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Honey Butter Chicken (Easy Skillet Meal Idea)

10 min Serves 4

Honey Butter Chicken (Easy Skillet Meal)

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thigh meat, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • rice, for serving
  • broccoli, for serving

Directions

1

Heat up a large skillet on the stove to med/high heat with olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter.

2

Add the cut up pieces of chicken to skillet once butter is melted. Season chicken generously with salt & pepper. Let chicken cook until it starts turning white.

3

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, minced garlic, vinegar, chili oil, and honey. Stir well to coat chicken.

4

The sauce will start simmering. Keep cooking and turning chicken to caramelize the outside.

5

Once chicken is fully cooked and caramelized, pour chicken pieces over rice, and serve with a veggie such as broccoli as desired.

29 Comments

honey butter chicken easy skillet meal idea – Close up of the meal in a serving dish

Need a quick meal the whole family will love?

Try this savory and sweet tasting Honey Butter Chicken! It’s an easy skillet meal idea the entire family will LOVE! We ate every last bite, and the caramelized buttery texture on this chicken is FANTASTIC. I love the buttery honey “sauce” it creates. You’ll be adding this tasty idea to the meal rotation for sure!

Honey Butter Chicken Ingredients

Easy method & easy ingredients

All we’re doing for this simple dish is cutting and sauteing the chicken! You can use chicken breast meat, but the thigh meat I used was super tender, moist, and yummy for this idea. The fresh minced garlic and apple cider vinegar add a delicious, savory flavor, and the honey makes the chicken taste sweetened and caramelizes nicely. I added a little chili oil for extra flavor, but of course, it can be omitted or adjusted to taste.

Hip Tip: Use your largest skillet for this idea. If you’re looking for a great suggestion, I personally still LOVE my 11 inch Copper Chef frying pan!

honey butter chicken easy skillet meal idea – spooning the chicken onto the rice


Honey Butter Chicken (Easy Skillet Meal)

This savory and sweet chicken is an easy-to-make family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thigh meat, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • rice, for serving
  • broccoli, for serving

Directions

1

Heat up a large skillet on the stove to med/high heat with olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter.

2

Add the cut up pieces of chicken to skillet once butter is melted. Season chicken generously with salt & pepper. Let chicken cook until it starts turning white.

3

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, minced garlic, vinegar, chili oil, and honey. Stir well to coat chicken.

4

The sauce will start simmering. Keep cooking and turning chicken to caramelize the outside.

5

Once chicken is fully cooked and caramelized, pour chicken pieces over rice, and serve with a veggie such as broccoli as desired.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from RealHouseMoms.com


honey butter chicken easy skillet meal idea – Closeup of the serving dish and broccoli

Honey butter garlic heaven!

My kids went nuts for this meal, and they can be a super picky crowd! LOL I served this chicken on top of brown rice and some steamed broccoli on the side, and there were no leftovers! I loved the amazing texture and everything about this Honey Butter Chicken. Next time I may add some cashews or peanuts for a crunch! Easy no-fuss meals like this one make me so happy, and this one is for sure worth trying. Enjoy!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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Comments 29

  1. countrygal

    This sounds awesome, I will be making this real soon. Thanks

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much! Enjoy! : )

  2. MrsK

    Since I don’t have any Chili Oil, I found an easy recipe for homemade Chili Oil on the Food Network (just olive oil and dried crushed red pepper flakes). I know, I know, I should just pick up some at my local Asian Market, but that’s an extra stop. 🙂
    Thank you.

    • Erika

      Oh! That’s awesome! Saves me a purchase for something I won’t use often!

    • countrygal

      Thanks for the tip, won’t have to buy something extra, love those homemade ideas.

    • 50

      That’s what I always do…why buy something that you can easily make yourself? I use corn oil instead though, since it doesn’t have a strong flavor and aroma like olive oil.

  3. Brandy

    I’m definitely going to try this and serve it over riced cauliflower with broccoli. Sounds delicious AND I have everything at home; WIN!

  4. cindy

    Fantastic my family loved it thank you for the push to make dinner and save some money 😉 10,000 times better than any take out 😉 I love you ALL at hip2save…..follower for like 9 years omg!!! Thank you!!

  5. Jennifet

    Yep, the title of this dish got me. Buttery honey..What could be better!?! Yum, will try soon, thanks!

  6. Steph

    Yeah, finally a meal that doesn’t involve an instant pot or air fryer. Sorry I just prefer stovetop/skillet cooking.

  7. sue

    Hmm, the chili oil……………seems like a good use for those free packets at pizza hut!

  8. candace

    I’m assuming the blue thing is a salt container? Wheres it from?

  9. Juma

    This looks delicious I can’t wait to try this. I have just decided that this will be one of my side dishes for Christmas dinner when I go home. Going try this with spaghetti noodles and do a stir fry. Love simple recipes that can easily be adapted many ways. Also thanks for the chili oils recipe my bottle apparently turned rancid ugh. Thanks for a stove top skillet meal that I will be sharing with family and friends.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That sounds awesome with the noodles! Yummy.

  10. Mabos

    Making several meals today for my son and his wife who are expecting (my first grandchild!) Sitting down for a minute and came across this recipe. I’m going to make this as soon as my sorry old bones get up!

  11. Judi

    That blue salt container sells on amazon for $8.56 Stoneware-Keeper has a lid also.

  12. Judi

    Sorry I meant to say serving spoon not lid…

  13. Lolie

    Sounds delicious! We will definitely be trying this recipe, thank you!

  14. Drtinsd

    Made this tonight and it was a huge hit with the whole family; even my picky kiddos. Thank you very much! This recipe will be going on the regular rotation for sure!

  15. Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

    I am so happy! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Evette

    Mine came out very watery and wasn’t carmelizing. I made a double batch and rechecked measurements, but not sure why. Maybe I should have drained it after I browned it and before I added the last ingredients?

    • Drtinsd

      I initially had the same problem but turned up the heat and that was the key for me to get the carmelizing.

      • Hope

        Mine too, I’m glad I’m not the only one, it still tasted good but had to soak up a bunch of oil first. I thought I followed the steps too, next time will drain chicken first.

    • Judy

      what if i did not have the chile oil? Can I use olive oil or regular oil ?

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        oh sure – just omit or maybe throw in a few chili flakes 🙂

  17. Dawn

    This sounds so yummy! Can’t wait to try it. Do you know about how many this would serve? I’m thinking 4?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yep! Oh thanks so much for stopping by. You’ll love this.

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