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How to Make Crispy Battered Chicken in Honey Sauce

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Mmmm isn’t food from the local Chinese/Asian take away just amazing, I certainly think so! I’m a self confessed ‘Asian food aholic’, ordering more than one take away a week. It costs me a fortune that I don’t have.

So one day I decided that I’d try to re-create any Chinese meal I ate. I began by analysing all the tastes and possible ingredients in the food I was eating and through trial and error I re-created a few recipes of my favourite dishes.

Battered Chicken in a Honey Sauce (Shredded chicken) was one of my favourites I began cooking at home. (Also called crispy shredded chicken…) It is also quite an easy chicken recipe to follow.

One day I was in my favourite local Chinese with my best friend Sarah, while we were eating our favourite dish. That’s when we had the realisation that the vital ingredient in their amazing Honey sauce was, you may think...wait it’s honey, right?! NO! It was Golden Syrup.

I know right, Golden Syrup, why don’t they just call it Battered chicken in Golden syrup sauce? Well maybe it doesn’t sound that appetising I suppose.

I shall now write out a list of ingredients you’ll need to create this delicious dish. You may follow this chicken recipe or tweak it to your liking.


Do you have a Wok?

Step 1 – Make the Batter

I generally roughly estimate the quantities for the batter and it turns out fine. If you want to alter my batter recipe feel free, it’s the sauce that needs to be strict.

  1. Add Plain flour and Corn Flour into mixing bowl and mix in a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Next add 1 egg and mix thoroughly.
  3. Now add just enough warm water to the Batter mixture to produce a thick consistency. The batter should be able to run off the end of a spoon.
  4. It you want to add more colour and a bit of taste to the batter, you can also add a little soy sauce.


Step 2 – Chop and Batter Chicken

  1. Chop the chicken into thin strips or into cubes.
  2. Cover the chicken in a generous amount of batter and if you like sprinkle some plain flour on top to make more crispy when fried.
  3. Now you can either Shallow fry (in Wok) or Deep fry (in Deep fat fryer) the battered chicken. You can just use pure vegetable oil or sunflower oil for this, but if you want you could add a little peanut or sesame oil to the veg/sunflower oil to give a little extra flavour. If shallow frying, make sure to constantly move the battered chicken so it doesn’t stick to wok.
  4. When batter turns a light golden brown, remove chicken from oil and let drain on top of some tissue.

Step 3 – Make the Honey Sauce (or Honey and Chili Sauce)

  1. Cut the Garlic clove up very finely as well as ginger (optional), lemon grass (optional) and Chili (optional – don’t use too much).
  2. Fry Garlic etc… in a little oil (peanut, veg. or sunflower) for a bit and then add the Cup of water.
  3. Now its time to add the Golden syrup and Honey. Add more Golden syrup to the mixture than Honey. Add as much as you want and constantly taste the sauce to make sure it’s to your liking. I generally like my sauce to be a runny so I don’t add too much of each, but it’s up to you!
  4. Let the Sauce boil a little until it starts to thicken slightly. Also if you think you made too much sauce or just want it stronger and thicker, keep boiling it so it reduces a bit.
  5. Now it’s time to add the previously cooked battered chicken to the sauce in the pan/wok. Mix everything thoroughly and let sauce soak into the batter for a minute.
  6. Your dish is ready! Arrange your chicken on top of some fried or plain rice, pour over your Honey sauce and sprinkle as much sesame seeds as you like on top.

Congratulations, you have now created your at home Chinese take away. Bon Appetite!

I do hope you liked this simple at home chicken recipe.


Michael on April 12, 2015:

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just wondering how much of flower and corn flower i use roughly? it looks delicious :)

Nadush on March 14, 2015:

I tried this recipe it is delisious.and the chicken was crispy. thank you.

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on March 03, 2015:

Vote up!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 01, 2015:

This looks yummy and delicious. I would love to make this someday, sans the chili portion. Great hub. Voted up!

Dr. Samprita Sahu from Indore, India on December 16, 2014:

I love crispy honey chilli chicken but have never tried it at home. Your recipe looks easy and would try it for sure...

Mary Gaines from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on June 09, 2014:

This looks so delicious, cannot wait to try it! Thanks

Stuart Honour on May 15, 2014:

Superb recipe. Have done it many times and always works. Real "take away" taste. Please can I pinch this recipe and put it on my board here in the uk. You will be acknowledged as the author! S

Geri MIleff from Czech Republic on April 06, 2014:

Wow, that chicken sure looks amazing! Great hub! :)

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on March 17, 2014:

Yum!!!! I can smell it from all the way over here ! :) Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. Have a great week

Iontach (author) on February 05, 2014:

@ just ask susan, I'll have to check out your page as I always do love a new chicken recipe!

Thanks for all your comments everyone! Golden syrup is basically in every shop in Ireland...hmmm maybe if you can't find it your could try to caramelise honey at a high heat instead. This recipe tastes great with proper honey too but the golden syrup makes it taste like the restaurant one - oddly with the name 'honey' in it.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 05, 2014:

So where do I find Golden Syrup?

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on February 05, 2014:

Well I am ready to make this recipe. What is golden syrup?

