WIth juicy pieces of chicken glazed in a sweet and sour honey lemon glaze, this easy dish comes together in just minutes from pantry staples.

Lemon Honey Chicken

With tender, juicy chicken glazed in a tangy sweet sauce made from tomatoes, honey, lemon, and garlic, this Lemon Honey Chicken was a childhood favorite of mine.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, easy, honey-lemon, quick, weeknight
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 443 kcal


For honey lemon sauce

  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (save the rinds to zest)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For chicken

  • 700 grams skin-on chicken thighs
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 grams garlic (1 large clove, minced)


  1. Whisk the white wine, tomato paste, honey, lemon juice, and salt together to make the sauce.
    Honey lemon chicken sauce with squeezed lemons.
  2. Generously salt and pepper the chicken and then dust with the flour.
    Chicken thighs dusted with flour on a tray for making honey lemon chicken.
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat until hot, and then add the olive oil, garlic, and chicken skin-side down. Fry until the skin is golden brown and crisp. Flip and brown the other side.
    Chicken thighs browning in a frying pan with garlic for honey lemon chicken.
  4. Drain off any excess oil with a paper towel and then add the sauce. Cover and turn down the heat to maintain a simmer until the chicken is cooked through (7-8 minutes)
    Honey lemon chicken in a frying pan, covered with a lid.
  5. When the chicken is cooked, remove the lid and turn up the heat to reduce the sauce. Flip the chicken repeatedly until the sauce is caramelized around the outside of the chicken.
    Chicken thigh pieces covered in honey lemon and tomato sauce.
  6. Plate the chicken and zest some lemon zest on top to garnish.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Honey Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 501mg22%
Potassium 437mg12%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.