Spicy meets sweet in this delicious one-pan meal!
All you need is one sheet pan for this easy, delicious, mess-free dinner, ready in under 40 minutes! The hot honey chicken is packed with protein and bursting with flavor. It’s paired with the perfect rainbow of veggies–peppers, onions, green beans, broccoli, and cauliflower. It couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Just prep the ingredients, season them, drizzle them with honey and olive oil, and stick the pan in the oven. This wholesome sheet pan hot honey chicken is low-calorie and low-fat, but still packed with protein and healthy carbs. It makes the perfect meal prep option, dinner party staple, or weeknight meal for the whole family (if not everyone likes spice, you can adjust as needed!).
If you’re in a pinch and have some chicken breast and veggies in your fridge, this dinner recipe is the perfect solution. You’d be surprised at the array of flavors you can create with simple ingredients you likely have on hand! Plus, this recipe is so versatile–you can pair it with a variety of sides and whip it out for just about any occasion. So if the recent hot honey craze has piqued your interest, now’s the time to give this winner chicken dinner a shot.
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Why You’ll Love This Sheet Pan Hot Honey Chicken
This recipe couldn’t be easier–from prepping the ingredients to removing the finished pan from the oven, it only takes about 40 minutes flat. A healthy, balanced meal, this recipe still offers the tangy, sweet, spicy flavors of hot honey, combined with savory chicken and a medley of fresh vegetables. It’s the perfect pair for just about any side from classic American cuisine–mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, cornbread, a side salad, or another cooked vegetable. Plus, this recipe’s leftovers have serious potential. It’s just as delicious the next day, and a breeze to pack for lunch and reheat. If you like honey and just a little bit of a kick, this flavor-packed meal will surely become your new obsession.
Ingredients Used in this Hot Honey Chicken Recipe
This sheet pan hot honey chicken is packed with a variety of delicious ingredients that offer not just flavor, but a whole host of health benefits too. Read on to find out what makes each ingredient special.
Lean chicken breast is an incredibly healthy source of protein that will keep you full and energized for hours. Low in calories yet high in protein (particularly white meat, which this recipe calls for), it’s also packed with important nutrients like niacin (which boosts brain function, keeps your skin glowing, improves blood fat levels, regulates blood pressure, and promotes heart and liver health) selenium (which fights infections and cell damage, relieves symptoms of asthma, promotes healthy thyroid function, boosts your immune system, supports fertility, and acts as a cancer-fighting antioxidant), and phosphorus (which supports cell and tissue growth and maintenance, supports healthy bones and teeth, aids in energy production and storage). Keeping chicken in your regular diet rotation will help you maintain lean muscle throughout your weight loss journey.
Heart-healthy and loaded with antioxidants, onions are an underrated vegetable in terms of the boost they provide your overall health. Onions are rich in vitamin C (which supports immune function, fights cancer, UTI, scurvy, and cataracts, promotes bone health, and even prevents Alzheimer’s), B vitamins like folate and vitamin B6 (crucial for a healthy metabolism, nerve function, and red blood cell production), and potassium (which many of us lack in our diets, but is essential for keeping our cells hydrated and reducing muscle cramps and aches, as well as preventing cellulite). Onions can help control your blood sugar levels, increase bone density, provide a boost for your digestive system, and even kill “bad” bacteria in your system.
Peppers add not only color and crunch to your meal, but a variety of health benefits as well! Not only are peppers also rich in nutrients like vitamin C, folate, potassium, and fiber, they also boost your eye health (preventing cataracts and macular degeneration). Peppers protect your body against anemia, certain chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer, and even age-related memory loss (an enzyme found in bell peppers has been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s). They’re loaded with antioxidants and can help keep your blood sugar levels in check. Plus, there are a variety of colors and flavors to choose from (red, yellow, green, or orange)–each variety offers essentially the same nutrient profile and set of benefits!
Inexpensive, universally beloved, and loaded with antioxidants, green beans are a no-brainer. Packed with vitamin C, folate, and potassium, this heart-healthy veggie regulates your blood pressure. Green beans are even rich in protein and fiber, which means they keep “bad” cholesterol at bay. These beans are anti-inflammatory and support gut health. They support healthy eyes, control diabetes, fight colon cancer, offer a boost for your immune system, and support healthy bones. Green beans are practically a superfood, and yet they’re often overlooked–don’t skimp on them when preparing this dish!
Packed with vitamin C and vitamin K (essential for blood and bone health and healing bruises), broccoli offers fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory bioactive compounds, and blood sugar regulation. It’s heart-healthy, promotes healthy digestion and prevents constipation, and supports healthy brain function. Broccoli may even slow the aging process thanks to the compound sulforaphane, which helps express antioxidant genes. This powerful veggie supports bone and joint health, dental and oral health, and healthy pregnancy. It gives your immune system a boost and even protects your skin from sun damage. If you’re a fan of broccoli, it’s a no-brainer to include it in your everyday rotation!
Also full of vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber, cauliflower is a good source of antioxidants and may help you lose weight (since you can eat it at a high volume and as a substitute for foods like rice or flour, without consuming many calories). Cauliflower is also high in choline, a nutrient essential for brain function and a healthy metabolism that’s lacking in many of our diets. It’s also rich in anti-aging, anti-cancer, diabetes-preventing sulforaphane. With its mild flavor and delightful crunch, cauliflower is a healthy and versatile addition to any dish.
Heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, healing for burns and wounds, and even a cough suppressant, honey is so much more than just a natural sweetener. It fights excess cholesterol, helps treat the common cold and other conditions like anemia, insomnia, headaches, and indigestion, and is a good source of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Versatile and delicious, honey is the perfect addition to any meal, especially around cold and flu season!
Not only is olive oil an excellent source of healthy fats, it also offers antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and protection against strokes, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. It has anti-cancer properties, can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and even kills harmful bacteria in your system.
Seasoned salt usually contains a blend of spices and seasonings, often including salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. This means you’ll reap the hydrating and electrolyte benefits of salt, along with the immune-boosting, antibacterial properties of garlic and onion powder, the sinus-clearing, digestion-boosting benefits of black pepper, and the cancer-fighting, immune-boosting, gas-alleviating qualities of paprika.
Red Chili Flakes
Red chili flakes are more than just a delicious seasoning! In addition to a flavorful kick, they offer a boost in digestion, anti-inflammatory properties, and relief from aches and pains. Dried red pepper flakes are rich in vitamin A (crucial for eye health), vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E (an antioxidant), potassium, iron (essential for blood health), and magnesium (essential for muscle and nerve function and blood pressure regulation; can even help reduce anxiety).
How to Make This Sheet Pan Hot Honey Chicken
This sheet pan hot honey chicken recipe couldn’t be easier to whip together. Below is a step-by-step breakdown on how it’s done.
1. Prep the ingredients.
Start by prepping all your ingredients. Cut each of your boneless, skinless chicken breasts into two-inch pieces. Chop your onion, peppers, and green beans into two-inch pieces. Cut your broccoli and cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
2. Preheat your oven.
Next, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Arrange your sheet pan.
Add your chicken and veggie pieces to a large, rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle everything with olive oil and seasoned salt and toss to thoroughly coat.
Pop your sheet pan in the oven and allow it to roast for 22 minutes. Then remove it from the oven.
5. Drizzle and season.
Drizzle the entire sheet pan with honey and red chili flakes, and toss everything to combine.
6. Return the pan to the oven.
Then, return your sheet pan to the oven for another 5 to 8 minutes, until everything is golden brown and lightly caramelized.
7. Dig in while it’s hot!
Finally, remove your sheet pan from the oven and serve while it’s hot! Store leftovers in an airtight container in your fridge.
Serving Suggestions for this Sheet Pan Chicken
Serve this chicken dinner on its own or with a side like rice, quinoa, mashed potatoes, plantains, or more veggies. It’s the perfect family weeknight meal, or can be made in batches to be enjoyed throughout the week by one or two people. Take it along to your next potluck or family holiday gathering. You can even make adjustments to try variations on this recipe–i.e. using a different protein like salmon or tofu, swapping out the veggies, adjusting spice levels, or using different varieties of honey.
Frequently Asked Questions About this One Pan Dinner
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about this recipe (and hot honey chicken in general)!
Is hot honey chicken spicy?
Yes, hot honey chicken has a bit of a kick to it! But there’s certainly room for adjustment–you can add as few or as many red chili flakes as you like. If you don’t like spice, feel free to omit the red chili flakes–or if you like even more spice, feel free to add a hot sauce of your choosing to this recipe! If you’re serving a group with mixed spice preferences, there’s always the option to serve the red chili flakes and/or hot sauce on the side.
What is hot honey chicken sauce made of?
This incredibly simple hot honey chicken sauce is made with just two ingredients–honey and red chili flakes. Combined with chicken and veggies coated in seasoned salt and olive oil, it’s the perfect sweet and spicy medley of flavors.
What does hot honey taste good on?
Hot honey is quite the versatile condiment. It works beautifully on a simple savory dinner like this one, or can be added to breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, or even pizza. A favorite pizza joint of mine actually recommends saving your pizza crust until the end and dipping it in honey as a built-in dessert! You can also try hot honey with ricotta on toast, as a marinade, or on air fryer wings. If it sounds like it would be good with hot honey, it probably would be!
What is a sheet pan dinner?
A sheet pan dinner is an easy meal that you can make by simply arranging the prepped ingredients on a single sheet pan, adding sauces and seasonings, and popping it in the oven! So easy for big batch meals (and there are hardly any dishes to deal with!).
How long and at what temperature should you bake chicken?
This recipe calls for your chicken to roast at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 22 minutes. Then, drizzle it with hot honey and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 8 minutes. This will ensure that your chicken cooks through quickly while staying moist, golden brown, and slightly caramelized.
How should I store the leftovers and how long will they last?
This roasted chicken and veggie dish will keep in your fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can also freeze this dish for up to four months, although the taste and consistency may diminish over time. To keep leftovers extra fresh, roast the prepped ingredients with only olive oil and seasoned salt and add the honey and red chili flakes when you’re ready to enjoy it. You can eat leftovers cold or reheat them in the oven or microwave.
Sheet Pan Hot Honey Chicken
- 32 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast 4 (8-ounce) breasts, cut into 2" pieces
- 1 onion small, chopped into 2" pieces
- 2 sweet peppers red, yellow, green or orange, chopped into 2" pieces
- 8 ounces green beans trimmed, cut into 2" pieces
- 1 broccoli crown cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 cups cauliflower florets cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place chicken pieces and all vegetables on a large rimmed sheet pan.
- Drizzle with olive oil and seasoned salt. Toss to thoroughly coat.
- Roast in preheated oven for 22 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Drizzle with honey and red chili flakes, tossing to combine.
- Return to oven for another 5-8 minutes, until golden brown and slightly caramelized.
- Serve while hot.
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