Quick and Budget-Friendly Honey Soy Chicken

Quick and Budget-Friendly Honey Soy Chicken Chicken drumstick baked in sweet soy sauce in white ceramic baking dish, close-up.

Honey Soy chicken is universally delicious. This is a kid-friendly and budget family recipe that does not take long to cook at all.

It is also a make and bake meal that you can either make ahead in the morning and throw into the oven forty minutes before dinner time or put together in no time with the kids helping measure things out in the evening. My tip, is look for the chicken thighs on sale to use that day and you’ll save more!

Honey Soy Chicken

Prep time: 5 mins – Cook time: 35-40 mins – Serves 6-8


1 – 1.5kg chicken drumsticks

Sauce Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp finely grated ginger, optional

50ml  soy sauce

50ml sesame oil

50ml honey

100-150ml terriyaki sauce

1/2 lemon, juice squeezed

To finish:

1 tbsp sesame seeds

Serving suggestion: steamed broccoli and beans and basmati rice. You can also dress it up with crunchy fried shallots (available at your local supermarket or asian grocer).


Preheat oven to 190 degrees (180 C Fan-forced)

Combine all sauce ingredients and toss chicken to coat in a large and deep oven-proof dish. You can make ahead and leave them to marinade in fridge and then bring to room temperature for 20 mins before placing in oven.

Place chicken with the smooth side down with sauce in a medium deep tray lined with baking paper and pop in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove tray and turn over chicken thighs with smooth side facing up; then shake sesame seeds over the top of them. Bake for another 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare rice as per packet instructions and any green vegetables you are serving with the dish.

Slice chicken finely and place on a bed of rice with sauce. Serve with greens and rice.



Amorette Zielinski

Amorette is a Mum of two boys who often keep her flying by the seat of her pants and a wife to a man who is so much fun to share life with; never dull! Friends often call her a ‘connector’ because she loves putting like minded people together curating experiences for them.

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