Honey and Soy Baked Chicken

Wednesday 7 May 2014

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Everyone needs a tasty recipe like this up their sleeves!  It is so simple and so delicious and uses things I always have in the house, and I am betting that you do too!  

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It's as simple to make as combining a few marinade ingredients in a heavy zip lock bag, adding some chicken, smushing it around a bit in the bag, letting it sit in the refrigerator for several hours and then dumping it all into a baking dish and baking it until it is deliciously meltingly tender.

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I always buy my chickens whole when there is a deal on them and then I bring them home and cut them up and repackage them in serving size packs of legs, breasts, thighs, wings, etc. and bang them into the freezer.  That way I not only save money, but always have a variety of chicken pieces at my finger tips ready to use.  I freeze the backs and necks for soup as well. It's win/win all around!  

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On this particular day I used a mix of drumsticks and thighs.   You will love this marinade/sauce.   It's filled with lovely oriental flavours . . .  soy, honey, garlic, ginger . . . which bakes into a finger licking sticky glaze.

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Wings would be really good done in it as well.  I wouldn't do breasts though as the long cooking time would dry them out too much.  Chicken breasts are not really suited to this type of dish at any rate.  You want a nice piece of chicken meat which gets succulent and tender under a long slow cook period that allows the marinade to cook down into that delicious rich and sticky glaze.  I like to serve these with some steamed basamati rice and maybe some broccoli on the side, also lightly steamed.  Enjoy!

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*Honey and Soy Baked Chicken*
Serves 4  

Printable Recipe

Simple and delicious.   A real family favorite.  

3 TBS olive oil
3 TBS dark soy sauce
5 TBS runny honey
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste
3 pounds of chicken pieces (I use thighs and drumsticks)  

Mix the olive oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, pepper and salt together in a large plastic food bag with a zip lock top.  Add the chicken pieces and smush them around a bit to coate well in the bag.   Close the bag and place in the refrigerator to marinate for half an hour to an hour.  (Obviously the longer you leave it the more the flavours permeate the chicken.)  Give it a smush every once in a while.    

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When you are ready to cook it, preheat the oven to 220*C.425*F/ gas mark 7.   Dump the chicken into a large baking dish and separate the pieces.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Turn the pieces over and bake for a further 15 minutes.  Turn a final time and bake fur a further 10 to 15 minutes, until the skin is nicely crisped and the chicken juices run clear.   Serve hot or cold.


  1. The first meal I could actually make was baked chicken wings that you then cooked on the stove in VH garlic spare rib sauce..:)

    My daughters still make them.
    Love this type of sweet chicken dish Marie.

  2. Ohh, I remember the VH garlic spare rib sauce. So good Monique! I have not had it in a very long time. I so love the versatility of chicken. There are just so many things you can do with it! All delicious! xxoo

  3. Good Afternoon Marie, I love this honey and soy chicken recipe it sounds delicious.... perfect with a bowl of green salad. It is such a good idea to buy whole chickens and then cut them up yourself.... I buy the chickens, but my husband does the jointing of the chickens.... I'm a bit squeamish I'm afraid.
    Best Wishes

  4. You are lucky to have a husband who can do this for you Daphne! Todd wouldn't know where to begin! I don't mind doing it though so it's okay. xx

  5. this is fabulous - I've printed this out and cooking it!

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  7. I hope that you like it Mary!

    Thanks eRecipe. I'll check it out!

  8. Look amazing Iwillmake Marie! I love chickenwith honey sounds so good and love the color!!

  9. Thanks Gloria, it was really good!

  10. thsts a long to bake chiken but i have a powerful toaser oven so tims can vary!1 def not an hoour here.. i used hoisan honey and garlic

    1. Sounds tasty Dark Knight! I suppose the cook time would depend on your preference for the doneness of your chicken. I like my legs and thighs to be well done and bone tender. If I was doing breasts it would not be as long. Have a great day!

  11. Very quick, easy and tasty!


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