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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. 🤷‍♀️ 

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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 37 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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