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Honey Garlic Chicken Easy 1 Pan Recipe

Honey garlic chicken is my go-to for a simple yet satisfying meal.  Its 1-pan affair is in tune with busy schedules and those with a no-frills approach to cooking as it’s a fairly “set it and forget it” kind of recipe.  Tender braised chicken which first gets seared to keep in all the moisture and develop a crispy skin, gets coated in a flavorful sauce reinforced by homemade stock that’s just been bubbling away all day.  The finished product is a 1-pan chicken dish that has amazing depth and flavor done the proper way without the need of opening any pre-packaged boxes or tins.

To be quite frank, this is a dish that was born on the fly and it made so many bellies happy that it’s stayed in my repertoire ever since.  Around the same time last year, I had surprise guests that were coming over and I had the most boring staples in the fridge, one of them being a whole chicken and homemade stock in the fridge.  I’m always left with the more “boring” items since I can’t ever seem to make groceries last as I tear through them as if I were a voracious Tasmanian devil as soon as they get home.  Needless to say, I go to the market often, which is a great thing for me because I enjoy it so much but I guess speaks volumes about my grocery shopping addiction.  I knew that at least 2 of them disliked anything spicy so I knew my 1 pan kimchi braised chicken was out of the question but I knew that the chicken and stock could be the beginning of something great.  If you aren’t in the habit of making your own chicken stock, you’re missing out one some amazing flavors!

I pretty much threw this and that into a pan while I leisurely visited with my guests and set it over low and slow and lo and behold, supper was created.  I credit this success to some star ingredients, primarily my homemade chicken stock and to my solid, sturdy cast iron skillet that can withstand heat, time and weight.  I’ve since tweaked and played around with it and today, bring you juicy succulent chicken braised in a sweet, sticky and savory sauce.  And the sauce it creates?  Heaven on potatoes, pasta, rice….

From personal experience I can assure you that with just a few staple ingredients, this dish is possible, even on a rushed weekday night.  The entire meal comes together and on your plate in less than an hour with no need to marinate or soak the chicken separately.  If you must, you can substitute with tinned chicken stock.  If you don’t have the time to check in on this, you can also throw it all into a crock pot.  It flavors itself as it absorbs the sauce that it cooks in with warm aromatics that will make your home smell like you’ve been slaving over the stove for hours but you know you didn’t.  That can be our little secret.

 

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Honey Garlic Chicken Easy 1 Pan Recipe
 
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Serves: 2-3 Servings
Ingredients
  • Chicken: 2 quarters and 2 breasts, skin on/bone-in, at room temperature
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • Oil, kosher salt, freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tb unsalted butter
  • 1 tb unbleached flour
  • 1 tb soy sauce
  • 1 tb honey
  • 1 c warm chicken stock
  • Freshly chopped flat leaf parsley
Instructions
  1. Rinse and pat each chicken piece dry. Carefully peel back the skin and stuff each piece with crushed garlic. 2 cloves should be distributed evenly.
  2. Oil, salt and pepper the chicken.
  3. In a skillet glazed with oil, lay each piece skin side down. Take care not to over crowd the pan and only flip once when it becomes golden brown.
  4. Brown the other side as well. The purpose is not to cook the chicken here but to develop a golden crust. Take each piece out and set it aside.
  5. In the chicken drippings, toss around the chopped garlic and onions. Salt and pepper. Take out and set aside.
  6. Melt the butter and slowly sprinkle in the flour. Mix well to prevent lumps. Cook out the raw flour taste for a couple minutes then tip in the soy and honey.
  7. Slowly pour in the chicken stock. Mix, mix, mix.
  8. When the sauce begins to thicken slightly, return everything back to the pan and transfer it to the oven set at 350. Braise for 30-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 170.

Love,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

24 thoughts on “Honey Garlic Chicken Easy 1 Pan Recipe

  • Crystal Dillon says:

    Prep chicken wit garlic. Made homemade stock. Diced onion and garlic. Can i throw it all together tomorrow?

  • Dillon,Crystal says:

    Can i prepare most ingredients night before. Such as garlic in chicken. Already made homemade stock and diced up onion and garlic. Can i throw it all together tomorrow?

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  • May J says:

    Found this recipe on YouTube and tried a few pieces last night and LOVED IT so made a bigger batch today! Used skinless chicken breast instead but still very delicious! Thankyou for this awesome and easy recipe <3

  • Brandy says:

    I cannot WAIT to make this! I found your blog today and I am so excited to follow you! 🙂

    • The Squishy Monster says:

      Hello, Brandy! Welcome aboard. I’m very happy that you’re here and hope that you enjoy all the recipes. Happy New Year—Cheers to the best year yet!! HUGE hugs!!

  • schlumbl says:

    Hi!
    I’ve tried your recipe yesterday and it was beyond delicous!
    I love asian food, especially korean. Always yummy!
    I had four big chicken legs and cut them in half, so I had eight pieces and had to double the recipe. I had to fry the chicken in two batches and transfer it to a baking dish. But it turned out great! I overread the part with the homemade chicken stock, noticed it too late when I was in the middle of frying and had to use the dried stock powder. It didn’t matter bacause it’s a really good one so the taste was great.
    I made pasta to go with the sauce, mmmmhhhh.
    Very garlicy, with a great taste of honey.
    My mom loved it, my husband ate the most of it and my son was munching.
    I’ll make it a second time…and a third…and a fourth… 😉
    Thank you very much for this fingerlickin’ dish!
    Greets from Germany!

    • The Squishy Monster says:

      This makes me so happy to hear. Thank you so much for trying this recipe and letting me know! I love when I hear kiddos eating outside the box!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend…much love!!!

  • Your chicken looks awesome! My weekday is so busy with kids activities and one pan dish recipe like this is a keeper! The sauce/glaze look amazing!!

  • Francesca says:

    This looks so lovely and sticky-sweet. Well done, especially in a pinch. yippee!

  • What a great dish to have in your repertoire Angela 🙂

  • 1 pan recipes are the best! I go grocery shopping pretty often too and enjoy it like you!

  • Holy hubcaps… You are amazing. I love this 1 dish recipe, even more that you created it on the fly and it is a winner. 🙂 Where do I get Kosher salt?

    • The Squishy Monster says:

      Hey Anna! I find mine at any market nowadays. You can of course use maldon/fleur de sel/sea salt/fine table/etc but I really love it’s coarse forgiving particles and feel I have better control over it =)

  • Sissi says:

    It’s funny but my mum always used to prepare chicken in sauces this way: first browning the skin side and than adding the rest and simmering. (Of course her ingredients were different). I must post her recipe one day… Needless to say, your chicken looks fantastic!

  • brian says:

    the new Asian KFC~ Kim’s Famous Chicken! 😛 i like chicken with honey..i was sad when they stopped serving straight honey with the Mcnuggets. hahaha..something i like alot is honey_ginger sauce i tried in a japanese restaurant.

  • Lester. says:

    LESTER N1 second ago

    This looks soooooooo delicious Angie! The honey sauce sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing this with us.Have a great week end!
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  • allen says:

    I’m on my way right now

  • Yikes, surprise dinner guests always leave me in a panic too. One pan dishes like this are perfect for those times. I can just imagine what a hit this saucy and sdticky honey garlic chicken was with your guests, it looks amazing! 🙂

  • 1 pan and with such good results? Lovely recipe 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • 1 pan recipes are so amazing. They really save the day when you have a hectic life.

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