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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.

(Makes 4 servings)


Chinese Honey Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • 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
  • A ½ cup of 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 of rice wine vinegar
  • A ½ cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (mixed with 1 teaspoon water)
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. In a large bowl mix all batter ingredients together until smooth. Cover and allow the batter to sit for at least 30 minutes. Add the chicken to the batter tossing to coat.
  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.
  3. To make the sauce. Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of oil in your work. 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.
  4. Add to the sauce and Simmer for 2 minutes. Coat chicken with the sauce and garnish with sesame seeds. Serve with white rice.


  1. Ravina says:

    Hi. This is an awesome recipie. Am from india and came across this on google. Will b a regular now to your blog.

  2. Dana says:

    hi there, this looks delicious, I’m making a big dinner this week with lots of fiddly little bits, so was just wondering if it would be fine to batter the chicken and make the sauce in the morning, leaving it in the fridge until it was needed that night. or would it make the batter funny?
    Thank you so much

  3. laurel says:

    —wonderful—I made this about two weeks ago—added a bit more honey to the sauce—and my husband loved it. Now, I am planning to make for a pitch-in.

  4. Aysha says:

    Its really delicious. I was looking for the recipe and finally I got it from your site.
    But can you tell me if there any variation of this recipe with tomato ketchup? because I eat once the same recipe but there was also a strong taste of tomato ketchup.

  5. Thyst says:

    I found this recipe to be pretty good. Even with the cornstarch, it still turned out very thin when I made it. I added more honey both for thickness, and because I like the sweeter honey chicken that is served at restaurants. I was worried about the garlic being too much, but it was actually just fine (however if I hadn’t added extra honey, the garlic would have been stronger).

  6. Dion says:

    Makin it as we speak….batters in the fridge, thanks for the guidelines, heres hoping I can pull it off without the ginger and rice wine (the pantry doesn’t have em atm)…YUMMO & CHEERS!

  7. Rainbow says:

    You’re honey Chicken is really nice we made a gluten free batter and everyone loved it I was alaso wondering if it is atchully 3 tablespoons of garlic or just 3 teaspoons?

  8. Andelka says:

    Thank you for this lovely recipe, I made it last night for a family gathering and everyone loved it and I had no leftovers!

  9. vicki fox says:

    my grandson loves chinese honey chicken and needed a receipty so looked this up it sounds just like the one he needs because he loves to cook thank you

  10. Jane says:

    This recipe has become a family favorite. I haven’t changed a thing and my picky kids love it! Thanks so much for posting it!

  11. Tas' says:

    I was also wondering about the amount of garlic. I only used about 1 tablespoon and thought it was a lot. Apart from that, I enjoyed it.

  12. megan says:

    i have always used honey and plum sauce in my honey chicken but this one lokks and sounds great i will give it a try i am sure it will be nice

  13. Splifftor says:

    excellent recipe, my own twist was to add 2 tblsp soy sauce to convert it into an excellent honey-soy dish, me and the mrs loved it. Keep up the good work mate

  14. Tania says:

    We’ve made this a few times now – the first few times exactly like the recipe stated and then after that amending a bit. The ginger and garlic amounts are good – don’t get me wrong – but create more of a sweet chicken than a ‘honey’ chicken. We cut down on that a tablespoon each and add more honey and cornstarch.

  15. somebody says:

    i used to go to a chinese restaurant back dc. they had this honey chicken and it was to die for. me and my dad would bike there from the Potomac to have an excuse to eat there. we moved a few years back and i think i well use this recipe for old times sake!! thank you bobby

  16. Vicki P says:

    I found this recipe very helpful. I did add some fish sauce and palm sugar, also soya sauce and that took it a little closer to our take away recipes here in Aus.

  17. rose says:

    hi i made this recipe so many times and must say its a winner in my house! the only thing is i use less garlic as its seems over powering once all mixed together. but a beautiful recipe… thankyou

  18. Jessie says:

    I found this recipe yesterday and made it for dinner tonight. I knew I would love it, because I love honey chicken, sesame chicken, and most related recipes. What I didn’t expect was that my ridiculously picky four-year-old would like it. She hates everything except mac & cheese, but she ate every bit of the chicken I put on her plate! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  19. daniele says:

    hi, it might sound a little complicated, but i’m not much of a cook when it comes to following recipe dishes. Just like to know what it means to BATTER, and also with the chicken breast normally they would get cut into strips so how are they to be a rounder look at chinese resturants, thanks so much for your time, and enjoy…

  20. Kelly says:

    Very good. Even my picky 3 year old liked it. Hubby and I loved it and it was pretty easy too. The batter didn’t thicken as much as I thought it would so after dipping in the batter I coated the chicken with some cornmeal and bread crumbs. It turned out excellent. The sauce is very yummy!!

  21. Toni says:

    I just tried this, it was delicious !! i’ve been looking for a recipe for years, the sauce is perfect, not too sweet .

  22. DC says:

    Just tried this for supper tonight and it was really good. The batter comes out very crispy. The sauce was good, but not as sweet as I thought it would be, and for some reason it didn’t thicken very much. I’ll try it again with more honey. Very good recipe as it is, though.

  23. nicole says:

    been using this recipe for 1 and a half years now my partner loves it.i have been draining oil removing solids of ginger and garlic to make the sauce smooth and sweeter was this just a step u left out of recipe, thank you.

  24. stroud09 says:

    I just made this for my family and they loved it! When my husband smelled it cooking he asked if his friend could come over! lol And he loved it too. I doubled the recipe but tripled the sauce could have made a little more so we could put some over the rice.

  25. SilentChorus says:

    This is the BEST Honey Chicken I have EVER tasted! Only thing is I doubled the sauce, but only put 3 tbls of garlic in, plus I used normal white vinegar, and I liked a lot more cornflour in the batter mix. It is DELICIOUS!!!

  26. Emily :) says:

    that great recipe! l use this recipe to make yummy dinner thanks for that so much! 🙂 l really love it so much 🙂

  27. brent says:

    i love honey chicken, my local chinese buffet has a honey chicken that looks totally different from this, im trying to find a recipe for it. its more red looking, no seseme seeds. any suggestions?

  28. Bobby says:

    brent- Yes, when it appears on buffets it usually looks like that. I am assuming they just use food coloring to get it that color. See when you make this recipe the sauce will actually be clear. I added yellow food coloring to add some color.

  29. Marion C says:

    I tried the chicken and it was good .. i like the light batter on it .I always made it a different way that was really crispy .. but this one is a nice one ..

  30. LoveChineseFood says:

    I made this tonight, i couldnt get the batter to work. I cook alot but i never really deepfry. So I tried it, the chicken stuck to the fryer basket and the batter didnt puff up… i dont knw whats going on. sauce is quite good.

  31. MissC says:

    This is BEAUTIFUL!! I have been looking for a decent honey chicken recipe for years and finally found one!! Didn’t have any baking powder, so I substituted half the amount of baking soda, and the batter worked a treat. This will be a staple in our house now!

  32. Steve says:

    Ok – I just tried this, it needs some help. The batter was too thin and soft, the sauce too watery.
    I would change the batter – you can even just dip the chicken in beaten eggwhites and cornstarch or even better, potato starch and then fry. The sauce needs at least another tsp of cornstarch and I would do soy sauce in there instead of salt.

  33. Alice says:

    Tried this recipe just now and it turned out fantastically, just as good if not better than honey chicken at our local Chinese restaurant. Thanks a bunch!

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