If you’re looking for a flavorful and delicious way to spice up your chicken, look no further than Honey Garlic Ginger Chicken Thighs. Made with Chicken thighs, honey, and ginger, it’s a great meal.
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This Honey Garlic Ginger Chicken recipe is definitely worth a try for several reasons. For one, it’s incredibly easy to make, making it a perfect choice for busy weeknights. Additionally, the combination of honey, garlic, and ginger creates a deliciously sweet and savory flavor that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds.
This recipe is really easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, this recipe can be prepared in a relatively short amount of time, without compromising on flavor or nutrition. This means that even on hectic weeknights, you can still put together a delicious and healthy meal for your family.
When it comes to choosing sides to pair with this Honey Garlic Ginger Chicken recipe, the options are endless. One of my personal favorites is cauliflower rice, which is a low-carb alternative to traditional rice that’s high in fiber and nutrients, but it is totally up to you what you choose.
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Ingredients You’ll Need
- Chicken Thighs – I use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe because it’s more flavorful and juicy, but you can use chicken breast if you like.
- Honey – To keep the sugar content down, you can use a substitute honey or low-carb syrup.
- Low Sodium Soy Sauce – Use low sodium to cut down on salt intake.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Ginger – Peeled and minced.
- Garlic – Use fresh garlic for the best results.
- Red Pepper Flakes – Optional, to add some heat.
You might notice that I have flour and oil in the image above. I used to make this chicken by coating the chicken in flour and frying in oil. It makes a super crunchy exterior for the chicken and helps the sauce stick to the chicken better.
However, to make it lower-carb, I’ve omitted the flour step in this recipe. You can choose whichever way you want to make it.
How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Place chicken thighs in pan, skin side down. Cook 5 minutes on each side then remove from pan and set aside.
Add the honey, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan. Cook about 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. The sauce will start to thicken. Reduce the heat to medium.
Add back in the chicken and cook for another 5 or so minutes in the sauce. Spoon the glaze over the chicken as it cooks. Check that the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165° F before serving.
Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over riced cauliflower or brown rice, if desired.
Additional Helpful Tips
- Use fresh ingredients: Using fresh garlic and ginger will provide the best flavor for this recipe.
- Overcooking the chicken can result in a tough and dry texture. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken and remove it from the heat once it reaches 165°F.
- If you prefer a less sweet flavor, reduce the amount of honey in the recipe.
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a larger crowd.
- As mentioned earlier, this recipe pairs well with a variety of sides like riced cauliflower, brown rice, or ginger garlic noodles. Experiment with different side dishes to find your favorite combination.
How to Store Leftovers
If you have any chicken left over, you can store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Be sure to allow it to cool completely before putting it in the refrigerator.
When you’re ready to reheat it, you can put it back on the stovetop for 6 minutes on medium-high heat, or put it in the microwave for 45-60 seconds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use dried ginger instead of fresh ginger?
While fresh ginger is preferred for this recipe, you can use dried ginger as a substitute. Just use 1/3 of the amount of dried ginger as fresh ginger.
Can I use a different type of meat instead of chicken?
Yes, you can use a different type of meat, such as pork or beef, instead of chicken. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
What are the storage options for leftovers?
Store the leftover chicken in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. Store the leftover chicken in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat the leftovers, simply heat them up in a microwave-safe dish or on the stovetop until heated through.
Can I make this recipe without honey?
While honey adds sweetness to this recipe, you can make it without honey if you prefer. You can also substitute maple syrup or agave nectar for honey. For more information check out these 12 Honey Substitutes for a Low-Carb Diet.
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What to Serve With This Dish?
These side dishes go well with this main dish and you can make them at the same time, so they’re done at the same time.
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Honey Garlic Ginger Chicken Thighs
- 4 chicken thighs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 ” piece ginger peeled and minced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Place chicken thighs in pan, skin side down. Cook 5 minutes on each side then remove from pan and set aside.
- Add the honey, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan.
- Cook about 1 minute until garlic is fragrant.
- Reduce heat to medium and let sauce simmer for 30 seconds to a minute to thicken.
- Add back in the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes in the sauce. Spoon the glaze over the chicken as it cooks. Check that the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165 degrees F before serving.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over riced cauliflower or brown rice, if desired.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.