Honey Soy Sauce Chicken はちみつ醤油チキン

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Thank you for your kind well wishes on my previous post.  I think I’m getting better but the recovery is slower than usual.  Age, I suppose?  My husband thinks it’s all due to me lacking sleep for the past 2 years… maybe.  I can easily work on the blog for 5-6 hours after kids go to bed and I feel like it’s still not enough time.  I wonder if all the other mommy bloggers are struggling with the same challenges.

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Honey Soy Sauce Chicken #recipe | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Today I am going to share my super easy Honey Soy Sauce Chicken recipe and I hope this will come in handy on your busy day.  All you need to do is to marinade the chicken (any parts of chicken you like) in a honey, soy sauce and sake mix and after 1 hour or so, pop in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile you can prepare rice, some salad and miso soup.

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The saltiness from the soy sauce and slight sweetness from honey blends very well together in the oven and the marinade turns into a golden glaze.  I always struggle taking good pictures of chicken drumettes, and this time is no exception.  I hope you still give this recipe a try and make it your go-to recipe when you are busy.  I promise they are tastier than they look.  Enjoy!

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Honey Soy Sauce Chicken
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Serves: 2-3
  • 1.5 lb (12) chicken drumettes (or other chicken parts; for drumsticks, marinade overnight for more flavor)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup) honey
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/4 cup) soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. sake (or substitute with dry sherry)
  1. Rinse the drumettes under cold water and pat dry.
  2. Combine the seasonings in a Ziploc bag. A little tip: I keep the measuring cup upside down to get the last drop of honey while I do next step.
  3. Prick the drumettes all over with a fork and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the drumettes in the Ziploc bag and squeeze the air out, zip up the bag . Coat the drumettes with marinade all around by rubbing them. Marinate for at least 30-60 minutes and of course you can marinade overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). Place the drumettes in a baking pan. Make sure the drumettes are not overlapping each other and the skin side is up. Pour the marinade liquid over top. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Baste the drumettes a couple of times during the baking. If the drumettes are done and the top is not browned, you can change the oven setting to broil until the top is nicely browned. If the top is browned too fast while baking, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil to stop the chicken from burning. Serve immediately.
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  1. Veronica Cervera

    Nami, I hope you can get some rest. I underestand you perfectly. Is not easy for me to blog without kids, so I can imagine how hard is for moms.
    Congrats for making it to the Babble’s list. You deserved it.
    Love this recipe and will do it soon. Last Sunday we had pork belly, and was thinking on you.

  2. I am salivating looking at these chicken pieces. An easy recipe but full of flavour, great eaten with your fingers so can lick it up clean. Yum!

  3. That looks absolutely wonderful! Perfect for any game gatherings/tailgate parties. I love the combination of soy sauce and honey. Lovely post Nami!
    P.S. Get lots of rest/sleep in order to fully recover. Lack of sleep will delay your recovery. I know –I used to struggle with insomnia!

  4. Listen to your husband. Your body is just worn out from being perfect for family, friends, blog and more. Nurture yourself and you’ll be surprised how good you feel.

    These honey soy drummy things look so good. My mouth is watering just looking at these photos.

    Take care, my friend

  5. Beth

    Nami, Another of my all time favorites! I should have known it was this simple. My mouth is watering and it’s time for bed. I think I will have to prepare this for tomorrow nights supper but I will use chicken thigh as that is what is in the freezer. So yummy!!

  6. First of all – Congrats Nami!! You so deserve to be on the top 100 list.
    I always feel that i dont contribute enough time to my blog esp with a full time job and family… dont worry there are lot of ppl who feel the same :)
    This recipe looks so good…i love the second shot..makes me wanna grab it out of the screen :)

  7. Jayne

    Your drumettes are very pretty. I don’t know what you worry about :-). I make speedy baked chicken drumstick with a fairly similar recipe too. It’s just easy to chug everything into a Ziplock the night before then in the morning, shove them into the oven to prep for lunch. Thumbs up!

  8. donna mikasa

    Yum! This looks simple and delicious! I love the sweetness from honey–much different from brown sugar or any other type of sweetener. This recipe looks like a winner!

