Chinese Honey Chicken Recipe

Until now I have only tried honey chicken at the local Chinese buffets here in Michigan. Most of the honey chicken at the buffets I find a little too sweet for my liking. I decided I wanted to give it a try at home and came across a recipe that looked pretty good, and indeed it was. Basically this is no different than any other Chinese chicken recipe. The chicken is first battered, deep fried and then coated with a thick sauce. You can use a wok but I really recommend deep frying the chicken bits when using a batter like this. The sauce is a delicious mixture of honey, garlic, and ginger and rice vinegar. Serve with white rice. Enjoy.

1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” chunks)
Oil (for deep frying)
4 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup water
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg white
1 ½ tablespoons oil
2 teaspoon ginger (minced)
3 tablespoons garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
½ cup water
1 teaspoon cornstarch (mixed with 1 teaspoon water)
Sesame seeds (for garnish)

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a large bowl mix all batter ingredients together until smooth. Cover and allow the batter to site for at least 30 minutes. Add the chicken to the batter tossing to coat.
Step 2: Heat a deep fryer to 350 degrees. Fry chicken bits in patches for 2 minutes or until batter becomes firm. Drain on paper towels.

Step 3: To make the sauce. Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of oil in your wok. Add garlic and ginger and stir fry for 30 seconds.  Add salt, honey, vinegar, and water. Mix well. Combine 1 teaspoon of water with 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Add to the sauce and Simmer for 2 minutes.
Step 4: Coat chicken with the sauce and garnish with sesame seeds. Serve with white rice.
(Makes 4 servings)


164 Responses to “Chinese Honey Chicken Recipe”

  1. Judee — October 23, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    I tried this today, i like the taste, but, the chicken is hard. Did I overcooked frying it? Thank you.

  2. Bobby — October 23, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    I am not sure exactly what you mean. Do you mean the chicken meat itself is hard or the batter on the outside is hard? Thanks.

  3. Christa C — July 7, 2015 @ 5:47 pm

    Awesome recipe!!! We felt like we were eating take out. It’s a bit of work not having a deep fryer but totally worth it.

  4. Jane — October 4, 2015 @ 4:17 am

    I’ve made this quite a few times now and we absolutely love it in our house. We don’t buy take away honey chicken anymore – my only negative really! Thank you for posting this recipe.

  5. deb — January 12, 2016 @ 1:45 pm

    Made this today. It was fantastic. Thank you for the recipe

  6. Jess — May 1, 2016 @ 9:47 am

    Is all honey chicken gluten free??

  7. Tayla mason — November 5, 2016 @ 2:14 am

    We tried this recipe but the garlic is so overpowering. We couldn’t eat it.

  8. Angela — December 16, 2016 @ 12:18 am

    This recipe was super easy AND delicious! I made a double batch to feed my big family but used 1 less tablespoon of garlic per batch. Thanks for sharing ?

  9. Natalie — December 18, 2016 @ 6:56 am

    Delicious honey chicken recipe, I added half a teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice to batter and would up to a whole teaspoon next time, which added warm savouriness to the chicken. I actually had a 1kg of chicken breast which is more then the pound and a half obviously, so could have done with twice as much sauce. Sauce has just the right amount of sweetness, really enjoyed the garlic and ginger, perfectly balanced. I finished the chicken by briefly stirring and rewarming chicken through sauce then blanketed chopped spring onions, sesame and coriander. For my palette a squeeze of lime would also be nice. Served with saffron steamed rice and cucumber. My 4 year old son requested this dish as he enjoyed at a Chinese restaurant, calling it donut chicken, think I topped it here. Thank you

  10. bob — March 6, 2017 @ 1:10 am

    i was thinking of making this for event at school for a multicultural food day and was thinking if kids the age 7-18 would like it or not?

  11. Bobby — March 6, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

    Yes, I think they would enjoy it.

  12. Jen — November 12, 2017 @ 12:55 am

    Hi Jess,
    I made gluten free version tonight using gf flour, gf cornstarch and gf baking powder.

  13. Devi — February 18, 2018 @ 7:07 pm

    Hi can i make this without using eggs.or is there anything that can be substituted instead of eggs.thanks

  14. Debbie — February 3, 2019 @ 3:04 pm

    Ive been making honey chicken for yrs now and its always gets asked to be cooked time and time again thats how yummy it is love it

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