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This honey lemon garlic chicken is succulent, sweet, and sour, and will become your new weeknight favorite.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 servings


  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice or juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 8 garlic cloves 2 cloves minced and the remaining left whole and peeled
  • 5 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
  • ½ bunch of green onions sliced
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges


  • Preheat oven to 360°F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, vinegar and minced garlic. Set aside.
  • Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken on each side, just until browned. Reserve about a tablespoon of fat and juices in the pan and drain the rest.
  • Pour about half of the honey mixture over the chicken. Place the remaining whole garlic cloves in between the thighs. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until the chicken registers 160°F with a meat thermometer.
  • While the chicken is baking, heat the remaining honey mixture in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Let simmer until sauce is thickened.
  • Pour the thickened sauce over the cooked chicken. Garnish with green onions and serve warm with lemon wedges.