This super easy, oven baked honey ginger chicken is made with bone-in chicken thighs for the juiciest flavor! But the sweet and savory garlic soy marinade is the star of this dinner show!
Chicken thighs are marinated in honey, ginger paste, low sodium soy sauce, lots of fresh garlic, sesame seed oil, and avocado oil. Oven-baked, tender, juicy, and flavorful.
For the best flavor experience, marinate the chicken thighs overnight!
Why You'll Love It
If you're looking for amazing, flavorful, honey-baked chicken thighs - stop right now, you've found the best!
These easy, honey ginger chicken thighs start with a marinade made with honey, low sodium soy sauce, lots of fresh garlic, sesame seed and avocado oils, seasonings, and of course, sesame seeds.
I recommend marinating the chicken at least 30 minutes before baking. If you can spare a few hours for it to marinate, then that's even better. Overnight works great, too.
Why This Recipe Works
- The best honey ginger chicken marinade! These honey garlic ginger chicken thighs are sweet and finger-licking sticky! The whole family will love this chicken. If you have a large family, go ahead and double the recipe.
- Meal Prep! Leftovers are particularly great the next day; making tomorrow's meal prep a breeze!
- Juicy and Tender! Bone-in, skin-on chicken has more flavor and is juicier. You can always pull the skin off after baking the chicken if you don't want to eat it.
Ingredients for Honey Ginger Chicken
These chicken thighs are so juicy and flavorful thanks to the marinade!
The honey ginger chicken marinade is the key to perfectly flavored chicken, so try not to substitute any of its ingredients, if possible.
Honey - use store-bought or buy local honey from your farmer's market.
Low sodium soy sauce - use your favorite kind of soy sauce (or coconut aminos or tamari).
Avocado oil - use olive oil if you can't find avocado oil.
Garlic - my favorite is the kind you buy in the jar, that's already minced. It's super convenient. Use fresh garlic if you prefer.
White vinegar - a common ingredient in Asian recipes, vinegar adds a little bit of zing.
Sesame oil - this oil is essential to this recipe so don't leave it out. Its nutty flavor adds to the Asian flair of this recipe.
Ground ginger - I recommend the ginger paste in your fresh produce section. There is no waste and it's handy to use again for your next recipe that calls for ginger.
Chicken thighs - for best results, use bone-in, skin-on. If you use boneless, skinless thighs you'll need to reduce the cooking time!
Black pepper - fresh ground is more flavorful, but use regular pepper if that's all you have.
Red pepper flakes - optional! Add a teaspoon to the marinade for a spicy kick.
How to Make Honey Ginger Chicken
For best results, marinate the chicken thighs for at least 2-3 hours before baking (overnight is best).
Make the honey ginger chicken marinade: Add honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, avocado oil, vinegar, sesame oil, and ground ginger to a small bowl. Stir well with a whisk to combine.
Marinate: Put the chicken thighs in a large Ziplock bag. Pour the marinade into the bag, release excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (preferably for 2-3 hours).
Place chicken in casserole dish: After the chicken has marinated, preheat your oven to 425 F. Remove the thighs from the Ziplock bag and place them in a 2-quart baking dish. Pour the marinade on top of the thighs and sprinkle with pepper.
Bake then broil: Bake for 35 minutes, flipping the chicken twice to keep it juicy in the glaze. Set the oven to broil and allow the chicken to bake for an additional 5 minutes.
Remove from oven. Let rest 5 minutes. Serve warm with a spoonful of the sauce poured over the top. Garnish with parsley and a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired.
My top recipe tips for honey ginger chicken!
- This recipe makes 5-6 servings. Double the recipe for a larger crowd or if you want to have leftovers for another meal.
- If you find yourself out of honey or want an alternative, rest easy because there are many great options for you to substitute for honey.
Looking for another recipe for honey chicken? Check out my Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken. It has a few more ingredients and is conveniently made in a slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Directions
Place the chicken thighs in your slow cooker. Pour the marinade/sauce on top. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6 hours. The internal temperature of the thighs should be 165F.
Storing and Reheating
Store any leftover honey-baked chicken thighs in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I prefer to use BPA-free glass containers with locking lids. Check out this 18-piece set of glass food storage containers with locking lids from Bayco, available now on Amazon.
To reheat leftovers, I recommend 2-3 minutes in the microwave at 50% power. A gentle reheat won't make the chicken tough or dry!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, no problem! Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink.
Yes, you can make the marinade the night before and let the chicken marinate in it overnight. Baked as directed. P.S. the chicken will be extra flavorful when marinating overnight!
Serve with cooked white rice, fried rice, side salad, or broccoli. My roasted parmesan potatoes would pair nicely with this chicken.
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Honey Ginger Chicken Thighs
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 pounds bone-in skin on chicken thighs about 5 medium chicken thighs
- pepper to taste
- parsley and sesame seeds for garnish
- Add honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, avocado oil, vinegar, sesame oil, and ground ginger to a small bowl. Stir well with a whisk to combine.
- Put the chicken thighs in a large ziplock bag. Pour the marinade into the bag, release excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (for maximum flavor, marinate 6-8 hours).
- After the chicken has marinated, preheat your oven to 425 F. Remove the thighs from the ziplock bag and place them in a 2-quart baking dish.
- Pour the marinade on top of the thighs and sprinkle with pepper. Bake for 35 minutes, flipping the chicken twice to keep it juicy in the sauce. Set the oven to broil and allow the chicken to bake for an additional 5 minutes. (Chicken thighs should be fully cooked or until they reach 165F on a food thermometer).
- Remove from oven. Let rest 5 minutes. Serve warm with a spoonful of the sauce poured over the top. Garnish with parsley and a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy to my readers. I'm not a nutritionist and I don't guarantee the accuracy of this data. The data may differ according to the brands I used versus the brands you use. To calculate the data yourself using your brands, try using an online nutrition calculator or app.
This honey-baked chicken thighs recipe was originally published in 2021 and was updated in 2023.