Honey Soy Chicken

Tired of BBQ chicken? Try a honey soy chicken. The sauce tenderises the meat and adds flavour to the chicken. In addition it smells smell heavenly. The best: it will suit many sides. American coleslaw salad, Macaroni salad or just rice, vegetables or potatoes.

The recipe is calculated for 1,5 kg or 750 g of poultry.

Honey Soy Chicken

Recipe: Honey Soy Chicken

Amount: 6 servings


1.5 kg chicken or turkey, in big chunks, e.g. skinless boneless thighs or breast

Honey Soy Marinade Sauce

1,5 kg half portion 750gSauce ingredients
125 ml
225 g
85 ml
65 ml
1 tbsp
1 tsp
40 ml
75 ml
30 ml
20 ml
1/2 tbsp
1/2 tsp
light soy sauce
honey or maple syrup
cider vinegar or rice vinegar
Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry
sesame oil
gloves garlic, finely mince
black pepper, freshly ground


  • At first prepare the honey soy marinade sauce. Therefore place all sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix well until the honey is completely dissolved. This works easier with warm honey. But don’t boil it. Keep a quarter of the sauce for basting.
  • Then pour the marinade over the chicken pieces in a container that can be closed with a lid. Coat the chicken thoroughly. Afterwards cover the container and refrigerate the chicken pieces 24 to 48 hours. Minimum is 3 hours.
  • Before the BBQ Mix the glaze. Don’t reuse the marinade. That’s not hygienic. Next step is to glaze the chicken pieces before BBQ on both sides.
  • Now the honey soy chicken is ready to be grilled. Cook the pieces on the first side for 2 minutes. Flip the pieces and baste them again. Cook them on the second side for 2 minutes, then flip the pieces and baste them again every 2 minutes or so for. Total cooking time is around 8 minutes. Make sure the chicken is cooked well to avoid a food safety hazard. Most important to remember, marinating does not add moisture to the chicken. So don’t overcook it.


Chicken thighs are foolproof and don’t dry out like chicken breasts do.

For turkey lovers – use turkey pieces. They taste also spectacular.

The honey soy chicken can also be fried in a hot iron skillet. The glaze caramelised. So make sure to soak the pan in water afterwards.

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