Tired of boring old chicken breasts? Solve the dinner dilemma with a fast and fresh recipe for Glazed Honey Soy Chicken Thighs.
When it comes to underrated poultry, there isn’t a more deserving candidate for praise than good ol’ chicken thighs. They’re packed with flavor, far superior in juiciness and are fall-off-the-bone tender … when cooked correctly!
For the first 25 years of my life, I walked right past the chicken thighs in the grocery store aisle. They didn’t get so much as a secondary glance as I made a beeline for the trusty chicken breasts, an item I knew I could transform into any variation of roulades, nuggets, tenders and more. But add a bold marinade-turned-glaze to the equation, and chicken thighs will be your new poultry of choice.
How Long to Bake Bone-In Chicken Thighs
It’s virtually impossible to overcook bone-in chicken thighs, which makes them a very welcome addition to my dinnertime lineup (a.k.a. multi-tasking central!). In this recipe, I keep the skin on the chicken thighs, so the goal is juicy chicken and crispy skin, which you can achieve by baking them at 350°F.
The specific time will be based on the size of the thighs, however the goal is for the chicken to reach an internal temperature of 165°F with juices running clear (rather than pink).
How Long Can You Marinate Chicken?
The marinade time depends on what’s in your specific marinade. Acidic ingredients, in the form of vinegars and citrus, can actually begin to cook and break down the poultry after time, so it’s important to restrict those marinades to a minimum of 6 hours for maximum flavor and no longer than 24 hours for food safety purposes.
When it comes to serving, we enjoy Glazed Honey Soy Chicken Thighs with a side of rice, but any type of Asian-inspired noodle dish would be spectacular. Add a bowl of Chilled Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodles to the lineup and the dinner dilemma has been solved!
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- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 Tablespoons chopped scallions
- 8 large bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- In a large sealable bag, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, lime juice, vegetable oil, garlic, ginger, scallions and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken thighs, seal the bag, then carefully move the chicken around in the bag until it’s well coated. Refrigerate the chicken for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F with the rack in the center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place an oven-proof baking wrack on top.
- Remove the chicken from the bag, reserving the marinade. Shake off any excess marinade from the chicken then arrange the thighs skin-side up on the baking rack. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes. While the chicken is baking, make the glaze.
- Whisk together the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water. Add the reserved marinade to a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring the marinade to a boil then whisk in the cornstarch slurry and continue boiling, whisking intermittently, until the sauce thickens to the consistency of syrup, about 5 minutes. (The glaze must come to a boil to get rid of any potential bacteria from the raw chicken.) Remove the glaze from the stove.
- Remove the chicken thighs from the oven and brush them generously with the glaze. Return them to the oven until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F and the juices run clear and not pink, an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove the chicken from the oven, brush it with additional glaze and serve.
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Hi Kelly, do you have to use vegetable oil or is EVOO ok? Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.
That’ll work, Jess. :) And I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying Just a Taste!
Kelly, my husband said this was better then his fried chicken(which is a big deal )thanks a bunch for the fantastic recipe!
WOWZA! I’m so thrilled you and your husband enjoyed the recipe, Tanya!
I buy a very large package of skin on bone in chicken thighs at BJ’s and there are about 18 thighs in the package.
I prefer cooking them all at the same time and freezing what I won’t be eating at that meal.
I have tried many different marinades and glazes and always come back to this one. Don’t spend your time looking for anything better. This gets the “OSCA” and any other prize available.
I’m 94 years old and the best part of my day is when I’m using this recipe. Try it …I guarantee you’ll love it!!
Love, love LOVE reading this, Lilyan! I’m so thrilled you’ve been enjoying the recipe!
Finally this recipe that turns out like it looks online. It was a hit with the family.
I’m so thrilled to read this, Denise!
Very tasty thank you for sharing your recipes! Your pomegranate guac is also a favorite in our house!
Woohoo! I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying Just a Taste, Tricia!
So good and quick kids ate it all
I’m thrilled to read this, Sheri!
Made this for dinner and it was a huge hit. My husband and I loved this sauce and can’t wait to try it on pork in the near future.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Marcia!
YUM! Can’t believe how amazing this was! A definite keeper! Thank you so much!
You are so welcome, Alberta! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe!
Very good, everyone loved it!
So thrilled to hear this, Michael!
This was a winner! So glad I decided to mix it up! Used ground ginger and garlic powder since I that’s what I had and decided to add a 1/4 tsp of turmeric. I had it with a side salad while the rest of the family had it with ramen. Will make again!
I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Leona!
I don’t have fresh ginger on hand, do you think I could substitute dried ginger from the spice isle? If so, how much?
Absolutely! Substitute about 1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder for every tablespoon of fresh, so in this recipe I’d use 1/4 teaspoon :)
I’m not a fan of ginger so I left that out and it was still outstanding.
I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Jenine!
Can i use something other than cornstarch for the extra marinade?
Hi Robin – I’ve never tried this, but I have read you can use arrowroot. When using it as a replacement, one part cornstarch is equivalent to two parts of arrowroot. Let me know if you give it a shot!
Excellent marinade. Very good!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Betty!
Absolutely delicious recipe. My husband and I had it on Valentine’s Day with asparagus and quinoa. A keeper!
I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Jane!