Chinese Crispy Honey Chicken

Chinese Crispy Honey Chicken
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Chinese Crispy Fried Chicken coated with a light and sticky Honey Sauce – Doesn’t it sound good? Well, it sounds fabulous to me. The honey flavor is nicely enhanced with every crunchy bite of chicken. The perfect fried chicken texture that I love is crispy outside and juicy inside. I can’t image how much I can snack on this Honey Chicken without someone stopping me. The sticky Honey Sauce goes through every little bit of chicken makes the dish truly addicting!

Chinese Crispy Honey Chicken is a perfect snack, side dish, and dinner. For a Korean version, you can check out my Honey-buttered Korean Fried Chicken with Almonds recipe! If you prefer fish, my Chinese Crispy Lemon Fish will be an excellent choice for you.

Chinese Crispy Honey Chicken

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE HONEY SAUCE

Chicken Bouillon – You can easily buy this in regular grocery store. In Denmark, this is sold in cubes in a package.
Water – Water here helps with the consistency of the honey sauce.
Chinese Cooking Wine – I normally use Shaoxing Wine. You should be able to find this in most Asian grocery stores.
Rice Vinegar – This is also commonly used in Asian cooking. If you can’t find Rice Vinegar, you can try using Chinese White Vinegar or regular White Vinegar.
Light Soy Sauce – This is one of the must-have Asian sauces that you need to have in your kitchen. Lee Kum Kee is my favorite brand for this.
Honey – This is must-have for the Honey Sauce. Any kind of Honey should work.
Brown Sugar – I prefer this better to regular White Sugar. If you don’t have Brown Sugar, you can use White Sugar.
Vegetable Oil – I love using this for frying. I normally use Rapeseed Oil. Do not use Olive Oil.
Garlic – It provides a wonderful garlicky flavor.
Chinese Honey Chicken

OTHER INGREDIENTS

Chicken Leg Meat – I love the juicy chicken leg meat for this recipe. You can also use chicken thighs or breast.
Chinese Cooking Wine – This is also commonly used in marinating meat in Asian cooking.
Light Soy Sauce – This is normally used in marinade as well, which helps enhances the flavor.
Egg White – This is a secret in Asian cooking when it comes to marinating meat.
All-purpose Flour – We need this for the batter. This is the most commonly used type of flour, a mid-strength, medium-gluten flour, which normally has 10 to 12 percent of protein.
Cornstarch – We use this for both the batter and the starch water. Cornstarch is widely used in Asian cooking. It is also called corn flour.
Green Onions – or called Spring Onions. This is great for garnishing the dish at the end.
Sesame Seeds – use the roasted kind. I also love this for garnishing the dish.
Chinese crispy honey chicken with green onions on top

HOW TO MAKE CHINESE CRISPY HONEY CHICKEN?

1. Marinate the Chicken – In a large mixing bowl, mix together Chicken, Chinese Cooking Wine, Light Soy Sauce, and Egg White. Set aside to marinate for 10 – 15 minutes.
2. Make the Honey Sauce – In another bowl, combine Chicken Bouillon, Water, Chinese Cooking Wine, Rice Vinegar, Light Soy Sauce, Honey, and Brown Sugar. Set aside.
3. Prepare the batter – In another large bowl, add in All-purpose Flour and Cornstarch, mix well. Then add in the Chicken pieces and the marinade. Use your hand to mix well the flour and the chicken to create an uneven coating. Shake off extra flour.
4. Fry the Chicken – In a wok, add in enough Oil for the Chicken pieces to float, on medium-high heat. Add the Chicken pieces one at a time into the hot oil. Fry the chicken in batches. Cook for 3-4 minutes until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel or a wire wrack.
5. Cook the Honey Sauce – In a clean wok, add in the Vegetable Oil, on medium heat. Add the Garlic, and cook for about 15 seconds until fragrant. Then add the Honey Sauce mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the Sugar has dissolved and the sauce starts to boil.
6. Assemble the dish – Add in the Starch Water. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the sauce has thickened up slightly. Add in the fried Chicken pieces and toss well with the sauce. Make sure to coat the sauce evenly.
7. Ready to serve – Transfer to a serving plate or bowl. Drizzle with some extra Honey Sauce on top. Sprinkle with some chopped Green Onions and toasted Sesame Seeds. Ready to enjoy!
Chinese honey chicken with delicious honey sauce

Haini’s Tips

I always love using Chicken Leg Meat for my fried Chicken recipes. However, you are welcome to use Chicken Breast instead. Take a closer look at the chicken when frying, you do not want to overcook it as you want your chicken to stay juicy inside and crispy outside.

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I hope you enjoy making this Chinese Crispy Honey Chicken recipe! The texture and flavors are so addictive that you will not be able to just have one bite.

MORE FRIED CHICKEN RECIPES:

Korean Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Korean Fried Chicken

Chinese Crispy Honey Lemon Chicken

Crispy and Tangy Orange Chicken

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Chinese Crispy Honey Chicken

Chinese Crispy Honey Chicken

This Chinese Honey Chicken is crispy outside and juicy inside. It has a wonderful texture with an addictive Honey flavor. Every bite is divine!
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Course: Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese Honey Chicken, Honey Chicken
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Haini

Ingredients

  • 400 g Chicken Leg Meat, cut in bite-sizes
  • 1 tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine (Shaoxing Wine)
  • 1.5 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cornstarch
  • Oil for frying
  • some chopped Green Onions
  • some toasted Sesame Seeds

Honey Sauce

  • 1 Chicken Bouillon
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine (Shaoxing Wine)
  • 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

Starch Water

  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp Water

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together Chicken, Chinese Cooking Wine, Light Soy Sauce, and Egg White. Set aside to marinate for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • In another bowl, combine Chicken Bouillon, Water, Chinese Cooking Wine, Rice Vinegar, Light Soy Sauce, Honey, and Brown Sugar. Set aside.
  • In another large bowl, add in All-purpose Flour and Cornstarch, mix well. Then add in the Chicken pieces and the marinade. Use your hand to mix well the flour and the chicken to create an uneven coating. Shake off extra flour.
  • In a wok, add in enough Oil for the Chicken pieces to float, on medium-high heat. Add the Chicken pieces one at a time into the hot oil. Fry the chicken in batches. Cook for 3-4 minutes until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel or a wire wrack.
  • In a clean wok, add in the Vegetable Oil, on medium heat. Add the Garlic, and cook for about 15 seconds until fragrant. Then add the Honey Sauce mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the Sugar has dissolved and the sauce starts to boil.
  • Add in the Starch Water. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the sauce has thickened up slightly. Add in the fried Chicken pieces and toss well with the sauce. Make sure to coat the sauce evenly.
  • Transfer to a serving plate or bowl. Drizzle with some extra Honey Sauce on top. Sprinkle with some chopped Green Onions and toasted Sesame Seeds. Ready to enjoy!

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