  9. Nami, it seems I have missed so much while I was away. So sorry to hear you have been unwell and I am so happy you are on the mend.
    I love cooking chicken with soy and honey and must try your version by adding sake.
    Have a lovely day.
    :-) Mandy xo

  10. Oh Nami, congratulations again – so very deserved! And I do hope that you are on the mend and feeling better very soon! Your recipe is wonderful and this must be a dish that is a family favorite or will soon become one – I think we can all agree on the taste of this fabulous Honey Soy Sauce Chicken!
    Have a great Wednesday!

  11. Sorry to hear that you are feeling poorly, Nami. Hope you feel better soon. Love this recipe. Not only is it easy, it also has the best ingredients on chic wings: soy sauce and honey. YUM!!!

  12. Monica

    I love the combination of soy sauce and honey…need to try adding the sake and working with other ingredients. Hope you feel all better soon and congrats on the Babble recognition! This is a terrific blog!

  13. Hi Nami congratulations, it does take a lot of work to be a mummy blogger or any other kind of blogger for that matter. You are obviously appreciated and that is where all those hours count. Love this simple recipe and the golden colour of your chicken looks very appealing

  14. Charlie

    Morning Nami!

    This marinade sounds good, I just want to pick up one of the drumettes and start eating.

    It doesn’t matter if it is breakfast or not.

    A trick I use when using sticky ingredients such as honey, is to spray my measuring cup or spoon w/ a bit of oil or not stick spray.

    Works a treat!

    Have a Joyful Day :~D

  15. Congrats for the Babble Top 100 award! It’s so well-deserved! I share in your happiness, Nami. As for this recipe – it’s terrific. I never had all 3 ingredients in one dish – sake, soy sauce and honey. I’ll take the chicken out of the freezer now and make this for dinner. Thanks for sharing this delish recipe!

  16. Eri

    I didnt know you were sick Nami, I was sick too (I still am actually), I’m thinking the same thing, I think age has to do with it.
    Congratulations again for Bubble’s list, you’re the best my friend.
    Hugs and kisses, I hope that you’ll recover fully very quickly. <3

  17. Hi Nami! Hope you have a speedy recovery! I’m also having the same problem as you… Not enough time!!! Having to juggle between work, family, friends and my blog… 24 hours a day is just not enough!

    And aging is catching up! Although I work out in the gym and exercise almost everyday, I find it more and more difficult to maintain my fitness and take longer to recover from injury and sickness. :(

    Sorry for being off-topic. Thanks for sharing the yummy chick recipe. Looks good to go with wine. 😀

  18. Charlie


    Your ingredient list for the marinade and the pictures of the ingredients don’t seem to coincide.

    In the pics it looks like you used a lot more than the list calls for.

    Is there a discrepancy?

  19. I’m always looking for an easy chicken recipe, Nami. As we’ve talked about before, it’s not easy balancing blogging and family life, says the woman who herself has been getting 5 hours of sleep all week. Don’t burn yourself out, like I did. And congratulations on the top 100!

  20. Okay… you would see only a pile of chicken bones left if you put these in front of me!! I could seriously eat that entire pan full. :) How cool you got into Babble’s 100 Mommy bloggers. Congratulations and well deserved my friend. :)

  21. Hi Nami! Wow that looks really amazing and it’s super simple too! Yummy! Definitely making it! Also congrats on making it to top 100! This is no surprise to me at all! :)

  22. Some foods are hard to photograph, aren’t they? I haven’t tried chicken drumettes, mainly because we rarely eat them. But your pictures are fine – the second one (with them in the pan) is gorgeous! I think this is one of those foods where you have to shoot the shape and texture. Maybe try it with a hard light (so you get noticeable shadows) from the side, and low – so the light “scraps” the surface of the food? I dunno – it’d be fun to play with. So maybe I should make this recipe – which looks terrific, by the way! – and play with it myself! Really good stuff, and I do hope you’re soon feeling 100%. Thanks for this.

  23. carol | a cup of mascarpone

    CONGRATULATIONS, Nami! This couldn’t have happened to a nicer and more deserving person! What a delicious chicken recipe you’ve shared…thank you!

  24. Ira Rodrigues

    I always love an easy dish yet tasty as a bonus outcome. The chicken drumettes looks yummy!
    Take care Nami and get lots of rest :)
    Happy spring X

  25. Orchidea

    Hi. I think your pictures are nice, my favorite is the second one tat shows the chicken in the oven-form. I definitely want to try this recipe which seems very easy an quite if you marinate over night. I will try in on Friday night. Thanks.

