Honey-Ginger Chicken Thighs

Total Time
34 min
14 min
20 min
A wonderful appetizer. Or serve the chicken over steamed rice for a Chinese-inspired main dish.


ginger root

2 Tbsp, freshly grated, or less to taste

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

hoisin sauce

½ cup(s)

orange juice

¼ cup(s)

low sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

uncooked skinless boneless chicken thigh(s)

1 pound(s), cut into 36 chunks


2 tsp

uncooked scallion(s)

1 Tbsp, fresh, minced (for garnish)


  1. In a medium glass bowl, combine ginger, garlic, hoisin sauce, orange juice, soy sauce and pepper; add chicken and turn to coat with marinade. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. When ready to cook, soak 12 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes (or use metal skewers).
  3. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil to catch drippings; place a wire rack over prepared pan.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade; reserve marinade. Thread 3 pieces of chicken onto each skewer and place on wire rack; cook for 10 minutes.*
  5. Meanwhile, spoon reserved marinade into a small saucepan; stir in honey. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat; boil for at least 1 minute to kill any bacteria.
  6. After chicken has cooked for 10 minutes, remove from oven and generously brush with boiled marinade. Flip skewers and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes more. Place on a serving platter and garnish with scallions. Yields 2 skewers per serving.


We originally intended for this recipe to have a dipping sauce but decided the skewers were great on their own. The sauce recipe was so tasty though, that we wanted to share it. It’s fantastic with grilled chicken, vegetables or shrimp, or served with roasted sweet potato wedges: 1/4 cup hoisin sauce2 Tbsp orange juice2 tsp honey1/8 tsp spicy mustard1 tsp minced fresh chivesIn a small bowl, combine hoisin sauce, orange juice, honey and mustard; set aside and sprinkle with chives just before serving. Yields about 6 tablespoons total.

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