Recipe for Korean Sweet Soy and Honey Chicken

Sweet Soy Chicken. Naomi Imatome
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
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This recipe for Korean sweet soy and honey chicken is simple and not time-consuming to make. So, if you're on the go or simply don't have much time to spare after leaving work, picking up the kids, etc., this meal is a must try.

If you're not super familiar with Korean food, have no fear. The great thing about chicken is that it's a truly international food. This meal should taste very familiar to you, but with the addition of spices and sauces traditionally used in Korean cooking.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it can be done in one pan on the stovetop. It's also great on the grill, on skewers or as the protein in a meal salad. So, if you're trying to eat more healthful foods, eating this chicken, instead of chicken of the traditional, fried and fatty American variety, won't completely derail your efforts.

If you're making this meal for a family of four, this recipe (unless you double or triple it) will be enough for one night. If you're making it for just yourself or for yourself and another person, you should have enough for leftovers. Use the chicken as the protein in a salad and you'll have enough to treat yourself for up to one work week.

What You'll Need

  • To make Korean sweet soy and honey chicken, you'll need 3 pounds of chicken breasts, pounded very thin or cut into pieces. Grocery stores often sell diced chicken ready to go, or you can ask your butcher to prepare the chicken for you in this way.
  • The recipe also requires 3 cloves of garlic, minced.
  • Finally, you'll need 1 cup of soy honey glaze.

How to Make It

  1. To begin making the dish, you'll need to cover the chicken in soy honey mixture and garlic and marinate for at least 20 minutes. To make the mixture, you'll need soy sauce, sugar, honey and olive oil. If you're a diabetic and need to control your blood sugar, be sure not to overdo any of these ingredients. Even though honey is often used as an alternative to sugar, it can still cause blood sugar spikes. You may want the cut the amount of honey or sugar, to be safe, or prepare to go for a quick walk after dinner. 
  1. After you've completed the mixture, you'll need to put the chicken and marinade into a pan. Then, you'll cover it and bring to a low simmer.
  2. Next, you'll cook until the chicken is done. Be sure to turn the meat at least once. This step should take about 20 minutes, but since cook time varies depending on your stovetop, grill or the thickness and cut of the meat, don't simply stop at the 20-minute mark. Be sure the chicken is done, since undercooked chicken can lead to salmonella and a host of other health problems.