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!
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
- Lime juice
- Salt + white pepper
How to marinate chicken thighs
Step 1: Whisk all of the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl.
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
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.
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.
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.
More savory chicken dinners
Chicken Marinade with Honey and Soy Sauce
- 2-3 lb chicken thighs
- 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
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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