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15- Minute Honey Garlic Chicken

Seared chicken tenders smothered in the most amazing sticky sauce prepared with honey, hot sauce, garlic, and soy sauce. This family favorite is very easy to make, it is absolutely DELICIOUS, and can be on the table in just 15 minutes using pantry ingredients. 

For a complete dinner, serve this with Jasmine Rice or Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice, and a simple green salad on the side. 

Honey Garlic Chicken

Skip the takeout and make this quick and easy chicken dinner at home in just 15 minutes! You will LOVE the sweet and garlicky sauce poured over the crispy, juicy chicken. It’s a restaurant style recipe that adds up to a wonderful and tasty homemade dinner. Mark my words, this recipe will be an instant hit!

A one skillet meal, ideal for weeknights, but it’s just as perfect served as an appetizer on game-day nights! When that sauce hits the skillet, the smell will let you know just how amazing this is going to be.

side shot of chicken tenders cooking in a skillet

For anyone that’s been around here for longer than a minute, this recipe will come as no surprise because, you know I LOVE honey + garlic + protein. Checkit: Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken, Honey Garlic Pork, Honey Garlic Salmon, and so on and so forth. I just can’t resist the sauce! Vegetarians, try it with TOFU. AH.MAZE.ING. 😍

Recipe Ingredients:

This is a short list of ingredients – you’re welcome!

  • Chicken Tenders
  • Cornstarch: for coating – makes the chicken a little crispy. eeeek! 
  • Salt + Pepper + Dried Oregano
  • olive oil + butter
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • Sriracha/Hot Sauce
  • White Wine Vinegar

raw chicken tenders coated with cornstarch

How To Make Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders

  1. Combine cornstarch, salt, pepper, and oregano in a shallow plate.
  2. Coat chicken tenders with the cornstarch mixture.
  3. In the meantime heat up a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in a 12-inch skillet set over medium-high heat. 
  4. Add the chicken tenders to the hot skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Turn over the chicken, add a tablespoon of butter, and continue to cook for 4 more minutes, or until cooked through. Use an Instant Read Thermometer to check for doneness. Chicken is cooked through when internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce: combine honey, garlic, soy sauce, hot sauce, and vinegar in a small bowl, and whisk until completely incorporated.
  6. Pour sauce over the chicken tenders and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until sauce starts to thicken.
  7. Remove from heat; garnish with parsley and sesame seeds (optional).
  8. Serve with the pan sauce. 

whisking honey garlic sauce in a glass mixing bowl

What to serve with chicken tenders

How To Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Allow chicken to come to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container; spoon the sauce over the chicken, and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  • You can also freeze the chicken tenders for 3 months.
  • To reheat, place the chicken tenders in a baking dish and bake at 250˚F degrees until they are warmed through. OR, use your trusted, quick and efficient microwave. 🤷‍♀️ 

overhead shot of honey garlic chicken in a skillet

More Honey Garlic Chicken Recipes


overhead shot of honey garlic chicken tenders in a skillet

Honey Garlic Chicken

Katerina | Diethood
Seared chicken tenders smothered in the most amazing sticky sauce! This family favorite is easy to make, it's delicious, and can be on the table in 15 minutes.
5 from 57 votes
Servings : 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, (white vinegar, rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, are also OK to use)
  • ½ tablespoon sriracha/hot chili sauce, or to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


  • In a shallow plate combine cornstarch, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Coat chicken tenders with cornstarch mixture.
  • In the meantime, heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken tenders to the hot skillet and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Flip over the chicken tenders, add remaining butter to the skillet and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  • In the meantime, combine garlic, honey, soy sauce, white vinegar, and hot chili sauce in a mixing bowl; whisk to combine. If you like more heat, add more of the hot chili sauce.
  • Lower heat to medium.
  • Add sauce to the chicken and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Turn chicken over to coat with sauce.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish chicken with parsley and sesame seeds.
  • Drizzle with pan sauce.
  • Serve.


Calories: 291 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 25 g | Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 88 mg | Sodium: 784 mg | Potassium: 443 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 13 g | Vitamin A: 209 IU | Vitamin C: 3 mg | Calcium: 18 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 19 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American, Asian, Fusion
Keyword: chicken tenders, chinese takeout, garlic chicken, honey chicken, honey garlic sauce, low calorie chicken dinner
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87 comments on “15- Minute Honey Garlic Chicken”

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    Kelli Allison

    I never leave reviews on recipes, but this one deserves alllll the stars. Not only was it a quick and easy recipe to follow, but was also AHH-mazing! This will be going into my rotation, for sure.

  2. Absolutely delicious. I made extra sauce and served it with basmati rice and garlic green beans. It was a hit with my family. The sauce would be good on so many things, not just chicken tenders.

  3. Wow! This is so delicious. The only alteration I made was doubling the garlic. A side of steamed broccoli made this one bang-up dinner. I’m definitely putting this recipe into my regular rotation. Thank you for sharing!

  4. This was easy and delicious. I added stir fry veggies so next time will double or triple the sauce.

  5. Best chicken recipe ever! We like it with shrimp, also! We have it with fried rice and broccoli. Delicious!!!

  6. Outstanding and so easy!! I did use a little more cornstarch for the coating and a little more honey. Came out delicious!! Will definitely make this again!!

  7. So easy and so tasty!! I cook the garlic with the chicken instead of putting it directly in the sauce. It’s a little too garlicky for me when I put it directly in the sauce, but still good.

