Chinese Honey Chicken
If you love this chicken, I am sure you love Chinese food, be it takeout or buffets.
Personally, I just can’t get enough of crispy chicken fried on the stove top and covered in a sweet and savory honey sauce. It’s finger licking good!
Most noteworthy, it makes the perfect addition to a wholesome meal.
How to Make Honey Chicken
This homemade recipe is one of the easiest Chinese recipes to make at home. First of all, you will need a few key ingredients: chicken breast meat and honey, salt and apple cider vinegar for the honey glaze.
Above all, I have an amazing restaurant-quality batter recipe that makes the chicken super crispy and airy (non-greasy). After deep-frying, the chicken cubes will be mixed with the sauce and topped with sesame seeds.
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Chicken Dipped in Honey
My recipe is very versatile. You can make it like the pictures, having the crispy chicken already coated with the honey sauce. On the other hand, the recipe can even be made as an appetizer if you serve the chicken and honey sauce separately.
Also, the sauce can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator. Therefore, you can double or triple the portions you make so you always have it handy. To serve, just pick up the chicken and dip into the honey dressing!
What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
This dish can be served as an appetizer or an entree.
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Pairs well with:
Honey Chicken Recipe
Super yummy Chinese honey chicken. Crispy chicken pieces coated with sweet and sticky honey sauce. To-die-for recipe that you can make at home.
- 1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
- oil for deep-frying
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced or lightly bruised
- 2 teaspoons corn starch, mixed with 4 teaspoons of water, for sauce thickening
- salt and sugar to taste
- toasted sesame seeds to garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 dashes ground white pepper
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup water, ice cold
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil or regular cooking oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup pure honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry wine
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4-1/2 cup water
1Marinate the chicken cubes with the Marinade for 5 minutes.
2Make the Frying Batter. In a large bowl, lightly whisk the egg white, and mix in the rest of the Frying Batter ingredients. Batter should not be lumpy, nor too runny, but smooth. Place another bowl with ice cubes underneath the frying batter bowl. Drop in the chicken cubes, mix well until they are well coated. Let it sit for about 30 minutes to 1 hour in the refrigerator.
3Prepare to make the Honey Garlic Sauce mixture. Mix all the sauce ingredients well and set aside.
4Heat up a wok with deep-frying oil. Gently drop in the battered chicken cubes, one by one, making sure it is spread out to prevent sticking, overcrowding the wok, and not fried properly. Turn the heat down to medium-high, and continue to deep-fry until the color changes to golden brown and completely cooked. Dish out and drain on paper towels.
5Reserve 3 tablespoons of deep-frying oil in the wok, and stir-fry the garlic until it is browned and the oil is fragrant. Dish out the garlic, and discard. Leave about 2-3 tablespoons of garlic oil in the wok.
6Heat up the wok with the garlic oil from the previous step, gently pour in the Honey Garlic Sauce mixture, and bring to a light simmer, add in the cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce, give it a quick stir and adjust salt/sugar/water to taste.
7Here, you can either dish out some sauce for dipping later and just keep enough to coat the fried chicken cubes in the wok, OR, toss in the chicken and briefly stir well, making sure the chicken is well coated in the sauce, dish out and sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds and serve. Alternatively, you can also keep the sauce separate from the chicken, and dip as you eat. Serve Chinese Honey Chicken with a bowl of hot steamed Jasmine rice or serve as is, with extra toasted sesame seeds to garnish.