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Honey Garlic Chicken

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This Honey Garlic Chicken is a weeknight winner! It’s easy, fast, and tastes amazing. The garlic gives it a big punch of flavor while the lime juice cuts through the sweetness of the honey. It’s perfectly balanced and the whole family will love it!

I have been meaning to post this Honey Garlic Chicken for some time now! I can honestly tell you that I make this meal every…single…week!!

It’s my husband Matt’s favorite meal of all time and he requests it for his work lunches. So we make a big batch at the beginning of the week and pack his lunches. Easy peasy!

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Here’s the best part about this honey garlic chicken…it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish! I’m very thankful that his favorite meal is an easy one.

Here’s what you need to make the Honey Garlic Chicken:

  • 2 lbs of chicken breast cut into 1” cubes
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • Juice from 2 limes

You start by cutting and seasoning the chicken. This is usually the part that Matt helps me with since cutting chicken isn’t my favorite thing to do. I’ve yet to meet anyone who loves touching raw chicken though.

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Then I prep everything else before I start cooking. Since this chicken is cooked on high heat and goes very quickly, I try to avoid scrambling while the chicken is on the stove. Prepping everything before the heat goes on helps to keep things a little less stressful!

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Once you’ve prepped everything, you can heat your butter and olive oil and start cooking the chicken. You don’t want to cook the chicken all the way through at this point. It will keep cooking in the sauce so you don’t want it to dry out.

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Once you’ve cooked the chicken on the outside, you can add in the sauce that you prepped. All you have to do is stir this around while it cooks and turns into a caramelized delicious sauce!

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And yes, it does taste as good as it looks!! There is so much flavor in this honey garlic chicken! I think it’ll quickly become a favorite in your house too! 🙂

5 from 6 votes
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Honey Garlic Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Chicken Recipe, Honey Chicken, Honey Garlic Chicken, Honey Lime Chicken
Servings: 4
Author: Coco and Ash
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken breast (cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter (divided in half)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 large garlic cloves (minced)
  • juice from 2 limes
Instructions
  1. Cut your chicken into 1 inch cubes and season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a small dish, mix together 2 tablespoons of butter, honey, minced garlic, and lime juice. Set this aside. 

  3. Heat a large skillet over high heat. 

  4. Add in the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. 

  5. Add the chicken in as soon as the butter has melted. 

  6. Saute´ the chicken just until it starts to brown on the outside. Since we're cooking with high heat, this will happen quickly!  Don't worry about fully cooking the chicken at this point. (In fact, if you do, the chicken will be dry by the end)

  7. Once you've slightly browned the chicken, add in the remaining ingredients that you prepped. Cook everything until the sauce turns to a caramel color and the chicken is cooked throughout. 

  8. I like to serve this over white rice!. Enjoy! 

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  • Jamie Young
    August 21, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    You cannot beat a delicious meal that is that fast to make! Putting it on my weekday meal planner now!

  • Dannii
    August 21, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    This is one of my favourite ways to cook chicken. We do it in a slow cooker too.

  • Vicky
    August 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I am always looking to get my kids to eat more protein, and I think the sweetness of the honey in this dish will be a hit. Plus, you had me at garlic! The more the better!

    • Coco and Ash
      August 30, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      My kids love it!! Thank you Vicky!

  • Juli
    August 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Anything with garlic is delicious! ok, not anything, but this looks totally good.

  • Kim
    September 2, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Yum, yum, YUUUUUUMMMMY! 😋 Just made this tonight; put it over rice, and it was delicious! As Mindy said, make sure you cook the chicken-sauce, until the sauce browns/carmelizes…this is KEY!

    • Coco and Ash
      September 3, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      So glad you liked it!! 😀😀

  • Dominique El Moussa
    September 3, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I failed miserably and I am a good cook. Chicken overdone because would not caramélisé. Swimming in left over sauce. Actually burned. Ugh! Followed recipe. Not sure what happened.

    • Coco and Ash
      September 3, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Uh oh! Did you cook on very high heat?? What type of pan we’re you using? I’m really interested to know what could have gone wrong because I’ve never had a problem and we make this every single week! So sorry you had a problem with it!

    • Kim
      September 4, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Yes (as mentioned), you really want to keep the heat HIGH. When I first made it, I was nervous about that—not lowering the heat—but it is KEY in the carmelization.

      I would encourage you to try again! Don’t worry and don’t give up…it will work, next time!

  • Dominique El Moussa
    September 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I think probably the mistake was the pan. First I forgot to heat it up before adding oil so it heated together then I added the butter. When melted I added the chicken. For some reason it would not brown on edges even with high heat. Then added sauce but took forever to caramelize and basically burned and was swimming in oily sauce. Also I had to use half chicken thighs because my husband does not eat chicken breast. Ugh

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