  26. I’m so glad to hear you’re recovering, Nami… I do think it takes longer the older we get. And I spend 10+ hours a day on blog-related activities and I STILL don’t feel there’s enough time, so I can only imagine how you’re feeling… But the kids are more important. Love the sound and look of this chicken and if it’s tastier than it looks, then it must be incredible! Because it looks amazing…

  27. I agree with your husband, you are one busy lady and probably working too hard. Congrats on making the list, it’s more than deserved. Your little chicken drums are making me starving, I’m thinking these would be a tasty breakfast. Hope you are having a good week.

  28. Mmm, I wish I had a plate of this chicken for lunch right now! Your photos are so tempting. I know my family will devour this chicken…I’m off to start marinating for dinner. I hope you can get some extra rest and congratulations on making it to Babble’s list!!

  29. I hope you’ve recovered thoroughly by now, Nami. Mom’s take care of everyone else and finally, if they have any time left (unlikely) they take care themselves.

    Wonderful chicken dish by the way. I would use thighs and drumsticks as they’re SO much cheaper than wings. Around here, wings are almost as expensive as breasts on sale.

  30. This chicken is a keeper and probably just what you needed when you were under the weather. I can totally relate to the time crunch and the exhaustion you are experiencing. It’s downright impossible to do it all sometimes and you just have to take a break. If you don’t, your body will demand one! Pinning the chicken and look forward to trying it!

  31. This recipe is perfect for me, Nami. I have all ingredients and I think I will love this dish. Chicken looks so moist! Congratulations for making it to the Babble’s list. You definitely deserved it.
    I hope you are doing well.

  32. You have inspired me, Nami, I will make this tonight. I can put the chicken in the oven then go to football training with my son and when we come back, dinner will be ready. Yes, photographing meat does seem to be more difficult than other options. I know what you mean by burning the candle at both ends. I’m doing it too and I don’t have little kids. (Although my 18 year old daughter woke me up last night vomiting – it was all over the carpet. At 4.20am I was scraping it from the carpet – so unpleasant and she is no better today but I have put a bucket by her bed!) So sorry for the revolting story but that’s motherhood. Congrats on being a Top 100 blogger – you so deserve every bit of recognition xx

  33. Eha

    Wonderfully simple and tasty way to present chicken! But, Nami beautiful lady . . . we could have waited! You have to look after yourself first and then your family – we all are there or have been there and understand: forget about the blog for a few days and go for walks and breathe deeply and [hopefully] stand in the sun and just let your mind go empty: pretty please :) !

  34. It looks very delicious Nami! I made this dish only once like ages ago and I forgot about them. You just reminded me. :) I don’t know how you can work 5-6 hours after kids gone to sleep every day?! I know blogging is a big commitment but take care of yourself too. 😀

  35. Hi Nami, congrats on making the Top 100 Moms Blog. You are definitely one of my fav (food) bloggers :)

    My hubby also always says I spend too much time on the blog tht’s why I’m so tired. LOL! But it’s worth it cos I love it like my 3rd baby 😛

  36. Glad to hear you are feeling better!

    Chicken is one of my favorite things ever! I was not a fan of honey until recently so I am excited for this new recipe!

  37. CK

    I love that you noted that we could use any parts we like for the chicken to marinade. I like sticking with boneless for the munchkins so I am looking forward to giving this one a whirl. My son really likes honey and soy so I think I will split my chicken in half today and make a half batch of this and half batch of chicken and cuke chili oil salad. Little hot, little cold, all tasty.

  38. Congrats on making it to Babble. But take it easy girl. your hubster maybe right… we all need to slow down too.
    I would make these chicken drummettes disappear fast if i was on your dinner table… my table manners will fly out of the room if i was there haha.
    take care.. and please have enough sleep. you can never bring back lost sime in sleeping!

  39. Congrats on Babble 2013! You deserve it. Regarding time, mommydom and blogging, no, there’s never enough time. Even if I put Dudette to bed at 6pm, which I’d try if I thought I could get away with it, I wouldn’t have enough time. My messy kitchen is proof.

