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!
A Sweet and Savory Bone-In Chicken Recipe
Baked chicken is easy to make, but the results aren’t always very different. Or interesting. Until now, that is! This easy 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.
To top it off, this one is super easy to make, and perfect for those busy weeknights. So if you love sticky chicken, and you’re looking for a new spin on it, try this one!
I highly recommend serving some fragrant jasmine rice, or whatever kind of rice you like, to accent this saucy dish. In fact, you might want to make a double batch because, it’s that good. Leftovers have never looked so appealing.
What You’ll Need
To make this savory dish, you need bone-in chicken thighs and a few simple sauce ingredients. Although it’s so bold and flavorful, it’s not complicated! No fancy items or cooking techniques needed.
- Chicken Thighs: Bone-in skin-on chicken thighs guarantee a robust, mouthwatering dish.
- Flour: For dredging. You can substitute with cornstarch for a gluten free version.
- Oregano, Salt, and Pepper: To season the dredging mixture.
- Honey: Maple syrup will also work.
- Soy Sauce: I like low-sodium, but regular is fine, too. For a gluten free recipe, you can substitute tamari or coconut aminos.
- Garlic: Mince or press the garlic.
- Parsley: Fresh chopped parsley is my favorite, but dried is fine, too.
- Sesame Seed Oil: This scrumptious condiment adds a sweet, nutty flavor to the sauce.
- Rice Vinegar: White vinegar or apple cider vinegar will work too, but the flavor of rice vinegar is really refreshing.
- Hot Sauce: To taste.
- Toasted Sesame Seeds: For garnish.
How to Make Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Thighs
Okay, let’s get into the nitty gritty. Just what do you have to do in order to make this recipe? Here’s the scoop. (Pro tip: the flour-dredging technique here is totally simple, and really delivers in terms of texture and sauciness. Don’t skip it!)
- Prep the Oven and Baking Dish. To get started, first preheat your oven to 400˚F. Next, lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray or oil, and set it aside.
- Dredge the Chicken in Seasoned Flour. To make the seasoned flour, mix the flour, oregano, salt, and pepper together 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.
- Make the Sauce. Next, whisk the sauce ingredients (honey, soy sauce, garlic, parsley, sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, and hot sauce) in a small mixing bowl.
- 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. (Chicken thighs are cooked through when internal temperature registers at 165˚F, but you can cook them a few minutes longer if you like them extra tender. Don’t overcook, or the chicken will be dry.)
- Enjoy! Transfer the chicken to a serving platter, and let it rest for about 5 minutes before garnishing and serving.
What Temperature Should Baked 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
Keep reading for my top tips on making this simple dinner recipe. Honey garlic baked chicken thighs are sure to become a family favorite!
- Chicken Options: You don’t have to stick with chicken thighs for this recipe, if you would rather use another cut. Drumsticks are also fantastic, leg quarters work perfectly, and even chicken breasts or tenders will work – although you have to watch those carefully to make sure they don’t dry out. Boneless chicken will take much less time than bone-in, so adjust accordingly 👈 SUPER important! Just use an Instant Read Meat Thermometer, please. 😊
- Control the Heat: There’s a small amount of hot sauce in this dish, but even so, it’s fairly mild. However, if you want a dish without any heat, feel free to leave out the hot sauce entirely. Need more kick? Try shaking in some crushed red pepper or even replacing the hot sauce with sriracha, to taste.
- Instant Read Thermometer: Using an instant read thermometer (there it is again!) is hands-down 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 165˚F when cooked through.
Side Dishes for Chicken
This dish is perfect with rice, or you could serve it with cauliflower rice for a low-carb option. I also like to add a veggie side or two, like one of these:
- Summer Squash: Steamed, sauteed, or roasted, you can’t go wrong with colorful yellow squash and tender zucchini. For a grill-friendly option, Grilled Summer Squash Kebabs are a favorite!
- Green Beans: Fresh green beans are paired with butter and plenty of garlic in this easy side. Sauteed Garlic Butter Green Beans go with just about anything, and come together in a snap.
- Snap Peas: The natural sweetness of snap peas (not to mention their crisp crunch!) is just right alongside honey garlic chicken. Try these Roasted Sugar Snap Peas with red onion – you’ll love ‘em!
Storing and Reheating Baked Chicken Thighs
- To store, place the cooled leftover chicken in airtight food storage containers, or zip-top bags. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.
- To reheat, just place the chicken in an ovenproof dish covered with foil. Bake at 350°F until heated through. When the chicken is just about ready, take the foil off of the baking dish so that the skin can crisp up for the last ten minutes or so of cooking.
Can I Freeze This?
- Definitely! Honey garlic baked chicken thighs are great for freezing. I like to take the meat off the bones, so that it freezes and thaws faster, but that’s up to you.
- Either way, place the chicken in freezer bags, and press out as much air as possible before sealing.
- Freeze for up to three months, and thaw in the fridge before reheating.
Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Thighs
- 6 to 8 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, or to taste
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste
- toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
- Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towels.
- In a shallow plate combine the flour, oregano, salt, and pepper; mix to combine.
- 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 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.
BethMay 24, 2022 at 4:28 pm
These look so good! I love the honey and garlic flavor combined with the super tender, juicy thighs. Yum!
Katerina PetrovskaMay 25, 2022 at 1:39 pm
I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂
ErikMay 24, 2022 at 5:32 pm
The sauce it phenomenal. So much flavor!
Katerina PetrovskaMay 25, 2022 at 1:38 pm
Thank YOU! Please enjoy! 🙂
KrystleMay 24, 2022 at 7:11 pm
This sauce is lick your plate clean good. A new favorite!
Katerina PetrovskaMay 25, 2022 at 1:38 pm
Thank you so much! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
AmandaMay 24, 2022 at 8:11 pm
Flavor combination is the best you will ever have with chicken, hands down!
Katerina PetrovskaMay 25, 2022 at 1:37 pm
Thank you, Amanda! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
ErinMay 25, 2022 at 4:21 pm
This is so good and amazing! Quickly became a favorite dinner at my house! Thanks for the recipe!
Katerina PetrovskaMay 26, 2022 at 1:34 pm
That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂
CatalinaMay 26, 2022 at 7:09 am
These chicken thighs look so crispy and inviting! My family will love it!
Katerina PetrovskaMay 26, 2022 at 1:31 pm
Thank YOU! Please enjoy! 🙂
Allyson ZeaMay 26, 2022 at 2:11 pm
This sauce was everything!!!
Katerina PetrovskaMay 30, 2022 at 8:38 am
Thank YOU! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Kate CoutermarshSep 25, 2022 at 2:50 pm
Can it be made with chicken breast? Would I have to do something different?
KaterinaSep 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.
EmilyOct 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!
KaterinaOct 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.
GingerOct 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.
LauraNov 28, 2022 at 4:04 am
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 PetrovskaNov 29, 2022 at 12:51 pm
That’s great! I’m very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂
SarahDec 20, 2022 at 7:48 pm
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 TFeb 19, 2023 at 2:14 pm
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!
ElizabethMar 9, 2023 at 10:20 am
Sauce was burned and chicken was not crispy. Would not make again.