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Chicken Marinade with Honey and Soy Sauce (Video)

Chicken Marinade with Honey and Soy Sauce – Chicken thighs marinated in a sweet and savory sauce are grilled to perfection in this family-friendly dinner recipe. All you need are 9 simple ingredients to make this marinade!


Turn to this Chicken Marinade with Honey and Soy Sauce when you want juicy, tender, and vibrant summer dinners. You can save time by leaving the chicken thighs to marinate hours before cooking. When it’s time to eat, fire up the grill and throw the chicken on for a quick meal that takes minutes to cook!

Chicken Marinade with Honey and Soy Sauce

This easy dinner recipe is deliciously flavored with this grilled chicken thigh marinade. Made from soy sauce, honey, ginger, lemon juice, and chili sauce, the flavors are tangy, bright, and a real crowd-pleaser. I recommend serving these juicy chicken thighs with grilled veggies, Fried Rice, noodles, or Avocado Salad on the side for a filling and well-balanced family dinner.

Honey soy marinade ingredients

The sweet and salty balance in this easy chicken marinade takes my Honey Soy Chicken Thighs up a notch! As a bonus, it’s easy to put together and uses simple ingredients. This is what you need:

  • Soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Lime juice 
  • Garlic 
  • Ginger
  • Oil
  • Sriracha
  • Salt + white pepper
  • Cilantro


Honey soy marinade ingredients

How to marinate chicken thighs

Step 1: Whisk all of the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl.

How to marinate chicken thighs

Step 2: Pour 3/4 cup of the marinade into a sealed ziploc bag or container. Add the chicken thighs and leave them to marinate in the fridge for 3 to 6 hours, or over night.

How to grill chicken thighs

How to grill chicken thighs

Step 1: Now, add the marinated chicken thighs onto a hot grill and grill until the chicken is cooked through, flipping once, also grill any of your favorite veggies like zucchini, bell peppers and broccoli.


Step 2: While the chicken is cooking, make the slurry by combining the reserved marinade with cornstarch. Microwave from 30 seconds to one minute, then brush it over the grilled chicken.

grilled chicken

Step 3: Finally, serve the grilled chicken with more marinade if you’d like and chopped cilantro and grilled veggies. Enjoy!

Can I bake the chicken instead?

Of course! Once the chicken thighs are done marinating, arrange them in a baking dish and pour the reserved marinade slurry overtop. Bake in a 425ºF oven, flipping each thigh at least twice throughout. After 20 to 25 minutes, set the oven to broil for 5 minutes to slightly char the outside.

What goes well with honey soy chicken thighs?

Marinated chicken thighs pair well with more Asian-inspired flavors and side dishes. Place the chicken over a bed of fried rice, noodles (or zoodles for a lighter option), coconut rice, mashed potatoes, or your favorite grain. Round everything out with some vegetables or salad on the side, like roasted or grilled broccoli, cucumber salad, or stir fried vegetables.

grilled chicken thighs

Storing and reheating leftovers

These grilled chicken thighs would make for delicious leftovers or an easy meal prep option. After they’re cooked, store the leftovers in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. 


To reheat, place the chicken in the microwave and cook on high for a few minutes. Alternatively, bake the leftovers in a 350ºF oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until warmed through.

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How to grill chicken thighs

Chicken Marinade with Honey and Soy Sauce

Love Keil
Chicken Marinade with Honey and Soy Sauce - Chicken thighs marinated and grilled to a perfection. This is one of the best chicken thigh marinates.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Coarse
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6
Calories 438 kcal


  • 2-3 lb chicken thighs

Marinade Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice or lime juice
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 5 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or oil of your choice
  • 1-2 tablespoons  Sriracha sauce I use 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro

For Glaze



  • Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour half the marinade (about 3/4 cup) into a sealed zipper bag or container and add chicken thighs. Marinate for 3-6 hours in the fridge or over the night. 
    How to marinate chicken thighs


  • Grease the grill with oil, and preheat to high heat. Add chicken thighs and grill for 8-10 minutes, flipping once, or until thermometer reads 160F. Brush with glaze over the chicken and garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with grilled veggies.
    How to grill chicken thighs


  • To make glaze, mix 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch into reserved 1/4 cup marinade and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute to make a glaze-like consistency. Brush over grilled chicken.



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Calories: 438kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 26gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 678mgPotassium: 365mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 131IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Tried it last night. Don’t have Sriracha sauce and cilantro but still came out really GOOD. My husband said it was the best he ever had with chicken. I baked it too not grill. Next time will try with the sauce and cilantro.

  2. Tried this for christmas. Followed the instructions except i marinated the chicken overnight and next day seared the chicken for 30secs each side then slow cooked. Came out bland. Dont slow cook. Might try again and cook on bbq or hot grill instead.

  3. super good!! we loved it! Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    Hi! This recipe is soo delicious, thank you! Question on the calories listed, are those per serving? And roughly how much chicken are you calculating for each serving? Thanks!

    • Great questions, Ruchita! Yes, the calories are per serving, about 1 – 2 chicken thighs per serving (I use organic chicken thighs, I noticed they are smaller in size).

  5. 5 stars
    I have made this at least 3 times in the past 2 months. Absolutely love the flavor and whether I use breasts or thighs – it is fantastic!!! Thank you, @MunchinTime, for sharing this awesome recipe.

  6. This sounds sooo yummy!
    I’ve got a couple of probably silly questions. I would be using boneless breast and in the oven. Could it be done the way I would normally cook chicken? At 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes? Or do I need to make some adjustments? It’s just me so grilling is a bit of work for just 1.

    Also, instead of cornstarch, what could be used instead?

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!! 😍

  7. Annie tookes

    5 stars
    Great recipe to have when you have friends coming by

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