    That being said, I’d make time for these drumettes. I love the combination of soy, honey and sake. I’m sure there will be some sort of sport on this weekend that’ll need these for watching. :)

  40. Hi Nami,
    these are wonderful news, congratulations!
    Your blog is fantastic and you really deserve this award.
    The honey soy sauce looks so tasty and the color of the chicken is perfect-golden and crisp.
    Get well soon :)

  41. Happy to hear you’re feeling better and happy that you posted this recipe. I was making out my grocery list when I decided to pop in here and check out this post. Perfect timing for me to re-do my list!

  42. Congratulations Nami!! You deserve it!!! I understand the challenges Nami….it’s getting to me too, lol!! Kids, house, dogs, husband….and then blog which is actually a full time job with none of the perks associated with the regular job. I am on vacation, and I still find myself at the blog, checking, correcting, uploading, taking notes…lol!! But I am thinking this time the Flu has a stronger strain than normal, so that could be why it’s taking you so much time. Get back to being fit and fine very soon. The chicken looks wonderful too.

  43. Oh wow….they look so golden and delicious. So simple too. I just had some hot and spicy chicken wings yesterday. I bought them ready marinated. Looks like I’m going to have more chicken wings 😀 When summer comes, even more chicken wings!…..BBQ…. yay

  44. Congratulations on making it to be on the Top 100, Nami san! You have demonstrated that all the efforts you put into the blog pays off at the end. Thank you for the inspirations always.

    なみさん、Top 100 おめでとう!努力が実るとはこういう事ですね。いつもインスピレーションを与えてくれてありがとう!

  45. Oh you are not that old…it’s just that you are exhausted from the cold and should slow down and get a nice long nap to re-energize your body!
    Also Congrats on the Babble, you deserve it more than anybody!
    Now about the chicken hehe…looks so good that I want to eat it off the screen…I love your tempting shots, very delicious! I can’t wait summer for your grilling duo..you always have such a yummy grilled recipes! I hope you will be full of energy soon!

  46. Congratulations Nami!!! You deserve it Darlin! So do you sleep? 5 to 6 hours AFTER the kids go to bed! That doesn’t leave much time for a good night sleep. Take care of yourself Darlin. Well, your chicken does sound as good as it looks! I love simple and fingerlicking good recipes like this. These look perfect!

  47. Well, if these are tastier than they look they must be out of this world, because I think they look fabulous. They don’t look like they were hard to photo at all – they look perfect. I know I will be making this recipe ASAP. The kids will go nuts for this and I know Mike and I will enjoy it just as much. Great recipe Nami! Congrats on the Babble win. Well-deserved. :)

  48. Marguerite

    Hi Nami!
    Tried your Honey Soy Sauce marinate recipe tonight for our dinner with whole chicken thighs and baked them for 40 minutes. Came out perfectly cooked and succulent. My fiancé said the flavour was very very good enjoyed the chicken dinner very much! Thank you! :)

  49. Namiko-san, Thank you for this perfectly easy and delicious weeknight meal. So few ingredients and effort and looks so tasty. You know the rule.. “Moms can’t be sick” Maybe your smart little hubby is right, this is a wake up call that you need to start taking better care of your self. Congratulations on making it to the Babble’s top 100 but I would rather you be healthy!!!!!! Take care, BAM

  50. You know Nami sometime I feel how can I cook anything without honey… It is a life saver..LOL
    This looks fabulous… Iam sure it must taste divine…
    You take it easy gal, rest and get back slowly… You are a strong gal, I tried working late night for few days but man my body gave up… Opps I am getting OLD… lol

  51. I hope you are joking about “struggling”! These are among the most luscious chicken photos I have ever seen. I can almost smell the caramelised mixture of soy sauce and honey… I love mixing soy sauce with sweet products (sugar, syrup, mirin…), so I’m sure I would get addicted to this easy, but creative way to serve my beloved chicken. I still haven’t made my weekend shopping, so maybe I could buy some chicken legs and try one more of your recipes!
    Congratulations for the Babble’s list!

  52. Cristina

    Congrats on your more than deserved Top 100 nomination, Nami!! :) I read honey+soy sauce in the title and was SOLD. I can taste this chicken for dinner! Hope you’re feeling much better…

  53. Congratulations on your achievement on Babble, Nami! Believe me, it’s not just moms who have to juggle kids, work, food, and blogging… us dads have our work cut out for us too :).

