How to Make Honey Chicken

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How to Make Honey Chicken

Honey Chicken or better known as “Honey Sesame Chicken” is a really simple dish that is commonly found in Chinese-American buffet restaurants.  This recipe uses chicken breast that is coated with batter, fried, and coated in a sweet honey sauce and garnished with some sesame seeds.  If you ever made my “Sweet and Sour Chicken” before then the honey chicken batter is very similar, the difference is the ratio of corn starch to flour.  In honey chicken, there is more corn starch and less flour.

As for the sauce, there is only four ingredients: ketchup, sugar, water and honey.  How easy is that?  Can you believe that this dish actually out-sold the popular “General Tso’s Chicken in terms of quantity?  I make 10 gallon (two-5 gallon buckets, excluding the addition of water) of this sauce every week for my restaurant.  Ketchup is used because it has a sweet, tangy and savory combination.  The sugar is added to increase it’s sweetness.  The water is added to thin the sauce out.  Despite the large amount of sugar in this recipe, it will not taste overly sweet due to the amount of sauce–which yields about 14 tbsp or .875 cup of sauce per pound of chicken breast.  Each chicken pieces will have a small amount of glaze adhere to it, just enough to give it some taste but not overwhelm it.


Chicken Breast: 1 lb or 454 g
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Garlic Powder: 1/4 tsp
White Pepper: 1/6-1/8 tsp
Water: 3 tbsp

Honey Sauce:
Ketchup: 5 tbsp
Sugar: 4 tbsp
Water: 3 tbsp
Honey: 2 tbsp

Egg: 1Large
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Garlic Powder: 1/6 tsp
Cold Water: 10 tbsp (1/2 cup +2 tbsp) or 147 mL
Baking Powder: 2 tsp
Corn Starch: 1/2 cup or 65 g
Flour: 3/4 cup or 105 g
Veg. Oil: 2 tbsp

Oil for frying


Step 1: Make the sauce by combining the ketchup, sugar, honey and water and mix.

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Step 2: Cut the chicken in half, then into 1 inch or 2.2 cm strips.  Cut each strips into 1 inch or 2.2 cm cubes.

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Step 3: Add salt, white pepper,  garlic powder and water.  Mix and let the chicken marinate for 15 mins.

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Step 4: Make the batter by combine salt, garlic powder, egg, cold water, baking powder.  Then add in corn starch, flour and vegetable oil last.

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Step 5: Combine the chicken and batter together.

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Step 6: Preheat oil to 375 F or 190 C and fry the chicken for 1 min. to 1 min 30 sec then remove and set aside.  Fry the next batch.

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Step 7: Once all the chicken are pre-fried, add the chicken back into the 375 F or 190 C oil and continue to fry until golden brown.  About 4-5 mins total.

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Step 8: Once it turns golden brown, remove the chicken and drain.

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Step 9: Pour the sauce into a wok or pan and heat until the sugar is dissolve.

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Step 10: Add the chicken in and coat it with the sauce.

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Step 11: Plate and serve immediately.

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  2. Raymond, I am so glad I found your website! i have literally spent years trying to find the recipes you have posted here and haven’t had much luck….until now! I just made this for my family and as usual, it tasted as if it came straight from our local Chinese restaurant. I check my computer almost every day anxious to see if you posted any new recipes. YOU ROCK, BROTHER! Keep ’em coming! Your recipes are so authentic, it’s scary! So far, every one I have made has been dead on the money. I truly agree, You really should be on food network!

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  3. Seriously Love your recipes… and the step by step on the videos….. making my shopping list right now!

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  4. You’re FANTASTIC! I just made this for the family and they love it, way more than the chinese food in our area. I’ll definitely recommend this to my friends. Keep up the good work

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  5. My family absolutely loves this recipe! I got tired of going through the steps each time they wanted this dish. I make large batches and then freeze the batches (I just fry the chicken for the 1 min-1 min 30 sec when I freeze it). My kids love it either as honey chicken or as chicken nuggets. It has become such a convenient meal especially when we are all running around in the evening. We have come up with so many great ways to use the chicken.

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  6. Hi there. I have tried this recipe. But I want to make this for a party of seven. How much would I need of everything? Please help me out

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    • I’m not sure how much one person will consume, but let’s assume that one person will eat about 1 lb of the honey chicken. So you will need 7 lbs of chicken, maybe less since I’m assuming that there are other dishes. I will give you the recipe for 5 lbs. of chicken breast. 5 pounds of Honey Chicken should be enough to feed a party of seven.

