One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice is sweet and savory with tender chicken baked with flavorful rice. This is a restaurant-quality meal made easily and conveniently at home.

We love making easy and delicious poultry meals for the family to enjoy. Among our most popular dishes are Instant Pot Orange Chicken,  Slow Cooker Garlic Sesame Chicken and One Pan Italian Chicken.

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice

One 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 bursting with flavors.

The chicken is incredibly tender and served with the most delicious, sticky, honey garlic sauce. 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 it back to the pan, cover with foil and bake everything. You end up with amazing buttery rice and super juicy meat, 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.

Take a look at the video below for step by step guide on how to prepare this meal.

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice Recipe

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice Recipe Tips:

  • I used organic boneless 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.
  • Also, 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.
  • Similarly, 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 the 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 dish is done, uncover the pan, brush the chicken with the honey garlic sauce and broil it for 3-4 minutes for a crispier top.

Best One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice

Can I make this meal using Boneless Chicken Breast?

Yes, you can, sear the chicken to brown it, set them 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 it 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.

What wines pair well with Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice?

  • A nice, fruity red wine such as Zinfandel or Syrah will pair nicely with the flavors in this delicious homemade dish.
  • For a white option, Riesling or Pinot Grigio are always a great match for the chicken dish like this.

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5 from 18 reviews
One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Rice
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 bowls
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 6  chicken thighs  (bone in or out, with or without skin*)
  •  salt and pepper  (to season)
  • 2 tablespoons  canola oil 

Sauce:

  • 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)

Rice:

  • 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 

Garnish:

  •  Lemon slices 
  •  Fresh parsley  (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Chicken:

  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.

Sauce:

  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.

Rice:

  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 meat back to the pan, on top of the rice. Skin side up if using bone-in 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.
0 Calories: 496 Carbohydrates: 44 Protein: 22 Fat: 25 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 115 Sodium: 729 Potassium: 389 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 16 Vitamin A: 145 Vitamin C: 7.7 Calcium: 35 Iron: 1.7
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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.

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Sam

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

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Marry

Very nice. It looks perfect!

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Kimberly Baxter

Yum, yum, yum! Totally making this!

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Delaney | Melanie Makes

This chicken looks so juicy!

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I Heart Naptime

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

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Donna Ward

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

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Jenn

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

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Joely Smith

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!

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Melanie

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

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Making it tonight!  

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Tami

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

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Jacque Hastert

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

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

Looks delicious and so easy to make! !

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Des

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

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Ashley

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

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Linda

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

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use a regular skillet to brown the chicken and the rice, and after that move the ingredients to an oven safe baking dish.

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Sabrina

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

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Jacinda

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

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Janet

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

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You can use it instead of canola oil if you prefer.

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Nikki

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!

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Anosa Malanga

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!

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Aileen Adalid

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!

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Harriet

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

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Liz Della Croce

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

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Sylvia

Can this be made with brown rice?

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Yes, but you need to adjust the water, for long-grain brown rice, use 1 1/4 cups water to 1 cup rice, for short-grain, use 1 1/2 cups water for 1 cup rice.

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Payton

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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I am so happy that you loved it!

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Kristie otto

Was delicious 

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C Woods

Looks delicious! I need to double the rice. Have you ever doubled the recipe? Assuming I will add 4 cups of broth to 2 cups of rice?

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yes, 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of broth.

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Dylan

Definitely trying this for Friday night! Thanks for the recipe.

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candy

This is one dish we make often since we eat a lot of chicken.   We use rice and sometimes noodles.  Good over the grill as well.

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Glenda Cates

Life is funny.. I keep telling my husband I need to make Chicken and Rice for dinner and I land on your blog. I can't wait to share this Recipe with him and see if he and my son would like to try it in place of the Chicken and Rice we usually make.

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Amber Myers

I will be making this for sure. I tend to love all dishes with garlic. I'm sure my family would be huge fans of this dish.

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Pam

Wow! That looks so good. We love honey-garlic chicken. Adding this to next week's menu.

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Tomi C

One pan? Yes, please and thank you. This honey garlic chicken and rice definitely sounds like something my family would enjoy

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Jenn

This looks and sounds delicious. I am a sucker for sweet and garlic together. I'll have to give this one a try.

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Liz Mays

Mmm, I could go for a chicken and rice dish like this. The sauce is sounding really tasty!

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Sarah Bailey

Oh my gosh this sounds like it would be amazing - I am all for something you can throw into a single pan and cook as well, such a great idea!

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Terri Steffes

I love one pan dishes. These days I don't want to spend long periods of time cleaning dishes and the kitchen.

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Vyjay Rao

This is a nice recipe. We do a similar one at our home with lots of garlic and onions. Being vegetarians we substitute the chicken with other veggies like carrots, beans, cauliflower, etc.

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Jona Shares

I have been checking recipes online and I am so glad I found so many interesting ones just like this. I think I will try this out and hopefully my husband will be surprised.

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sara lafountain

I love one pan dinner. The flavors in this chicken dish look incredibly delicious and flavorful.

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Sara Welch

That sauce looks seriously tasty! I would love to get into some of this.

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rika livingston

Looks amazing! I can eat chicken for dinner everyday! Love the honey sauce!

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Rachel

I love one pot meal options. This looks really tasty. I like garlic all the time!

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Its really good!

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Gerrry

I don't understand why you would need to increase the water if you use brown rice? The water goes into the sauce - it's not used to cook the rice. Do you mean the chicken broth?

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Yes, broth. I just stated the liquid ratio.

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Ashley

This dish is classic!! I made it last night and its just great. Pretty healthy and great combo of honey and chicken. We love one pan dish, and this one was on top of th list. Wonder if making it with turkey for thanksgiving will work, will probably try that?!

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Turkey wil take longer to cook, but if you sear it well from the start to should work.

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Heather

I don’t have a cast iron pan. Can I make this in a regular pan?

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You can, and before transferring to the oven, transfer the rice into a baking dish and top with the chicken, cover with foil and bake.

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Rita

Looks good! Tastes delicious! Thank you!!

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Monica

This is delicious! I used worchestire since I didn’t have soy sauce and brown rice. I used a garlic press instead of mincing, and grated a ton of fresh ginger into the sauce. I added crushed red pepper as well. I baked it about 15 minutes longer uncovered  bc the brown rice needed more time. This is a keeper!

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Anna

This is such and easy and delicious meal. Our family loved it a lot and it is very filling and a true meal to make in one pan. It is a bit sweet and savory just the right mix of aromas. Thanks

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Tillie Grace

Recipe looks great, can't wait to try it for tonight's dinner. However, just realized I don't have anymore rice wine vinegar. Would apple cider vinegar do the same? Don't want to wait until I can get to store; want to make this now. Yum!

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white wine would work well

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