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Honey Butter Chicken Recipe

Honey Butter Chicken is a sweet, lemony dish with a garlicky sauce that goes well with steamed rice.

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  • PREP TIME 10 mins
  • SERVINGS 4 servings
  • COOK TIME 35 mins
  • CALORIES 424 kcal
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Tuyet Pham

Tuyet Pham

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Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina

Luna Regina

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Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of and, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN, LD

Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN, LD

Nutrition Reviewer
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
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  • Drob

    Somehow I am misreading this. It sounds delicious, however it is unclear to me whether in the Searing Phase, Step 2, you are searing the chicken in the oven or on the stove. Then, in Step 3, when do you use this pan again with the remaining oil? Do you pour the honey butter mixture into it?

    In the Roasting Phase, Step 2 seems to indicate that you are doing this on top of the stove, but then in Step 3 it says to remove the chicken from the oven.

    What am I missing? Also, the total cooking time listed in the recipe is 20 minutes, 10 of which is recommended for searing. This doesn’t quite seem like enough for chicken thighs. .

    • Luna Regina

      Thank you Drob for dropping by and leaving us comment 😀

      Here’s for your confuse:
      – In phase 2, step 2, the chicken is seared on pan and on the stove. My bad – I should have stated it with detail.
      – In phase 2, step 3, I think you might have some misunderstanding, I didn’t leave the remanining oil for later use. What I meant was to not drain the oil from the meat completely, just so the thighs are covered with a little bit of oil left.
      – In phase 3, I did roast the chicken meat on the stove – my bad again, I checked through and edited it. I was having trial with many baked chicken dishes at the same time, that must be why I was in the jumble with ‘anything-oven’.
      – And for the cooking time, step 2 of phase 3 should be “cook and flip every 5 minutes”. I truly acknowledge how reckless this was.

      So in short, I seared the chicken in 5 minutes, and leave the remaining 25 minutes for pan roasting on the top of the stove. And you were right, it should be 30 minutes in total, not 25 minutes. I must have miscalculated at some point in between.

      Drob, we sincerely apologize for all these inconvenients you’ve had with the recipe and truly appreciate your comment, from which we can take a look back at the instructions and make changes so it appears clearer to readers.

      Did my reply answer you somehow? Hope you’ll let us know if this recipe works for you 😀

      Have a very nice day!

  • Kilyena

    I made it the first time for my family gathering last weekend and everyone loved it! It was actually much easier to make than I thought. Thank you for the great recipe, Luna.

  • Rachael

    Thanks for a nice recipe, I’ll definitely make this chicken butter again. I love how easy and quick this recipe is, yet the taste is so gooood!

  • Michell

    Just made it today for my picky husband Steve and he liked it. Though he said it was not really as great as the honey butter chicken he usually has at his favorite restaurant, but still very amazing.

  • Jeri Bisbee

    I’ve tried both skinless and skin-on chicken thighs and highly recommend everyone to leave the skin on because it keeps the chicken juicy and moist. Anyway, it’s another great recipe from you, Luna. It simply works.

  • Brandi Lynn

    I brought this to the table yesterday and my children loved it. Guess this’ll be one of my family staples for a long time.