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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. 

overhead shot of honey garlic chicken tenders in a skillet

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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5 from 17 votes
overhead shot of honey garlic chicken tenders in a skillet

Honey Garlic Chicken

7 9 8
WW Freestyle: 7
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
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.
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American, Asian, Fusion
Servings: 4
Calories: 291


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 784mg33%
Potassium 443mg13%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 209IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: chicken tenders, chinese takeout, garlic chicken, honey chicken, honey garlic sauce, low calorie chicken dinner

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40 Responses
  1. jacque.womack@gmail.com

    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.

  2. 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 Petrovska

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

  3. Alan Hoffman

    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.

  4. 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!!!

  5. Lisalia

    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!!

  6. Ali325

    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.

  7. Sara Welch

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

  8. Shelley

    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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