This One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs and Squash recipe is the bee’s knees! The chicken thighs are cooked in an incredibly delicious honey garlic sauce glaze and is so easy to make. Bonus: this entire recipe is cooked using only one pan, making cleanup a breeze!
Coming in at 385 calories per serving – you can’t go wrong. You are going to want to make this!
I’m going to start off by saying – Happy Sunday!! The sun is finally shining here in Michigan after what feels like the longest winter of my life. That’s obviously a bit of an exaggeration, but spring has already sprung and winter is trying to overstay it’s welcome!
Hopefully the sun is shining for you, wherever you are in the world, and you’re able to enjoy a relaxing Sunday.
That’s right. You’re looking at one heck of a juicy, tender chicken thigh covered in a honey garlic sauce.
And yes, it’s just as amazing to sink your teeth into as it is to look at! The smell alone while you’re cooking this is going to make you wish you could sink your teeth into it sooner rather than later.
My tummy was growling in frustration while cooking this and it was so difficult to set this up to take photos, look at it and smell it, and not dive right in!
Let’s be honest – who doesn’t enjoy an easy meal? Not just from prep, but the entire cooking process from start to finish? Life is busy, hectic, and tiresome enough as it is. No one wants a heaping pile of dishes to wash at the end of the day. Or to load and unload a full dishwasher.
That’s why this recipe is absolutely perfect!
I love (and need) a clean and orderly house. That’s just my preference as I work from home and cannot think or work if I am in a home that is messy or feels like chaos. Am I the only one? I can’t be.
But laundry and dishes are at the very end of my list of ‘favorite’ things to do when it comes to cleaning.
So one-pan recipes like this one are my go-to!
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I recently made a ‘grown-up’ purchase. I was apprehensive about it. This decision came with much debate, doubt, overthinking, and sweating it out. Big purchases should not be taken lightly. But I am so glad I made the decision to buy them!
My ‘grown-up’ purchase? The pans you see pictured in this post!
(This post is not sponsored by GreenPan. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
As I stated, the reason I considered this a ‘grown-up’ purchase is because it comes with a bit of a hefty price tag. Hence the ‘grown-up’ part I keep mentioning. But they were more than worth the expense!
- Easy to clean up! I allow the pans to cool before hand washing. The instructions state that they are dishwasher safe, but I also know that dishwasher tablets are harsh on the coating for pans like this. So in order to preserve the pan, I hand wash with hot water, soap, and a sponge.
- Nothing sticks to these pans. You can sear or fry and not worry about having anything stick! Perfect in my book.
- They are versatile: they can be used on a regular stove or induction! YAY!
- They heat up faster than my stainless steel, copper-bottom pans. So no waiting forever and a day for a pot of water to come to a boil. Hey – when you’re pressed for time and/or hungry, this is important.
- They are free of PFOA, PFAS, lead and cadmium!! There are also no toxic fumes produced during cooking – even if you overcook something.
- The price. But, as stated above – some things are worth the expense! The quality is here with these for the price.
So if you’re looking to invest or update in a new pan set – these come highly recommended!!
If you enjoy this recipe, then you will love some other chicken recipes of mine:
- One Pan Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs
- Spinach and Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Parmesan
- Simple Teriyaki Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles
- Honey Balsamic Chicken Tenders
One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs and Squash
Honey Garlic Sauce:
- 4 chicken thighs (bone in or out, with or without skin)
- 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 2 medium yellow squash (cut lengthwise and then in slices)
- 2 medium zucchini (cut lengthwise and then in slices)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1/8 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
- 1 tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
- Dried chives
- Sesame seeds
- Season chicken with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. All to taste.
- Place a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, place the thighs (skin side down) into the pan and allow to sear on each side for 3-4 minutes.
- While the chicken is searing, prepare the sauce by combining remaining ingredients into a mixing bowl.
- After the chicken has been seared on both sides, remove from pan and place into the bowl with sauce. Reduce the heat to medium. Drain excess oil from pan and wipe clean. Place back onto the stove.
- Add 1 tablespoon of butter (or oil) to the pan. Once melted, add the sliced squash. Season with the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes. You don't want to overcook the squash at this point. It should still be relatively tender.
- Using tongs, toss the chicken in the sauce to thoroughly coat.
- Push the squash to one side of the skillet. Add the thighs back to the pan skin-side down. Cover and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Flip the thighs, pour any extra sauce over the chicken, and give the squash a good stirring.
- Cover and allow the chicken to cook until it has completely cooked through. The sauce will thicken a bit.
- Garnish with dried chives and sesame seeds.
- If there is extra sauce - enjoy it with the veggies. It is so yummy!
- If you're not a fan of squash - substitute with asparagus or broccoli.
- If you use chicken breasts instead, I would recommend using thinly-sliced chicken breast. Sear on each side for 1-2 minutes, remove from heat and coat with sauce. Add back to pan with sauce toward the end, when the squash is just close to being fork-tender.
- Baking option: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Sear each side of the chicken as you would on the stovetop (as described above). After searing, toss with the sauce in a mixing bowl and place into the oven to bake for approximately 15-20 minutes. Time will be dependent on the size of your thighs. Check at 15 minutes. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees F.