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  • Easy Honey Soy Chicken marinated in sake, soy sauce, and honey. This is a quick and simple meal everyone needs for a weeknight dinner.

    A white plate containing Honey Soy Chicken Wings

    On the busiest nights, we all need some reliable chicken recipes to save the day. This is my fail-proof, super easy Honey Soy Chicken that works every time.

    Savory and sticky sweet, my family never seem to have enough of these chicken whenever I cook up a batch. I hope the recipe will come in handy on your busy days too!

    Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

    • So delicious!
    • Requires minimal, pantry-friendly ingredients.
    • Simple prep work.
    • Highly flexible –  I used drumettes for its tender dark meat and quick cooking time, but you can use any other cuts of chicken like breasts, thighs, drumsticks, or wings. If you like to fire up the grill or smoker, this recipe works great too.

    A baking sheet containing Honey Soy Chicken Wings

    3 Ingredients Marinade for Honey Soy Chicken

    The tasty marinade requires only 3 ingredients:

    1. Soy sauce
    2. Sake
    3. Honey

    The savoriness from the soy sauce and slight sweetness from the honey not only imparts a wonderful flavor to the chicken but also a shiny golden glaze on the surface. The sake or Japanese rice wine tenderizes the meat and help remove any odor. If you couldn’t find sake, you can substitute it with dry sherry. 

    All you need is to combine the mixture in a large ziplock bag, add in the chicken, making sure each piece is well coated and let marinade. When ready to cook, pop them into the oven and bake for 30 minutes until golden. The results are tender, juicy drumettes that everyone will love. 

    Japanese bento box containing Honey Soy Chicken Wings

    Pack Your Chicken Leftovers in the Bento!

    If you cook up a big batch for leftover, you can remove the meat from the wings and shred it into pieces and pack into a bento lunch box with tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelette), cherry tomatoes, sauteed cabbage, fruits, and onigiri (rice balls)

    A white plate containing Honey Soy Chicken Wings


    When the chicken is baking in the oven, I would prepare steamed rice, a simple salad, and miso soup. In no time, a delicious, healthy dinner is ready for the family!

    This Honey Soy Chicken makes an ideal candidate for a weeknight dinner. Because they are so fun to eat, my family also enjoys them on movie nights. 

    A white plate containing Honey Soy Chicken Wings
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    A white plate containing Honey Soy Chicken Wings
    Honey Soy Chicken
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr

    Easy Honey Soy Chicken marinated in sake, soy sauce, and honey. This is a quick and simple meal everyone needs for a weeknight dinner.

    Course: Appetizer, Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: baked chicken, easy
    Servings: 3
    Author: Nami
    • 1.5 lb chicken drumettes (680 g, 12 pieces; or other chicken parts; If you use drumsticks, marinade overnight for more flavor)
    • kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 Tbsp honey (¼ cup)
    • 4 Tbsp soy sauce (¼ cup)
    • 2 Tbsp sake (or substitute with dry sherry)
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Ingredients
    2. Rinse the drumettes under cold water and pat dry.
      Honey Soy Sauce Chicken 1
    3. 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 the next step.

      Honey Soy Sauce Chicken 2
    4. Prick the drumettes all over with a fork and season with salt and pepper.

      Honey Soy Sauce Chicken 3
    5. 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.

      Honey Soy Sauce Chicken 4
    6. 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.

      Honey Soy Sauce Chicken 5
    7. 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.

      Honey Soy Sauce Chicken 6
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 9, 2013. It’s been edited and republished in May 2020.

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