Spicy Honey Chicken

Spicy Honey Chicken recipe - This is the Malay version of a Chinese sweet and sour chicken. This dish has very little sauce or gravy unlike a curry or sambal dish. | rasamalaysia.com

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Malaysian
Keyword Spicy Honey Chicken


  • 4 chicken thighs bone in (with skin on)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tsp curry powder , any kind
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Water
  • Cooking oil for deep frying


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp chillie paste either homemade or bought
  • 3 T tomato ketchup
  • 11/4 T honey
  • 4-5 T water
  • 1 lime juiced (optional)
  • 1 large onion sliced into rings


  1. Combine Turmeric powder, curry powder and salt with a little water to mix into a thick-ish slurry. Coat the chicken pieces with it evenly and deep fry the chicken pieces in a large wok or pan until cooked through and golden brown. Keep aside. Throw off most of the oil from the wok or pan leaving about 2-3 tablespoons behind.

  2. Pound or grate the garlic and ginger. Saute the paste in the 2-3 tablespoons of oil left behind in the wok or pan until fragrant. Add tomato sauce, chili paste, curry powder and honey and stir to combine. Add water to loosen up the mixture. Add salt to taste. Add the deep fried chicken pieces and stir to mix so that the chicken pieces get well coated with the sauce. Add the onion rings. Let simmer for about 5-10 minutes until the onion rings soften and the chicken pieces have absorbed some of the sauce. Add the lime juice. You may add a little more water if it gets a little dry.