  54. 昨日日本から戻って来ました。日本での時間はすご~い早さで過ぎて行きます。もっと居たかったなあ、まだまだ買い物があったのにぃーなんてね。でもお金とこれ以上体重が増えるとやばいから、まあいいか。これ美味しそう。いいよね、焼き鳥風で。病気だったの?ゴメン知らなくて。食欲の湧く料理は今の私にはやばいかも?

  55. Mae

    Hi Nami:

    I just tried this recipe tonight and used the regular drum sticks from Trader’s Joe (that’s all they had). I bought two packages which totaled close to 3 pounds so I doubled your recipe for the marinade. Although I followed your recipe very carefully and basted every five minutes, I will admit that using a drumette for this recipe is the best. The drum stick is way too much meat and even though I poked it with a fork and seasoned with salt and pepper, it is too thick for the juices to penetrate. I’ll try it again with the drumettes from Safeway. Very easy recipe to follow; thank you for the post.

    • Hi Mae! Yeah drumsticks might be hard to get enough flavor in such a short marinade time. I’ll update my recipe and mention that drumsticks will need overnight marinade. Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback!

  56. Orchidea

    As I told you before I was thinking to make this and I did on Saturday evening… both me and my husband loved it, I have some left for my lunch box!

  57. Aurelia

    Hi Nami,

    I’m a French gal living in Spain , with an Italian husband and 2 kids, and I just wanted to say, although I discovered it recently, I’m crazy about your website, so far I’ve tried 2 of your recipes, including this one tonight, and it was absolutely delicious, so good in fact, that it almost started a family war over the last drumstick…My 2 years old had the last word! I really recommend it to anyone, can’t wait to make some more.I imagine this is not the right place, but I’m not sure where to ask, I’ve seen some of your recipes contain shiso, which is hard to come by over here in Europe, can you or anyone advice between Basil and Mint, which would be the closest subsitute? Thanks and Congrats again for an amazing website!

    • Hi Aurelia! Welcome to my blog and I’m so happy you enjoy reading it! Thanks for asking about shiso leaves. It’s something that I can’t think of substituting because it has an unique flavor and none of suggestion I find online would be correct. I also want to suggest that Korean cuisine uses shiso leaves (Korean has different name), and Korean stores carries them. Look for “perilla” (English name). My friend in Switzerland can easily get shiso leaves, which really surprised me because I would think it’s a hard ingredient to find outside of Japan. If you still cannot find it, a lot of them you can just omit…or try with basil and mint and let me know? :)

      Thank you for your kind words and support!

    • Hi David! So happy to hear you liked this recipe! Thank you for the link – I could share on Facebook this time without an issue. :) Your chicken has really nice glaze!! Now I want to eat it!

      • David Ng

        Great! Thanks for the share! I’m glad that we finally got those pesky permissions issues on Facebook sorted!

        I cut up one whole chicken and marinated the whole thing in the baking pan overnight. Ironically, the one part I didn’t include were the wings! I plan to try this with all wings like you did, and maybe experiment with an uncut bird.

        Do you think this marinade might work with pork? Thinking a pork tenderloin might match nicely.

        • Hi David! Your chicken looked so good and thank you for sharing – your post was viewed by many people (you don’t see the stats from the public but I can see. :)). Thanks for sending that pictures and encouraging other people to try this recipe!

          I think the pork will work too, as long as you keep it moist. :)

  58. Tamara Smith

    Thank you for the simplicity of this recipe. I made this tonight for dinner and everyone cleaned their plates. Thank you, thank you!

    • Hi Tamara! Thank you so much for writing your feedback! SO happy to hear your family enjoyed it. I love easy and delicious recipes! Thanks again for taking your time to write here. :)

  59. I love these simple marinades! It’s amazing how super simple ingredients combine to make something delicious.

    Glad you’re feeling better and congratulations on the top 100!

  60. Noora

    My family finally got tired of eating curry and asked for something different, so I made this chicken. I used skinless drumsticks instead because my dad thinks drumettes are only ‘snacks’ and eats them like they’re peanuts (he’s a big meat-eater). I accidentally marinated them for two days, but they turned out fantastic anyway!

    • Hi Noora! Haha, I remember you wrote a comment on curry post! 😀 Since you used drumsticks (thicker), it was actually nice that they got nicely marinaded for a long time (drumettes could have been a little salty). So happy you enjoyed this dish! :)

  61. Being a mom blogger is not easy and I can totally relate to you on spending few hours after my daughter goes to bed. It is tiring in the morning to go to work but though I am very new compared to most of you, I love blogging. I hope you get some rest, Nami.

