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Saucy Baked Chicken

This irresistible chicken gets its wonderful flavor from bubbling in honey and soy sauce while baking. It’s our biggest hit with the families we serve it to. —Caroline Champoux, Londonderry, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place chicken in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients; pour over chicken.
  • Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, basting occasionally. Remove chicken from dish and keep warm.
  • Transfer sauce to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 12-15 minutes or until sauce is reduced to 1-1/4 cups.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with about 3 tablespoons sauce: 412 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1013mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 0 fiber), 36g protein.

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  • Elizabeth
    Jan 6, 2021

    Has anyone notice that the ingredients for this recipe are quite expensive? I just happened to have a huge bottle of honey from Sam's club, but a whole cup? That's like the whole one of those little bears, plus half a cup of soy sauce, which is an ingredient most recipes use by the teaspoon or tbsp. Then you are supposed to take the chicken out when it is done and keep it warm for 15 minutes while you reduce the sauce. This could cause the chicken to dry out. The sauce was good, but honestly, it tasted like the teriyaki sauce I buy in the bottle. Using that would be less hassle and less expensive. Not for a person on a budget.

  • squeakymouse
    May 5, 2019

    Very good. Juicy.

  • jbander2
    Jan 11, 2017

    Made this for dinner tonight, and we thought it was wonderful. It went together very quickly, popped in the oven, and came out browned and juicy. I used only 1/2 c. of honey, and kept the rest the same. I also used chicken thighs instead of breasts, and they were tender and tasty. Will make again.

  • Debglass11
    Sep 14, 2016

    My family really enjoyed this chicken dish! I used only about 3/4 cup of honey, increased the soy sauce and added a bit more ketchup. After reducing, I did thicken the sauce with some flour. The sauce was yummy and the chicken was great served over rice. This is an easy weeknight meal!

  • tiffanykorn
    Aug 28, 2016

    Delicious chicken. Kept the chicken moist and with good flavor.

  • dschultz01
    Feb 4, 2016

    Nope, didn't care for this sauce at all. The soy sauce taste was too strong, and maybe I reduced it too much, but the sauce started to harden as it cooled. I'm soaking my saucepan now in the hopes that I can salvage it. The chicken did come out very tender though.

  • cynandtom
    Jan 29, 2016

    I made this dish for dinner last night. I considered browning the chicken first, (flavor in the brown), but decided to make the recipe exactly. Saving that step of browning, I put this dish together in 5 minutes. My husband and I both loved it. I suggested to my husband maybe we use a little chipoltle or cayenne for heat to balance the sweet next time, but he didn't think we would need to. So this dish is a definite keeper, the added heat to be decided upon later. We served with rice and corn. Delish!

  • JGa2595176
    Jan 28, 2016

    The chicken came out super tender, and it was nice to have the ingredients on hand. However, the sauce was not a huge hit. Too much soy sauce perhaps, in comparison to other ingredients? Probably would not make again.

  • dinner47
    Jan 26, 2016

    The chicken came out tender but unfortunately no one in the family liked the sauce. We had to throw out the sauce which was a waste but we ate the chicken breasts.

  • redhen1970
    Jan 25, 2016

    Outstanding. Saving the sauce recipe also for pork. Added a bit of minced ginger..and stuffed the breasts with a breakfast sausage and stuffing mixture. A keeper !!!! Why doesn't it have more ratings??!!! And a big plus, it' super easy!