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Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Thighs

With sesame oil, honey, and plenty of fresh garlic, this recipe for Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Thighs is unbelievably flavorful! If you like sweet, sticky chicken with crispy skin, this one’s for you!

overhead shot of a baking dish with six honey garlic baked chicken thighs garnished with sesame seeds.

Baked chicken is easy to make, and this recipe for honey garlic baked chicken thighs has it all! Crispy skin, meltingly tender chicken, and a finger-lickin’ sauce that’ll have everyone lining up for seconds. They are a perfect meal for those busy weeknights, and I highly recommend serving some fragrant rice to accent this saucy dish.

Honey Garlic Chicken Ingredients

To make this savory dish, you need bone-in chicken thighs and a few simple sauce ingredients.

  • For the Chicken: bone-in skin-on chicken thighs, flour, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • For the Honey Garlic Sauce: honey, soy sauce, garlic, parsley, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, and hot sauce.
  • For Garnish: toasted sesame seeds.

How to Make Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Thighs

  1. Prep the Oven and Baking Dish. First, preheat the oven to 400˚F. Then, lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray or oil, and set it aside.
  2. Dredge the Chicken. Mix the flour, oregano, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels and then coat each chicken thigh in the flour mixture. Place the coated thighs in the baking dish as you go.
  3. Make the Sauce. Next, whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, parsley, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, and hot sauce in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Bake. Pour the sauce over the chicken thighs and turn them to coat evenly. Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until the chicken is done.
  5. Enjoy! Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and let it rest for about 5 minutes before garnishing and serving. 
overhead shot of a baking dish with six honey garlic baked chicken thighs.

What Temperature Should Chicken Thighs Be Cooked At?

Some recipes call for different cooking temperatures, and the truth is, you can do what works best for you. For example, this chicken could be baked at 350˚F instead of 400˚F if needed. It would just take longer to cook. Cooking at a higher temperature may give a slightly crispier skin, and it definitely cooks the chicken faster, but it’s not absolutely necessary.

Tips for Success

  • Chicken Options: You don’t have to use chicken thighs for this recipe. Drumsticks are also fantastic; leg quarters work perfectly, and even chicken breasts or tenders will work – although you have to watch those carefully not to overcook them. Boneless chicken will take much less cooking time than bone-in, so adjust accordingly and use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer to check for doneness.
  • Control the Heat: There’s a small amount of hot sauce in this dish, but even so, it’s fairly mild. However, if you don’t like spicy foods, feel free to leave out the hot sauce. For a spicier dish, add in some crushed red pepper flakes or replace the hot sauce with sriracha.
  • Instant Read Thermometer: Using an instant-read thermometer is the easiest way to tell when your chicken is done! Insert the thermometer into the thickest portion of the thigh, not touching the bone. It should register at 165˚F when cooked through.
overhead shot of a baking dish with six honey garlic baked chicken thighs garnished with sesame seeds.

What To Serve With Chicken Thighs

This dish is perfect with my parmesan rice. I also like to add a veggie side like these Grilled Summer Squash Kebabs, Sauteed Garlic Butter Green Beans, or try these delicious Roasted Sugar Snap Peas.

How To Store

  • To store, place the cooled leftover chicken in airtight food storage containers, or zip-top bags. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, place the chicken in an ovenproof dish covered with foil. Bake at 350°F until heated through.

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overhead shot of a baking dish with six honey garlic baked chicken thighs garnished with sesame seeds.
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4.65 from 14 votes

Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Thighs

With sesame oil, honey, and plenty of fresh garlic, this recipe for Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Thighs is unbelievably flavorful! If you like a sweet, sticky chicken with crispy skin, this recipe is for you!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: chicken thighs in oven, oven baked chicken, sticky chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 677kcal



  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a shallow plate combine the flour, oregano, salt, and pepper; mix to combine.
  • Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels. Coat each chicken thigh in the flour mixture, then transfer to the baking dish in one single layer. Set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together the honey, soy sauce, garlic, parsley, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, and hot sauce. Pour over the chicken thighs and coat them evenly with the honey garlic sauce. Flip them over to coat on both sides.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 30 to 35 minutes or until done. Chicken is cooked through when the internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
  • Remove from oven; transfer to a serving plate and let stand for 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.


  • Ingredient Swaps: Use cornstarch instead of flour if you want a gluten-free version. Honey is key for a touch of sweetness, though maple syrup is a great alternative. When it comes to soy sauce, low-sodium is my go-to, and for a gluten-free dish, try tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Chicken Options: This dish is versatile, and instead of chicken thighs, you can use drumsticks, leg quarters, or even breast meat or tenders, but boneless pieces cook faster, so adjust the cooking time as needed and use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked through.
  • Adjusting Spiciness: The recipe includes a bit of hot sauce for a mild kick, but if spicy isn’t your thing, feel free to skip it. For more heat, though, go ahead and throw in some red pepper flakes or swap the hot sauce for sriracha.
  • Checking for Doneness: The best way to know your chicken is cooked is by using an instant-read thermometer. Pop it into the thickest part of the thigh, steering clear of the bone. You’re aiming for 165˚F for a perfectly cooked chicken.


Calories: 677kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 212mg | Sodium: 1627mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg


  • Beth
    May 24, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    5 stars
    These look so good! I love the honey and garlic flavor combined with the super tender, juicy thighs. Yum!

  • Erik
    May 24, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    5 stars
    The sauce it phenomenal. So much flavor!

