Easy Korean Sweet Soy and Honey Chicken

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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

This recipe for Korean Sweet Soy and Honey Chicken is simple and not time-consuming to make. So, if you're on the go or simply don't have much time to spare after leaving work, picking up the kids, etc., this meal is a must try.

If you're not super familiar with Korean food, have no fear. The great thing about chicken is that it's a truly international food. This meal should taste very familiar to you, but with the addition of spices and sauces traditionally used in Korean cooking.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it can be done in one pan on the stovetop. It's also great on the grill, on skewers, or as the protein in a meal salad. So, if you're trying to eat more healthful foods, eating this chicken, instead of chicken of the traditional, fried, and fatty American variety, won't completely derail your efforts.

If you're making this meal for a family of four, this recipe (unless you double or triple it) will be enough for one night. If you're making it for just yourself or for yourself and another person, you should have enough for leftovers. Use the chicken as the protein in a salad and you'll have enough to treat yourself for up to one work week.


  • 3 pounds chicken breasts (pounded very thin or cut into pieces)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 cup soy-honey glaze

Steps to Make It

  1. Cover the chicken with the soy-honey mixture and garlic and marinate for at least 20 minutes. To make the mixture, you'll need soy sauce, sugar, honey, and olive oil.

  2. After marinating, put the chicken and marinade into a pan. Cover it and bring to a low simmer.

  3. Cook the chicken until done. Be sure to turn the meat at least once. This step should take about 20 minutes, but since cook time varies depending on the cooking method and cut of meat, check the temperature of the chicken to ensure it has reached 165 F internally.