    1. My family devoured thus.
      Made recipe exactly as recipe calls and it was great.
      Served with rice and broccoli 💖

  8. This was delicious and so easy to make. Even my picky DH loved it. He commented multiple times how good it was. I used rice vinegar and cut the sriracha sauce in half.

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    Tiffany Howard

    I want to try this one but I don’t have sriracha or hot chili sauce so could I just omit it all together and use all the other ingredients?

  10. As usual I guesstimated quantities of ingredients. Also didn’t want garlic. So easy and it turned out great!

    1. Hi!
      Glad you liked it! ☺️
      The quantities, and all other things involved, like ingredients, directions, notes, and so on, are in the recipe card which is located right above the comments section. You can also click on “Jump to Recipe” at the top of the post, right under the recipe title.

  11. This recipe quickly became a family favorite! So quick and easy and it is delicious! We serve it with Jasmine rice.

  12. I rarely comment on recipes, but I had to this time. This is amazing! My entire family loved it and my husband kept talking about how delicious it was! This really is restaurant quality at a fraction of the cost!! Thank you SO much!!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      That’s wonderful! I’m very glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank you for chiming in! 🙂

  13. Hello! You had me at sticky and delicious! The ratings and comments convinced me to prepare this dish tonight. I do not have sriracha or hot chili sauce. We like a little sweet heat. Could I add 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes ordo you have other recommendations for substitutes? Thanks

  14. Really yummy, left out the hot sauce as the 13 month old was eating it too. I used apple cider vinegar as that’s what I had on hand and gluten free tamari. It was a hit with all of us, just some steamed veg on the side.

  15. I cook for a family of six and this was soooooo good.. The kids even liked it and we a a couple of picky eaters. It is definitely on the weekly dinner list. Thank you so much!!!!🙂

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      That’s wonderful to hear! I’m very happy everyone loved it! Thank you for chiming in! 🙂

  16. I cook for a family of six and this was soooooo good.. The kids even liked it and we a a couple of those. It is definitely on the weekly dinner list. Thank you so much!!!!🙂

  17. Tonight will be my 3rd time making this delicious recipe in 4 weeks.
    My family and I absolutely love the tenderness of the chicken and the sticky sauce. It’s now a staple in our dinner rotation.

  18. I loved it and the flavors are spot on. I changed a lot but this recipe would be awesome on its own. My biggest suggestion is to use a fork and not a whisk to mix the sauce. My whisk just got full of honey and garlic lol. I blanched broccoli and added it into the pan when I added the sauce and it works great. Served over rice ☺️

    Next time I’ll cut the tenders into strips or cubes because it’s a little weird to eat the whole tender.

  19. Easy and delicious. Used recipe with no adjustments and will definitely be making again and again. Did roasted veggies in oven while cooking the chicken and timing works out great with this recipe.

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    Hi, we are about to make this for dinner tonight, what side dishes would you recommend?

  21. Really delicious! My family loved it. Tripled the recipe so we could have leftovers. We added tabasco to it on our plates and it was amazing.

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        Arlene Robison

        Very very very thanks….used quinoa and brown rice and smashed baby broccoli and brussel sprouts along side. The chicken tender…for one (me..had 2 do the math).. was soooo delicious and easy and fast. Will definitely make again.

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    Had some chicken tenders and was looking for something new to try. This recipe is amazing! I doubled the sauce but next time I think I will triple along with cut up the chicken into 1-inch pieces. I also had to add more butter during cooking but otherwise absolutely amazing! Will definitely make it again.

      1. My mother who is a picky eater couldn’t stop raving about this chicken. It’s definitely a keeper. She even wants to put the sauce on other meat too lol Next time I’ll use smaller pieces of chicken, steam green beans and serve with jasmine rice. Oh and garnish with green onion/scallion!

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    Samatha Greengill

    I’m really excited to make this,
    My only question is am I able to make it without the hot sauce?
    Would it make the sauce runny and not thick?
    Is there something I can use as a replacement instead of the hot sauce?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Yep, you can definitely leave it out. The sauce will still thicken because of the cornstarch. Hope you enjoy it! 😊

    2. Hi, we skipped heat altogether and it was still a hit. The cornstarch that coats the chicken will thicken the sauce, no worries. It was fantastic. No hot sauce needed.

  24. This turned out great! I made double the sauce and used a tablespoon and a half of chili garlic paste instead of sriracha. Will be having this again.

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    heidi holzmaier

    Amazing is all I can say. So much better then takeout. Everyone in the family approved and called it a keeper for the meal rotation. Will make more of the sauce next time as it was so delicious. Served green beans on the side. Thank you!!!

  26. Yum! This looks so delicious and full of flavor! I can’t wait to make this! My family is going to love this!

  27. Okay – well the photos looked amazing. But it tastes even better than I imagined it would. SO SO divine! This is now on repeat at our home. Family gave it 10 out of 10!!

  28. AMAZING! My family LOVED this recipe. I made 1.6 pounds of chicken, so I doubled both the cornstarch mix and the sauce. It was perfect. The extra sauce was great for my hubby and kids (served theirs on a bed of white rice). 5 STARS ALL THE WAY.

  29. This was such a great recipe and perfect for busy weeknights! My whole family loved it and are already requesting leftovers for dinner tonight!

  30. We recently tried some other recipe for a honey garlic chicken, and it was really only ok – the sauce was just too thin and runny. I love how your method yields that wonderfully sticky sauce – now we’re talkin’! A definite upgrade!!

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