One Skillet Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs are an easy, simple, and flavorful one skillet chicken dish that will be a family favorite!
Now that school is back in session and fall is quickly making its way in, I’m craving all of the easy and comforting dishes for dinner. While yes, I’m a food blogger and have lots of fun recipe ideas, I always struggle with chicken. In particular, I struggle with finding chicken recipes that my kids will actually eat.
When my dad had both of the boys for the weekend a couple of weeks ago, he sent me a picture of Soren devouring a bone-in chicken thigh. It clicked to me that maybe they would like dark meat better than white. I used my favorite simple homemade honey garlic sauce for these chicken thighs, and the boys devoured them!
The honey garlic sauce is a combination of honey, soy sauce, garlic, and red wine vinegar, and it is so full of flavor! To make these chicken thighs, all you need is one skillet. I used skin-on and bone-in chicken thighs, but you can definitely use skinless and boneless. You can also use chicken breasts, if you prefer, but the cooking time will vary. As always, I recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure proper cooking.
The first thing you’ll do in this recipe is cook the chicken thighs. For me, this was about 5-6 minutes on each side, which perfectly browned the skin and cooked the chicken through to 165 degrees F. Then the chicken thighs are removed and the honey garlic sauce is added to the skillet and cooked for a couple of minutes to thicken it up.
To finish it off, the chicken thighs are returned to the skillet and the sauce is spooned over the chicken. I recommend serving these chicken thighs with roasted veggies and an easy side dish like Tomato Basil Orzo or Parmesan Garlic Quinoa.
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- 4 chicken thighs*
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- Chopped fresh parsley or chives for topping
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.
- Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a cast-iron skillet.
- Once the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and brown on each side, about 4 minutes each side.
- While the chicken is browning, combine the honey, soy sauce, red wine vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl and whisk well.
- Once the chicken is browned, remove the chicken from the skillet and turn off the heat.
- Add the honey garlic mixture to the oiled pan and whisk well. The pan will likely still be hot, so just let it cook in the residual heat for 1 minute.
- Return the chicken thighs to the pan and spoon the sauce over them.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees F. Note: using a meat thermometer is the best way to ensure properly cooked meat!
- Serve topped with chopped parsley or chives.