    Love the way the chicken looks. Must have tasted great!

  62. Angie

    HI! I just discovered your blog and this delicious looking chicken! YUM! I unfortunately did not have sake. Can you recommend where to get it??

    • Hi Angie! Welcome to my blog!

      If you click “sake” in the ingredient list, there is a little more explanation about it such as brand I use, etc.

      Most of Asian grocery stores carry sake, but if you cannot find it, then you can always substitute with dry sherry. Not exactly the same, but close enough. Hope that helps! :)

  63. Hi Nami,
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful honey soy sauce chicken.
    My family love it. I have cooked this twice and will cooked again:D

    I love all your recipes and I have Like you in FB.
    Will also subscribe to your blog too 😀
    Cheers ^_^

    • Hi Mui! Thank you for trying this recipe! I’m happy to hear your family enjoyed it! Thanks so much for following my blog! xo :)

  64. Sally Baker

    I love your website. The instructions are easy to follow, and the photos inspire me. Keep up the good work.

  65. Alessa

    Is it possible to use Mirin instead? I do not often cook with recipes calling for Sake and just wondered if the taste would be highly different?

    Appreciate your response. Thanks! :)

    • Hi Alessa! Mirin already has sake in it, but it’s sweetened; therefore reduce a little bit of honey and it should work. :) Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  66. Annie

    Nami, this is so easy and tasty. If you could post more recipes like this, marinate and stick in the oven type recipes, I would be so grateful!!!

    Thank you!

    • Hi Annie! Thank you for trying this recipe and happy to hear you enjoyed it! Yes, I’m a big fan of easy recipes too, and hope to share more recipes like this. Meanwhile I hope you check out others easy recipes that are already posted on my blog. Thank you very much for your kind feedback!

  67. Ryan

    Hi! I’m a college student that’s looking for some nice easy food to make like this. However, I’m not 21 yet, so I can’t buy sake. Is there a good substitute for it?

    • Hi Ryan! If you have a Japanese grocery store nearby, you can use “Cooking Sake”. They are not considered alcohol, and it’s more of seasonings, so it’s available for purchase without ID. If you cannot find cooking sake, then… hmmm… you can dilute with water a little bit (if soy sauce taste is too strong). Hope that helps, and enjoy the recipe!

  68. Siska

    Hi naomi..
    Your chicken looks yummy.. I would like to ask, what must i use if i don’t have sake or dry sherry? Thank you naomi..

    • Do you use any alcohol? Like white wine or Chinese rice wine? They are okay too since it’s a small portion. It helps removing gamey taste, so it’s kind of important. But if you don’t really care about the gamey flavor, you can omit it. :)

  69. Yulianda

    Hi Nami. It is possible if I marinade overnight the chicken in cooler box with ice? I live in dormitory, and no refrigerator in here.

  70. Hi Nami, this tastes so good!!! :) I marinated it before I went to bed and in the morning, got up at 6:30AM, placed it in the oven and it was cooking while my husband and I were getting ready for work. By around 7:05, it was done and the house smelled delicious! We had a very yummy packed lunch! :) Love love love your recipes!

  71. soh

    Hi, I tried this recipe for lunch, it turned out so yummy, my girl love it, do you think I can use whole chicken for this christmas ? I am not a good cook, need your advice, how long should bake for whole chicken? any other tips.
    Thank you for sharing !

    • Hi Soh! Thank you so much for trying this recipe! For the whole chicken to absorb good flavor, you need to marinate a little longer. But at the same time you don’t want to make the chicken salty either, so the balance is a little bit difficult. Small drumettes/wings works better because meat is think so the flavor goes in easier. If you really want to try with whole chicken, marinate for a longer time, but try adjusting with soy sauce amount. Maybe reduce a little bit to marinade for a longer time and 1-2 hours before cooking add the rest of soy sauce. That way you cook with the sauce but it won’t be too salty. The cooking time vary depending on the size. Hope that helps. :)

    • Hi Clif! Sure, you can. :) But when you marinade the chicken first, it gets burn easily over BBQ grill. I recommend you to baste it several times while grilling. Hope I answered in time before your Valentine’s Day dinner…

  72. crystal

    Just wanted to say thankyou Nami.
    I have just made this recipe and oh my god, it was amazing ! i couldnt understand that honey and soy sauce could go so well ! I was sceptical but when we ate that chicken…ooooh mmy goodness its so good !!!

