s in my rotation. And who can resist honey garlic? Not me.

This honey soy sauce chicken is very straightforward to make. It’s got a lot more depth of flavor that you’d guess from the short list of pantry ingredients. There’s plenty of garlicky goodness here that perfectly complements the juicy chicken in the quick pan sauce.

What you’ll need

  • Chicken breasts – we’re cutting them in half lengthwise for quicker, more even cooking
  • Garlic powder and pepper – to infuse an extra layer of flavor right into the chicken
  • Flour – it gives the chicken that nice golden crust
  • Butter – for a bit of richness
  • Olive oil – for pan frying
  • Low-sodium chicken broth – to make the base of the sauce
  • Low-sodium soy sauce – it adds a bit of depth/balances the flavors
  • Honey and garlic – everyone’s fave sweet and savory combo!
  • Cornstarch – to thicken the sauce
ingredients for honey soy sauce chicken in prep bowls

Pro tip

I recommend using low-sodium soy sauce and low-sodium chicken broth for this recipe. I did test it with the regular kind, and I think it may be too salty for many people. If you do go that route, maybe skip salting the side dishes.

How to make honey soy sauce chicken

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

dredging chicken in flour and pan frying it in a skillet

Cut the chicken into 4 thinner cutlets, and season with pepper and garlic powder. Dredge in flour. Heat up the oil and half the butter in a skillet. Sear the chicken until golden, then transfer to a plate.

making honey soy sauce garlic sauce in a skillet and adding in chicken

Remove the pan from the heat. Add the broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and rest of the butter. Return to the stove, and let it bubble for a minute or so. Make a cornstarch slurry, then stir it into the sauce. Return the chicken to the pan, and cook through.

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Substitutions and variations

  • You could swap the honey for maple syrup.
  • If needed, you can skip the flour, but it does help the chicken to brown quickly.
  • You can grate about a teaspoon of fresh ginger into this dish if you want to give it a little zing, or add some red pepper flakes for a kick!

What to serve with honey soy sauce chicken

Leftovers and storage

  • Store any leftovers of this garlic soy sauce chicken in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Reheat slowly over a low heat until warmed through.
  • You can freeze this one, but keep in mind the flour coating may get soggy.
a skillet with honey soy sauce chicken

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a plate with honey soy sauce chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans
5 from 13 votes

Honey Garlic Soy Sauce Chicken

This honey garlic soy sauce chicken recipe is quick, easy, and flavorful. The savory-sweet sauce is made with pantry staples, and this dish is ready in about 30 minutes!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Flour for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Cut the chicken in half lengthwise so you have four thinner cutlets. Sprinkle them with the pepper and garlic powder, and then coat each piece in flour.
  • Add 1 tbsp of the butter and the olive oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan's hot, add the chicken. Cook it for 4-5 minutes/side until golden, then transfer to a plate.
  • Take the pan off the heat and add the chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and remaining butter. Return it to the heat and let the sauce bubble for about a minute or so.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 1 teaspoon of cold water, then pour it into the skillet and give it a stir.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan (along with any juices on the plate) and continue cooking until the sauce has reduced a bit and the chicken is fully cooked through (about 5 minutes). You may need to reduce the heat so it's not bubbling like crazy. Serve immediately.


  • If needed, you can skip the flour dredge on the chicken. It helps it nicely brown in a fairly short amount of time and also helps thicken the sauce a bit (but the cornstarch does most of the thickening).


Calories: 253kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 330mg, Potassium: 483mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 209IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1mg

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

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This recipe was originally published on April 22, 2020. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!

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  1. Ashley says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and the kids loved it! So far we’ve tried two of your recipes and they have been added to our rotation! Looking forward to trying more!!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that, Ashley! 😀 Thanks for your review!

  2. Mandy says:

    5 stars
    So quick, easy and good!! Adding this to my don’t feel like cooking rotation!

    1. Natasha says:

      Fantastic!! Thanks, Mandy!

  3. Sheryl says:

    Can you use margarine instead of butter?? I ran out of butter.

    1. Natasha says:

      I think that should be ok.

  4. Brenda says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was truly easy to make, quick and quite tasty.
    I will def save it as a favorite and make again.
    Most items are probably in your pantry

    I did add a touch of cayenne and doubled the amount of sauce. We like sauce….lol

    1. Natasha says:

      I love sauce too lol. I’m so happy you liked it! Thanks for your review!

  5. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and quick to make!

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you liked it, Natalie!

  6. Connie says:

    Can I use boneless chicken thighs?

    1. Natasha says: