Honey Garlic Oven Baked Chicken

Honey Garlic Oven Baked Chicken is a recipe I adapted from one I found on Pinterest. I was desperately searching through my pins for a new way to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts when I came upon Baked Honey Garlic Chicken at Jo Cooks. Her site is full of delicious looking delicacies. Here’s what mine turned out like.

Honey Garlic Oven Baked Chicken

 

I am sure her version is fabulous, but because I didn’t have some of the ingredients, I had to change the recipe slightly which created a whole new flavour dimension. I added a bit of paprika and a lot of cilantro, because it tastes so good!!

I would love to try it with the sesame that was in the original recipe. Jo’s recipe also called for panko, but I used crushed Special K. Either way tastes great, I’m sure.

The Cilantro

Cilantro is common here because the Chinese use it in sauces and soups. It costs 2-3 HK$ for a bunch, so pretty cheap. This isn’t a Chinese dish, but it uses some common Asian ingredients, such as soy sauce and garlic. I store my washed cilantro in a plastic zip-lock bag, simply because it stays fresh longer. It goes limp overnight unless I do this.

The garlic.

Garlic is cheap here too. Want to know a nifty little trick to make peeling garlic a cinch? (My sister taught me this from here years of living in China.) You need a large, heavy knife, preferably a cleaver, one of those very wide blade knives, but if you don’t have one of them, then any heavy knife will do. Just lay the garlic on the cutting board, one clove at a time, and gently squish it, not totally squished, but enough to break the skin. Then cut off the stubby end and grab the tip and take off the skin with a twist. It makes peeling garlic a breeze! I’m so glad I learned that tip from her, because, as you all know, peeling garlic is one tedious job.

The soy sauce.

I didn’t realize, until I came to Asia, that there is such a thing as a light and dark soy sauce. I just thought soy sauce is soy sauce! Well, there’s a big difference. Light soy sauce is salty and dark soy sauce is not. Light soy sauce is used for flavour, for dipping your food, usually after cooking, whereas dark soy sauce is used in marinades and cooking to create a dark colour in the food. That’s basically it. This recipe calls for light soy sauce because it’s used to add flavour to the chicken after it’s been cooked.

Well, enough chatting. Here’s the recipe! It’s actually fun and easy to make!

Honey Garlic Oven Baked Chicken

Serves 2 or 3
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

2                large skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces
1                egg, beaten
1 1/2 c,     roughly crushed Special K cereal
1/8 tsp     paprika
salt and pepper
For the sauce:
1/8 c         honey
1/8 c         light soy sauce
3                garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp         cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment sheet.

Crush the Special K in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. Leave in the bag. Add the paprika to the crumbs.

 

Beat the egg in a medium sized bowl. Add salt and pepper to the egg and add the chicken to the bowl. Stir to completely coat the chicken in egg.

Honey Garlic Oven Baked Chicken

Using a slotted spoon, transfer spoonfuls of chicken pieces to the bag of cereal. Shake to coat the chicken. Transfer the chicken to the baking sheet with a fork. Continue until all the chicken is coated and on the baking sheet.

Honey Garlic Oven Baked Chicken

 

Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until done.

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan. Bring it to a boil on medium heat, then simmer and cook for a couple more minutes.

Honey Garlic Oven Baked Chicken

Pour the sauce over the cooked chicken, just before serving. You can garnish with cilantro leaves or sesame seeds, whatever you have on hand that looks good.

Honey Garlc Oven Fried Chicken

Serve it with vegetables, and potatoes or rice. I used potatoes, sweet potatoes and peas. It would also be great served with salad.

Honey Garlic Oven Baked Chicken

It’s really easy to double this recipe, or triple it! There are only two of us, so that’s the quantity I worked with.

What do you think? Let me know how it turned out for you!

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