  • Krystle
    May 24, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    5 stars
    This sauce is lick your plate clean good. A new favorite!

  • Amanda
    May 24, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    5 stars
    Flavor combination is the best you will ever have with chicken, hands down!

  • Erin
    May 25, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    5 stars
    This is so good and amazing! Quickly became a favorite dinner at my house! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Catalina
    May 26, 2022 at 7:09 am

    5 stars
    These chicken thighs look so crispy and inviting! My family will love it!

  • Allyson Zea
    May 26, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    This sauce was everything!!!

  • Kate Coutermarsh
    Sep 25, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Can it be made with chicken breast? Would I have to do something different?

    • Katerina
      Sep 26, 2022 at 7:01 am

      Chicken breasts do not need to cook for as long as bone-in chicken thighs. I would suggest to start checking for doneness around the 23 to 25-minute mark.

  • Emily
    Oct 6, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    These were delicious but my pan is totally ruined because the sauce burnt. I’m new-ish at cooking so it could’ve been user error. From what I’ve heard, it’s recommended to put “sugary” sauces over the chicken towards the end of baking. I’m not sure, but I thought it was worth mentioning!

    • Katerina
      Oct 7, 2022 at 7:32 am

      Oh no, I’m so sorry about your pan. 🙁 I use a ceramic baking dish for these types of recipes and haven’t really had a problem with burnt pans. But, it does happen to all cooks, beginners or not. 🙃
      If I can suggest to add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup white vinegar to the pan and allow to boil. Use more water & vinegar if you have a large pot or pan. As the liquid boils/simmers, use a spatula or scraper to gently deglaze the bottom of the pan, loosening the bits of burnt food. I hope this helps.

  • Ginger
    Oct 21, 2022 at 1:25 am

    The sauce was really good but the chicken was soggy and the skin never got crispy. I’d make it again if it weren’t for that. And my pan was ruined too.

  • Laura
    Nov 28, 2022 at 4:04 am

    3 stars
    I used skinless chicken thighs. Tasted great, may cut the oregano next time. Family loved it, one wanted chicken breasts, one wanted boneless thighs next time, but overall positive reaction. I used a ceramic baking dish, sauce was burned-ish when it came out of the oven, but cleaned up fine! Most likely will make again! Imho, I like the honey garlic sauce on wings a little better I think!

    • Katerina
      Katerina Petrovska
      Nov 29, 2022 at 12:51 pm

      That’s great! I’m very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Sarah
    Dec 20, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    5 stars
    Omitted the Oregano, made with bone in/skin on thighs and the sauce was perfect. For those with burnt sauce in the pan issues, I used a Pampered Chef ceramic baking dish with parchment. No issues at all!

  • Sue T
    Feb 19, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    5 stars
    I am just making this right now and it smells amazing! I id not have sesame oil I gave it a 5 star because I know I am gonna love it!
    Thank you for this recipe!

  • Elizabeth
    Mar 9, 2023 at 10:20 am

    2 stars
    Sauce was burned and chicken was not crispy. Would not make again.

  • Lucinda Meyer
    Aug 10, 2023 at 6:23 pm

    5 stars
    Turned out great. Got a 10 rating from my fiancee (who really loves Chinese). I used butterflied chicken thighs. Were so tender! I basted them a couple times. Served over white rice with braised bok Choi and cabbage. I doubled the sauce which worked out great. Sauce looked amazing spooned over.
    I lined my baking pans with foil and then sprayed with olive oil. Threw foil away, pans needed slight washing.

  • Marilyn
    Sep 12, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    5 stars
    I made this chicken and loved it. Didn’t have parsley but used green onions as a garnish with the sesame seeds so delicious!

  • Deborah G.
    Jan 9, 2024 at 7:33 pm

    5 stars
    I dredged the chicken the flour mixture and then coated the sauce in the mixing bowl. That kept me from getting sauce splashed in the pan and creating patches that might burn. I lined the pan with parchment papers and it worked perfectly. I could have used more sauce but it is not necessary for the taste. I used sriracha for the hot sauce. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks!

  • Stephan G.
    Feb 8, 2024 at 7:02 pm

    I was WOWED by this recipe tonight! I even spooned the pan drippings over my side of broad egg noodles to savour even more of the syrupy goodness. This recipe is going into rotation for dinner choices in my household. Thank you for sharing this gem!

    • Katerina
      Feb 12, 2024 at 1:49 pm

      I’m so pleased to hear you were WOWED by the recipe and found a great way to enjoy the pan drippings with your noodles! It’s wonderful to know it will be a regular dinner choice in your household. Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Debbie
    Mar 21, 2024 at 11:14 am

    If I used skinless chicken thighs what’s my cooking time?

    • Katerina
      Mar 22, 2024 at 9:13 am

      Do you mean boneless, too? If so, they will need less time in the oven, so start checking them around the 25-minute mark. If you have an instant-read meat thermometer, use it and pull the chicken out as soon as their internal temperature registers at 165˚F. If they are bone-in but skinless, they’ll still need to cook as long as stated in the recipe.

  • Fran
    Apr 21, 2024 at 5:25 pm

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it’s delicious. This recipe is a winner and a keeper!

    • Katerina
      Apr 22, 2024 at 1:32 pm

      Fantastic to hear it was a hit! It’s always great to find a recipe that’s a keeper. Enjoy your delicious discovery! Thank YOU! 🙂


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