Honey Soy Chicken


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Honey Soy Chicken recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Honey Soy Chicken is my favorite kind of weeknight dinner; the chicken requires just a few minutes prep time early in the day and the result is a sweet glazed oven-roasted chicken that is incredibly tender.

Stir together the marinade, pour it over the chicken and marinate it for anywhere from 2 to 24 hours until you are ready to bake it. This chicken also works great on the grill if that is more your style.

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Another great weeknight chicken recipe is Green Chile and Pepper Jack Stuffed Chicken.

I serve this chicken with Turmeric Roasted Green Beans and Potatoes. Everything cooks at the same time in the oven and dinner is on the table in less than an hour!

Honey Soy Chicken requires just a few minutes prep time and the result is a sweet glazed oven-roasted chicken that is incredibly tender! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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Honey Soy Chicken

recipe adapted from and with thanks to Rock Recipes
Servings: 6 -8 servings


  • 3 – 4 pounds chicken I used 16 drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup honey plus ⅓ cup divided
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce divided
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger root I used frozen ginger root – it is easier to grate


  • Place the chicken in a large ziploc bag. Stir together ¼ cup honey, ⅓ cup soy sauce, black pepper, the garlic and the ginger. Pour the marinade over the chicken and refrigerate for 2-24 hours. I let mine rest for about 6 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil and place the chicken on it. Bake for 45 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. While the chicken is cooking, whisk together the remaining ⅓ cup honey and ⅓ cup soy sauce. After 20 minutes, baste the chicken with this sauce. Baste again at 30 minutes and 40 minutes. Drizzle any remaining sauce over the finished chicken prior to serving. Serve with rice or potatoes, as desired. Enjoy!


You can make this using breasts, thighs, full legs or just drumsticks. The cooking time for bone-in meats is roughly the same whether it is white meat or dark. Just keep an eye on the meat and be careful not to overcook it.
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{originally published 6-12-13 – recipe notes and photos updated 6-29-15} 

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Liz says

    This looks delicious, and I've got the drumsticks marinating now. I am wondering though. The recipe calls for a full teaspoon of black pepper, yet the marinade only uses 1/2 tsp of pepper, and I don't see where the remaining 1/2 gets added later to the glaze. Am I missing this step somewhere?

    • Mary says

      That was a typo, Liz. I've corrected the recipe. Thanks for catching it! The amount of pepper is adjustable according to taste.

  2. Rose says

    Marinating right now……serving them with sautéed cabbage and bacon and some wonderful Jasmine rice……YUM! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Miranda says

    I love this recipe! I made these for my husband's guy's night and added just a splash of hot sauce (not even enough to make it spicy, just a teeny splash for a little flavor layer) and they LOVED it. Now I have to make them for every guy's night lol

    • Mary says

      The chicken bakes for a total of 45 minutes. Baste it after 20 minutes in the oven, then ten minutes later after it has been in the oven for 30 minutes, then ten minutes after that, when it has been in the oven for 40 minutes.

      I hope that helps!

  4. barbara jones says

    I only have a package of chicken tenderloins in my refrigerator.
    How could I adapt this recipe for these boneless strips of chicken?

    • Mary says

      There is a note on the list regarding the soy sauce. Many people on paleo diets do eat soy sauce. However, you can swap coconut aminos for the soy sauce and it works perfectly.