Chinese Honey Chicken

"Crisp fried chicken strips in a sweet sauce. Despite the name there is no honey in this recipe. I have not yet tried it, it is for an ISO request on the recipe board. Note: When the recipe was first posted, there were an additional 2 Tablespoons of salt listed in the batter. This was a typo and never should have been there. Several reviewers alerted me to the error, and the extra salt listing has been removed."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • MIX THE BATTER INGREDIENTS together in a medium-sized bowl; it should be thick and smooth.
  • Allow the batter to sit, covered for at least 30 minutes.
  • Combine the chicken with the batter.
  • Heat a wok or large deep skillet until it is hot and add the oil for frying.
  • When the oil is barely smoking, deep-fry the chicken for 2 minutes or until the batter is just firm.
  • You should do this in several batches.
  • Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • TO MAKE SAUCE: Heat a small saucepan; when it is hot, add the oil, ginger and garlic, and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Then add the rest of the sauce ingredients and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Keep warm.
  • Reheat the oil in the wok until it is very hot, but not smoking.
  • Deep-fry the chicken again until it is golden and crisp, about 1 minute.
  • Remove and drain, place on a warm platter, drizzle with the sauce (and sprinkle with the optional toasted sesame seeds if desired) and serve immediately.

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  1. Very tasty. I was thinking that a little soy sauce and/or chili sauce would help it out a lot, though. Next time I'll try it out that way.
  2. THE SAUCE IS EXCELLENT, so double it! I made my own batter, but copied the sauce recipe exactly (except doubled) and it was the perfect amount to feed two hungry people. Next time I think I will use half sugar and half honey to make it even more "honey-ish"
  3. This was very tasty. I used honey instead of sugar at the request of my roommate, and it turned out nicely. Thanks a lot!
  4. My kids LOVED this chicken. Frying it twice is a bit more work, but definitely worth it as the chicken was really crispy.
  5. This was as close to the restaraunts honey chicken I've ever tasted. Was def a hit with the family. Only thing I changed is I actually added a 1 tbs of honey to the sauce and left out the salt. Will def make this again!!!


  1. This was very tasty. I used honey instead of sugar at the request of my roommate, and it turned out nicely. Thanks a lot!



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