I used to get stuck thinking what meat to incorporate into our meals. It was only recently that I made this at home and I was pretty happy with how it turned out. My usual go-to chicken seasoning/marinade is lemon, salt and pepper, but I was craving something on the sweet side. When I think of sweet tasting meat – first thing that comes to mind is honey. As usual, I like to keep things simple, nothing worse than looking for a recipe and you find out you need this one ingredient that you don’t have, worst if you would only have to use it once or if it was something you knew you wouldn’t normally use in your kitchen.
This honey chicken is perfect to pair with any salad, pasta, rice, or Asian noodles.
Here’s what you will need for the marinade:
- 5 pcs of boneless chicken thighs
- 4 tbsp buckwheat honey (use whatever honey you have)
- Garlic, 2-3 cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp of soy sauce
- 1-2 tbsp of butter
- 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
STEP1: Mix honey, garlic, soy sauce and pepper in a bowl. Add the chicken and marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes.
STEP2: Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the olive oil and butter.
STEP3: Just before you put the chicken in the pan, turn the stove on low heat, nothing over medium heat. This is very important as honey can burn easily. Pan fry on each side until brown. This shouldn’t take too long to cook as it is boneless, but it is very important to check that it is cooked all the way through. Mine took about 5 minutes on each side.
STEP4: Once cooked, transfer the chicken to a plate or chopping board and let it cool for a bit, just a few minutes will make the meat even more tender.
STEP5: Add salt to taste and serve (I added a tiny bit of cilantro as well just as a garnish).