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Unforgettable Honey Garlic Chicken Breast

Unforgettable Honey Garlic Chicken Breast: A Weeknight Wonder

Unforgettable Honey Garlic Chicken Breast

Indulge in a chicken breast recipe that transcends the ordinary. This Honey Garlic Chicken Breast is a symphony of sweet and savory flavors, all brought together with surprising ease. It's perfect for busy weeknights when you crave a delicious and satisfying meal without the hassle.


  • 3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts: These lean protein sources are perfect for a healthy and flavorful main course.
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper: Let the natural taste of the chicken shine through with a generous seasoning of these essentials.
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour: This light coating creates a beautiful golden crust on the chicken and helps thicken the delectable sauce.
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter: The richness of butter adds depth to the flavor and helps achieve a perfectly caramelized glaze.
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, Minced: This aromatic powerhouse is the star of the show, infusing the dish with its delightful garlicky goodness.
  • 4 Tablespoons Honey: The natural sweetness of honey balances the savory notes and creates a wonderfully sticky glaze.
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce: A touch of umami magic comes from the soy sauce, adding a layer of salty depth to the flavor profile.
  • 3 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar: A hint of acidity from the vinegar brightens the flavors and cuts through the richness of the dish.
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper adds a touch of warmth and enhances the overall savory profile.


  • Prep the Chicken for Perfection:
    • Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels. This ensures even browning when seared.
    • Kosher salt and fresh pepper, on both sides please! Be generous with the seasoning. Let them rest for a few minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
    • Dredge each chicken breast in the all-purpose flour, shaking off any excess. This creates a light coating that aids in browning and thickens the sauce later.
  • Searing the Chicken for Golden Goodness:
    • Butter time! Butter on a mission! In a large skillet, crank up the heat to medium-high and melt that butter. The butter should melt and begin to foam slightly.
    • Carefully add the floured chicken breasts to the hot pan. Don't overcrowd the pan; cook them in batches if necessary.
    • 3-4 minutes per side is the magic number! Sear the chicken until it's golden brown and reaches a safe internal temperature. A golden-brown crust is key for maximum flavor and visual appeal.
    • Once cooked, transfer the chicken breasts to a plate and set them aside temporarily.
  • Crafting the Irresistible Glaze:
    • The garlic gets the leftover goodness! Add it to the same pan where the chicken cooked to soak up all those delicious browned bits. Reduce the heat to medium and saute the garlic for about a minute, until fragrant. Be careful not to brown the garlic, as it can turn bitter.
    • Deglaze the pan with the rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. This incorporates all the delicious flavors stuck to the pan into the sauce.
    • Pour in the soy sauce, honey, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir or whisk the ingredients together until well combined.
    • Bring the sauce to a simmer and let it cook for a few minutes, allowing it to thicken slightly. The ideal consistency is a light glaze that coats the back of a spoon.
  • Glazing the Chicken and Bringing it All Together:
    • Return the cooked chicken breasts to the pan with the simmering honey garlic glaze.
    • Spoon the flavorful glaze over the chicken, ensuring each piece is coated evenly.
    • Let the chicken simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the glaze to thicken further and caramelize around the edges. This step infuses the chicken with even more flavor and creates a visually stunning caramelized glaze.
  • Serving Up a Weeknight Delight:
    • Plate the Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts and drizzle any remaining glaze over them.
    • Garnish with a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper or chopped fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for a touch of color and extra flavor.
    • Complete the meal! This dish begs for your favorite sides. Think roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or rice for a well-rounded plate.

Tips for an Unforgettable Chicken Experience:

  • Chicken Thickness Matters: For even cooking, ensure the chicken breasts have a uniform thickness. If they are uneven, pound them gently between two pieces of plastic wrap to create a consistent shape.
  • Don't Overcrowd the Pan: When searing the chicken, resist the urge to overcrowd the pan. This can lead to uneven cooking and steamed instead of seared chicken. If your pan gets too crowded, cook the chicken in batches to ensure even cooking.
  • Temperature is Key: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked through to a safe internal temperature. Aim for an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) for perfect doneness and to avoid any foodborne illness. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken breast, not touching the bone.
    • Resting is Crucial: After removing the chicken from the pan, let it rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This short rest lets the juices soak back into the meat, for a juicier and more delicious bite.