My family can be pretty divided when it comes to flavor. My husband and daughter are drawn to more savory dishes, whereas my son and I crave sweeter foods. That’s why we love this Easy Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe. This dish offers the perfect balance of sweet and savory, ultimately satisfying the whole household!
Cooking with honey
From time to time we really enjoy cooking with honey. Although we know honey is high in sugar and calories, there are benefits to cooking with honey worth pointing out.
Lets start with the obvious: honey is thick, gooey and delicious! And it’s made by honeybees, which is pretty amazing (and your kids will love hearing about it, so check out our DIY Cork Honeybees Craft!). On another note, studies have demonstrated high quality honey contains many important antioxidants which may help lower blood pressure and thus reduce one’s risk of heart disease.
It’s important to choose your honey carefully. Many honey products out there don’t contain the purest forms of honey and may include added ingredients, like high fructose syrup. This article from NDTV Food is pretty informative: How to Check if Your Honey is Pure or Adulterated.
Chicken thighs vs breasts
We wanted a more tender and flavorful piece of chicken for this dish, so we opted for chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. The truth is that chicken thighs are higher in fat than chicken breasts. That’s why chicken thighs are so moist and juicy!
Thankfully, the type of fat that chicken thighs contains, called monounsaturated fat, is actually considered to be a “good” kind of fat. In fact, the American Heart Association says that monounsaturated fat can have beneficial effects on our hearts when consumed in moderation and in place of saturated and trans fats.
One Pan Dish for the win!
We love that this dish requires only ONE PAN and is comprised of only FOUR STEPS. Here is how it plays out:
- Season the chicken. The first step is to season both sides of your raw chicken.
- Cook the chicken. Next, we cooked the chicken for several minutes on both sides until it was nice and brown (and cooked through).
- Add the sauce. After combining sauce ingredients, we simply added our honey garlic sauce to the pan of chicken and cooked it down.
- Garnish! And finally, we topped our chicken with a pinch of sesame seeds and fresh parsley.
Consider serving chicken with rice
We served this chicken with rice. After all, we couldn’t possibly let all that extra sauce go to waste! And the sauce-soaked rice truly was delicious. Since our kids are broccoli lovers, we added some fresh, steamed broccoli to our plates. However, many other veggies would go nicely with this dish as well.
How kids can help make this dish
This dish involves many kid-friendly tasks, like measuring out and mixing ingredients. Here are some ways for your lil’ sous chefs to help out:
- Paint the pan with oil, using a basting brush.
- Measure out seasonings. This is a great chance to teach your kids about measurements. i.e. how 3 t = 1 T.
- Show your kids how to use a splatter guard while the chicken cooks.
Honey Garlic Sauce:
- Little hands may be too weak to use a mincer, but your kids can help crush and peel the garlic cloves for you.
- Measure the sauce ingredients. Again, this is a great chance to teach about measurements. i.e. how 3 t = 1 T and how 16 T = 1 cup. It’s kind of fascinating actually.
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Final Tips To ensure smooth sailing!
Mimi’s Cooking Tips:
Check out these tricks and shortcuts from our in-house expert/Mom:
🍅 The thickness of your sauce may vary based on the type of honey you use and the amount of time you cook the sauce. If your sauce needs thickening, whisk together 1 T cornstarch and 1 T cold water in a small bowl. Then slowly pour it into your sauce.
🍅Coat the measuring cup with a tiny bit of oil before adding the honey. This helps the honey to slide out of the cup more easily when pouring.
OUR “kidify” Tips:
Have picky eaters? Check out these tips:
🍅Sauce on the side. If your kids don’t trust sauces (lol), consider setting aside a cooked chicken thigh before adding sauce to the pan.
🍅Kids pick the grain. Rice is just one option for accompanying the chicken. Let your kids pick their favorite. Good options are: a grooved pasta like this whole wheat rotini, quinoa, garlic bread, & couscous. You could even serve the chicken over instant mashed potatoes.
🍅Kids pick the veggie. Our kids picked broccoli but the possibilities are endless! Try a frozen veggie mix (super easy). Or check out some of our side dish potato recipes: Potato, Kale & Pancetta Mash, Garlic Roasted Potatoes & Carrots, or Shake & Bake Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries.
SEE HOW TO MAKE Easy Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
- 4-6 chicken thighs (boneless & skinless)
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t pepper
- 1/2 t onion powder
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1-2 T olive oil
Season chicken thighs with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Sear chicken for 6-8 minutes on each side and until cooked through.
Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over chicken, cover pan, and cook on low for 3-5 minutes or until sauce thickens.
Top chicken with a pinch of sesame seeds and parsley.
Serve chicken with rice, pasta and/or a veggie of choice!
We recommend that all meals for children be served with milk.