    Thanks again :)

    • Hi Crystal! Thank you so much for your feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe. Yes, it’s simple and easy yet delicious! Most of Japanese recipes uses soy sauce, mirin or/and sugar to make similar flavor (aka teriyaki sauce). Thank you again! :)

  73. Pepper

    Hi Nami,

    My sister and I made this recipe tonight… to be used for our bento lunches tomorrow. Sadly, it didn’t make it to our bento boxes. On the plus side, it was really delicious while it lasted! We just couldn’t resist it, then we had to share with mom and dad… and our uncle who was over. Everyone enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing this recipe. We followed everything as directed, and it smelled and looked wonderful!

    • Hi Pepper! Haha, well it’s too bad that they didn’t make it into bento lunches, but I’m very happy to hear your family enjoyed this recipe! Thank you so much for your kind feedback! :)

  74. Kate

    I’ve tried this twice now. The marinade makes even chicken breasts juicy when baked. Also works well for grilled chicken. Yum!

  75. Natasha

    Hi! I just found your site and it’s amazing! I tried your tuna tataki and it was a real winner with my boyfriend. I am thinking of trying this chicken recipe tonight. I noticed that you turn you measuring cup over in the bag to get every last drop of honey. Someone recently showed me a neat trick of lightly lining the spoon or measuring cup with olive oil which results in the honey slipping right out. Hope this helps!

    • Hi Natasha! Thank you so much for the tip! I’ll definitely try that out. I usually use mini silicon spatula to take out the last bit of condiments but someone told me they don’t have those spatulas… =P Your tip is good for everyone! :)

      I’m happy to hear you and your boyfriend enjoyed the tataki recipe! Thank you so much for your kind feedback. xoxo

  76. Z.

    Hi Nami
    Thank you for your wonderful site and recipes.
    Can I ask you if I can use vinegar instead of sake?

    Thank you 😀

    • Hi Z! Thank you for following my site! :)

      Sake and vinegar is different thing and you can’t substitute each other. If you have Chinese rice wine or dry white wine (such as sherry) you can use instead. Otherwise you can omit. Sake helps flavor of the seasonings more mild and remove games flavor. If you plan to cook a lot of Japanese food, sake is one of must ingredients. Hope this helps! :)

  77. Haszreen

    Hi! can i know what is substitute for sake and dry sherry? because i am a muslim i can’t drink alcohol, can you give another for ingredient to replace (sake and dry sherry). thanks

    • Hi Haszreen! You can just omit it, but dilute the sauce with water. Maybe add a bit of ginger (optional) to remove gamey flavor from chicken? We use sake to remove the gamey flavor from meat. But that’s up to you if you don’t mind. Hope this helps and enjoy the recipe! Thank you for vising my site!

  78. Natalie

    Hi Nami, looks like I’m going to share all my reviews on all the dishes that I’ve tried on your blog! I really loved this simple dish! Something an amateur like me can totally handle. The drumlets turned out beautifully brown and had a lovely sweetness to it. This was truly finger-lic’ken good =D . One question, do you think I can sub the chicken with short pork ribs? If possible, will it be the same time / temp in the oven? We are expecting some friends this weekend and am wondering if this can be done! Thank you Nami !

    • Hi Natalie! Isn’t this dish easy and delicious? So glad you enjoyed it too! Hmm instead of short pork ribs, I’d use meatballs (beef/pork/or chicken), other parts of chicken, etc since it has nice sweet taste to it. I haven’t made it with other kinds of meat, so I can’t give you the right time, so please adjust according to your ingredients. :)

  79. Gabriela

    I saw a post on tumbler with a picture of this recipe and I came looking. I am so glad I did, I am a new mom too with little time and little sleep, this is amazing! I will def follow you! Not only did we love the chicken but the easy prep was so great for me! Thank you and know you have a new mom fan!

  80. Wendy

    I made this today! It was delicious! I used chicken breast and had mirin instead of sake, but it was still good, I want to use lemons instead next time, with the honey n soy sauce too!