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One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice

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One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice is such a delicious and easy dish to make. Sweet and savory tender chicken baked with flavorful rice.

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and RiceOne Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice is so amazingly tasty that I guarantee you it will become one of your go-to dinners. This meal is so easy to make, budget friendly, with easy to find ingredients and should I say, its bursting with flavor. The chicken is incredibly tender, and served with the most delicious, sticky, honey garlic sauce, its just out of this world. You can totally cook the rice separately, but why would you, if you can easily cook everything in one pan and infuse it with flavors.

After you brown the chicken, sear the rice with some onions, you add the chicken back to the pan, cover with foil and bake everything. You end up with amazing buttery rice and super juicy chicken, covered in the most fantastic sauce. One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice may just win the medal for one of the best dinners ever.

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One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice

Want To Make One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice using Boneless Chicken Breast?

Yes you can, sear the chicken to brown it, set the aside, cover with foil. Add the rice to the pan, and do NOT add the chicken. Follow the directions for the sauce. Transfer the rice to the oven and cook the rice covered for 25 minutes. After that add the chicken breast on top and cook for another 20 minutes. Add the sauce on top of the chicken and enjoy.

This is such an easy recipe, that you can also adjust based on your preference. You can skip the sauce part and just cook the chicken with a garlic rub, some oil, salt, pepper, fresh lemon zest and juice. It will taste delicious and it will make up for a very easy and quick dinner.

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice

Tips & Tricks on how to make the best One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice Recipe:

  • I used organic boneless chicken thighs, but this recipe also works with skin on – bone in chicken tights and as I have mentioned above with chicken breast. You don’t have to adjust the cooking time for bone-in chicken thighs.
  • If you are allergic to honey, you can replace it with maple syrup.
  • You can use sesame oil instead of canola oil for extra flavor.
  • For extra flavor add fresh ginger, but if you don’t have any on hand, use 1 teaspoon of ground ginger powder.
  • You can add more or less garlic, based on your own taste preference.
  • You can make this meal spicier by adding 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes or more or some hot sauce.
  • Rice vinegar can be replaced with apple cider vinegar, or any white vinegar.
  • If the sauce is too runny, add a cornstarch slurry, mix 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch with same amount of water and add it to the sauce. Please note, that the sauce will get thicker with time, so definitely wait a bit before adding more cornstarch.
  • 3-4 minutes before the chicken and rice is done, uncover the pan, brush the chicken with the honey garlic sauce and broil it for 3-4 minutes for a crispier top.

Here is a step-by-step video of how to make the One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice Recipe:

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice
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One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice is such a delicious and easy dish to make. Sweet and savory tender chicken baked with flavorful rice.


  • 6 chicken thighs bone in or out, with or without skin*
  • Kosher Salt and pepper to season
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger optional
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme optional
  • 1 cup white rice uncooked (I used basmati)
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Lemon slices
  • Fresh parsley chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  1. Season the chicken on each side with some Kosher salt and black pepper.
  2. Heat the cast iron skillet on high heat, once hot, add the canola oil.
  3. When the oil starts to slightly simmer, add the chicken, (skin side down if you are using skin on chicken thighs) and cook until browned, 4-5 minutes on each side.
  4. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover well with foil.
  1. Add the garlic to the cast iron skillet and cook for 1 minute, just until fragrant.
  2. Add the honey, water, vinegar, ginger if using and soy sauce. Cook on medium heat until the sauce reduces down and thickens slightly (about 5-8 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  3. If you want the sauce thicker, cook on low for longer, stirring occasionally.
  4. Transfer sauce to a bowl. Set aside.
  1. Add butter to the hot cast iron skillet and melt on low-medium heat.
  2. Add the diced onion and cook for about 1 minute, just until soft.
  3. Add in the uncooked rice and dried thyme, stir and cook for a minute.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth, stir to combine.
  5. Add the chicken back to the pan, on top of the rice. Skin side up if using bone-in chicken thighs.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes. When 5 minutes are left, uncover the pan, brush chicken with the sauce and broil for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with lemon slices, fresh parsley and extra sauce on top of the chicken.

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One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice
One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice is such a delicious and easy dish to make. Sweet and savory tender chicken baked with flavorful rice.
One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice is such a delicious and easy dish to make. Sweet and savory tender chicken baked with flavorful rice.

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30 comments on “One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice”

  1. wow this is gorgeous dish, will definitely try it out. thanks for sharing!

  2. Very nice. It looks perfect!

  3. Yum, yum, yum! Totally making this!

  4. This chicken looks so juicy!

  5. Looks delicious!! Love one pot meals…definitely making this!

  6. Looks so delicous! I’m always looking for new cooking ideas. I guess I’ll give this one a try.

  7. This looks really good. I’m always looking for new recipes. I think I need to try this one. Yum.

  8. Oh I always have sesame oil on hand – it’s sooo yummy! I love honey too but you know the maple syrup sounds great as well. Thanks for the ideas and suggestions! Totally making this!

  9. This looks like a wonderful recipe. I will have to make it for dinner soon. I love honey garlic chicken!

  10. I’m trusting that this will be a family favorite. I am making out my grocery list now.

  11. I am loving this one pan chicken dinner. That honey garlic sauce sounds fantastic!

  12. Looks delicious and so easy to make! !

  13. I can’t believe how simply, yet delicious this looks. Adding to my menu!

  14. YUM!!! Adding it to my list of recipes to try for dinner next week. Looks delicious!

  15. What if you don’t have a iron skillet? And make it with chicken breSt?

  16. I love how delicious and easy this is! Can’t wait to make it this weekend!

  17. I love cooking the chicken with the rice because it adds so much flavor throughout the dish! This recipe looks amazing!

  18. There’s no mention of sesame oil in the actual recipe…

  19. I love new chicken recipes, especially when they’re easy! We are big fans of garlic, but I never really thought to mix in some honey. I bet this tastes delicious. I would probably make it over pasta because I have a weird thing about rice, lol, but I am definitely bookmarking it to try!

  20. I am new to cooking and I am so glad I was able to dropped by here. Definitley be trying this recipe put this coming week. Yay! Excited to try it out!

  21. I am all for anything in honey — and any meal with rice 😉 haha. This one looks so easy to follow too. I might whip this up next!

  22. Love the photos of the dish, and the recipe looks so good and easy to make.

  23. One-pan dinners are my go-to! Love this recipe idea!

  24. Can this be made with brown rice?

  25. Made this tonight! The sauce was absolutely delicious– my boyfriend drizzled the extra over his veggies! I haven’t invested in a cast-iron pan yet, but it worked fine in a baking dish. I’m glad I used the thighs over my original plan of chicken breasts because it was sooo juicy and moist. The rice was cooked perfectly, too. Thanks for the recipe!

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