Honey garlic chicken served over white rice in a round white dish with a stainless steel fork and a white and blue towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Honey Garlic Chicken over Rice

Bring the flavor of the Chinese buffet home with quick and easy honey garlic chicken. Serve over cooked rice for a full meal.

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During the COVID lockdowns, we stopped going out to eat for a while. We rarely did to begin with, but that stopped for us for a long time. Occasionally, we would order food to be delivered or for pickup. One of the places we used to go to often was a Chinese buffet close by. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any options for food pickup or anything, so we resorted to making our own at home.

One of the dishes I liked was a honey garlic chicken recipe. It was sweet, but with a slight tang to it that I couldn’t quite place. We tried a few different combinations and finally found one that worked! It isn’t perfect, and I’m anxiously awaiting the buffet reopening. But, it at least gets us close to that taste at home.

Honey garlic chicken is easy to make, only needs one pan, and is done in under 30 minutes. Those are my favorite type of meals since we are often busy on weeknights and I hate cleaning a lot of dishes.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cup white rice, cooked
Ingredients for honey garlic chicken in stainless steel bowls on a wooden surface

Preparation

In a medium skillet, cook the chicken over medium-high and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes.

Diced cooked chicken in a skillet on a wooden surface

Mince the garlic and add it to the pan, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and water. Cook, stirring often, until the liquid reduces by about 1/3 and starts to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.

Diced cooked chicken covered in honey garlic sauce in a skillet on a wooden surface

Remove from the heat and serve the chicken over cooked rice.

Honey garlic chicken served over white rice in a round white dish with a stainless steel fork and a white and blue towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Store the leftover honey garlic chicken separate from the rice. They can both go in airtight containers and be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. You can either reheat them in individual pans or mix together to reheat. Cook over medium heat until just warmed through. If it’s dry, add a small amount of soy sauce or water while the chicken heats.

Recipe

Originally Published On: July 26, 2021

Honey garlic chicken served over white rice in a round white dish with a stainless steel fork and a white and blue towel behind all on a wooden surface

Honey Garlic Chicken over Rice

Bring the flavor of the Chinese buffet home with quick and easy honey garlic chicken. Serve over cooked rice for a full meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
Meat:
Chicken/Turkey
Cooking Method:
Copycat Recipe
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One-Pan Meals
Servings: 4
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cup white rice (cooked)

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Instructions

  • In a medium skillet, cook the chicken over medium-high and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes
  • Mince the garlic and add it to the pan, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute
  • Add the apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and water
  • Cook, stirring often, until the liquid reduces by about 1/3 and starts to thicken, about 3-5 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and serve the chicken over cooked rice
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Nutrition Facts
Honey Garlic Chicken over Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 696 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 721mg30%
Potassium 1009mg29%
Carbohydrates 100g33%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 56g112%
Vitamin A 69IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Honey Garlic Chicken FAQs

Is honey garlic chicken gluten-free?

If you can find a soy sauce that is gluten-free, then the rest should be ok. Most soy sauces, though, contain gluten.

What if my sauce doesn’t thicken?

You have a few options. You can either add a bit more honey, since that is thick and should help thicken the sauce. Or, add 1 tsp of cornstarch to 2 tsp of cold water, whisk it together, then mix that into the sauce. This is a typical thickener for almost any type of sauce or soup.

10 thoughts on “Honey Garlic Chicken over Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    Yummy! I love honey chicken. It reminds me of my days living in Malaysia, as there is a huge Chinese community there! Awesome choice for a quick and easy dinner 🙂

  2. Honey garlic chicken is also one of our favourite things to order at our local Chinese take out place. Didn’t realize it was so simple to make. Can’t wait to try this! Looks delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe seems so simple and the pictures of the garlic chicken look so delicious. I do wonder if this recipe can be prepped using an air fryer as opposed to a skillet?

    1. I haven’t tried it in the air fryer before, but now you have me wondering, too, since I love the air fryer. The hardest part would be coating it because you have to cook the sauce together to get the right consistency and can’t do that in the air fryer.

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