Heat oil in a large pan then throw your pieces of chicken in the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
While the chicken is cooking, mix together in a separate bowl the water, honey, apple juice, chicken broth, ketchup, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, onion powder and red pepper flakes (if you want the spice).
Once the chicken is completely cooked remove it from the pan.
Add your minced garlic to the empty pan and cook for 1 minute.
Add your sauce mixture and bring it to a boil.
Time to make your slurry which will thicken up your sauce. Add cornstarch to a separate cup and mix with 1 TBS of COLD water to make your slurry (you want equal parts cornstarch to water. The water must be cold). Mix it up until it becomes like a paste. Then add it to the sauce pan and stir it in.
**once in a while my sauce won't thicken up after adding the slurry. If this happens I just repeat this step again until it reaches your desired thickness!
Add the chicken back into the pan and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Make your rice! I just use a quick Jasmine rice that takes 5-10 minutes.
That's it! Dish up a serving of rice and top it off with the honey chicken soy sauce! Sprinkle some sesame seeds if you're feeling fancy.