      Chicken Breast: 5 lb or 2267 g
      Salt: 2 1/2 tsp
      Garlic Powder: 2 tsp
      White Pepper: 1/2 tsp
      Water: 15 tbsp or about 1 cup

      Honey Sauce:
      Ketchup: 1 1/2 cup
      Sugar: 1 1/4 cup tbsp
      Water: 15 tbsp or about 1 cup
      Honey: 10 tbsp or or about 2/3 cup

      Egg: 3 Large
      Salt: 3/4 tsp
      Garlic Powder: 1/2 tsp
      Cold Water: 30 tbsp (1 3/4 cup) or 443 mL
      Baking Powder: 6 tsp or 2 tbsp
      Corn Starch: 1 1/2 cup or 195 g
      Flour: 2 1/4 cup or 315 g
      Veg. Oil: 6 tbsp

      Oil for frying

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  7. I forgot to say. My husband and kids absolutely LOVE this recipe. Even my picky eater asked for seconds.

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  8. Cassandra Tapling

    I made it and it was great, and easy to . One of my favorite recipes.

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  12. the real recipe…. the best taste….

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  13. Do you have a recipe and video for sweet and sour pork

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  14. You mentioned above the “Honey Chicken” batter is very similar to your “Sweet and Sour Chicken” with the difference being the ratio of corn starch to flour. Honey Chicken had more corn starch and less flour. Yet the recipe above states more flour than corn starch??? Can you clarify please. Thanks.

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    • Hi Kaylynn, sorry if I confuse you. In both Sweet and Sour Chicken and Honey Chicken, the flour is more than the corn starch. Generally, in Honey Chicken you want to the ratio of flour to cornstarch to be around 2:1 or 2 part flour to 1 part corn starch (flour is 50% more than starch). In Sweet and Sour Chicken, you want the ratio to be around 4:1 or 4 part flour to 1 part cornstarch (flour is 75% more than starch). I hope this makes it clear for you. The reason that we want the cornstarch to be more than the flour for the Honey Chicken is because it’s coated with sauce so the batter has to withstand sauce. The flour is the glue for the corn starch, corn starch contains little protein content makes the chicken crispy, however, it does not stick very well and will fall off of the chicken. The flour has significant protein content and it will bind or glue the corn starch together to form a protective layer around the chicken. I hope this clear up any confusion you have.

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  15. I am so glad I found this website. I made the Honey Chicken and my family couldn’t believe it was made at home. I have made the chicken teriyaki, ( substituted Korean BBQ sauce for Bull Head) and Lo Mein recipes and they were fantastic! I would love to see the Peanut Butter Chicken recipe. Looking forward to more recipes, and encourage everyone to visit this website.

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  16. Battered Chicken is awesome but sauce tasted too much like ketchup. I switched ketchup to 2TBSP and Honey to 5TBSP, then added another 2-4TBSP (to your preferred taste) of Worchestershire Sauce and a little soy sauce. Sauce was way better. I couldn’t get enough. Of course I always make extra sauce so I can mix it with the rice.

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  17. Fantastic! Made it exactly as you instructed and my family looooved it! Thanks so much for sharing your gift!

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  18. I tried your Honey Chicken recipe today….and my husband LOVED it. No more buying it from Walmart, you’re is much better. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  19. I liked this recipe because the ingredients are all easy to obtain, unlike other similar recipes that require Chinese products that are hard to find. It was an instant favorite with the family! Thank you for sharing and look forward to your future videos.

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  20. I always wanted to make honey chicken and found your instructions super easy to follow. My family gobbled it up and requested that I make it again soon!

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  21. I only have tapioca starch and rice flour . Can I substitute either of these for the corn starch in the batter?

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  22. I just made this and it turned out perfectly! Thanks for a great recipe and fantastic, easy to follow instructions! Wish I could add a picture to show you 😁

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  23. I’ve been making this for about a year, its amazing.. Not great for you health wise, but who cares, its delicious. Last night we had a Gluten Free dinner guest, and they provided Gluten free Flour, and i used that instead of the Reg flour, after needing a little more water than called for in the batter, it came out just as good and the GF person was amazed and said they hadn’t had battered anything in ages…

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  24. I have some question about baking this recipe instead:
    You mentioned in the video after seasoning the chicken to dip chicken in cornstarch/flour mixture, then into an egg wash, then back into cornstarch/flour mixture. Should I use the listed amount of flour and cornstarch? Also, what should I put in the egg wash mix? Baking in an oven whats a good time and temperature?

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  25. This is REALLY good!! Works with prawns, too. YUM! Thank you.

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