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 05, 2014:

My husband and I were just talking about wishing we knew how to make this at home, but that it was just too complicated. Yea! You must have been reading our minds! Thanks.

Leah Kennedy-Jangraw from Massachusetts on February 05, 2014:

I'm always curious what the batter is to get chicken extra crispy, like they do in restaurants. I will definitely have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 05, 2014:

I love to eat at restaurants and then come home and re create the recipe for the dishes that I really like. Your Chicken in Honey Sauce sounds amazing. I have a recipe called Lemon Grass Chicken that I think you might like.

Amanda Bennett from Nova Scotia on November 06, 2013:

Thank You!! I just started eating this chicken in the restaurants !! Looking forward to making this one at home!!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on September 22, 2013:

The pictures had my mouth watering and the recipe sounds like something I can do. I'll be looking for the golden syrup you listed. Thanks for sharing the recipe for one of my very favorite foods. Great pictures!

idigwebsites from United States on July 03, 2013:

Oh yes Asian food is the best. The words "crispy battered chicken in honey sauce" already makes my mouth water! I will try your recipe, thanks for sharing!

Iontach (author) on June 03, 2013:

Hi Peter,

I'm not sure which book that is? There are no books advertised on this page...

peter donoghue on June 03, 2013:

we want to buy the book on chinese honey chicken &

also pork in plum sauce?

Jack on April 20, 2013:

Looking at this recipe there's a few things I would suggest for the people who are making this sauce, and to the author and creator of this recipe.

When creating a recipe the liquid for of golden syrup or honey should be measured as well like water the people who don't cook often get a better balance and idea. water temperature for the batter should not exceed 37C degrees , you can also use Tempura Flower but use iced water which does give you a longer lasting crispy batter when cooked, stir this (using chop sticks) batter but don't beat it

Sandra on October 17, 2011:

I love mexico food and I don't know who don't love it but I do.

Chin chin from Philippines on January 28, 2011:

I like Chinese food. Thanks for sharing this recipe. You made the instructions pretty easy to follow. I just need to look for that Golden Sauce and I'll try this out.

Congrats on your Hubnugget nomination.

Iontach (author) on January 27, 2011:

Hay Blond Logic! Well i hope you think it tastes like a normal chinese! Rural Brazil? - Voce e loca da cabaeca?

I'd love to go to Brazil, i can even speak a tiny bit of portuguese.

Good luck!!!



Mary Wickison from Brazil on January 27, 2011:

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I think you have saved me from culinary insanity. My husband and I moved to rural Brazil over a year ago. Many a time, we have longed for a Chinese takeaway. So now, it's on with the pinny, recipe in hand.

I can't wait to try it.

ladyjane1 from Texas on January 26, 2011:

I am definitely going to try this recipe. I love chicken, especially asian food. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

Iontach (author) on January 25, 2011:

Awww cheers Pamela! I'm very happy with the nomination :) Hopefully I win!



Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 25, 2011:

The recipe looks easy and the pictures are mouth watering. Congrats on your nomination.

Iontach (author) on January 24, 2011:

Thanks Elayne001! Ono, ok i'll remember that! lol

I hope you do try itm i'ts yum comfort food :) Please Vote for me if ya can :)



Elayne from Rocky Mountains on January 23, 2011:

Looks so ono! (that means delicious in Hawaii) Thanks for sharing the recipe - I'll have to try it. I do love Chinese food. Congrats on the nomination also.

Iontach (author) on January 23, 2011:

Hi Sueroy333! Thank you so much for your comment and vote :)

I need as many as I can get, arrggg.

Did you actually bite your computer screen? lol you're mad alright. haha

Well I'm pretty sure you can get Golden syrup in most supermarkets? Maybe I'n the US it has a different name...If you type in 'lyle's golden syrup' in google you may recognise it or find out where to buy it...But I wouldn't know where to buy it in

Cheers and Good luck!


Iontach (author) on January 23, 2011:

Haha Ripplemaker! I hope you try this out! Tis pretty yummy alright :P

Vote for me people, pleeeaassee.


Susan Mills from Indiana on January 23, 2011:

Congratulations on your Hubnugget nomination!

I have a very important question for you... where do you buy "Golden Syrup"?

I'm much too poor a cook to even attempt this, but my husband, thank God, can cook. This looks so good I tried to take a bite. Computer screens are not good for your canines. I don't know if you knew that, thought I'd be a champ and pass it on just in case.

Great hub!!

You have my vote!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on January 22, 2011:

There is excitement on the air in the Land of the Midnight Hubnuggets! Yummy yummy I'm getting hungry Iontach! LOL Will try this out!

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Iontach (author) on January 21, 2011:

Hi Christopher!

Thanks for the compliment :) Ermmm...No I don't think its called General Tsoe's Chicken?! Does that dish have honey or golden syrup in it? Sweet and spicy is D'Best:P


Christopher Price from Vermont, USA on January 21, 2011:

Nicely done...makes my mouth water!

Is this the dish many Chinese restaurants call General Tsoe's Chicken? Sweet and spicy hits the spot. :{)


Iontach (author) on January 18, 2011:

Cheers RedElf! I'm so fussy with my layout so thanks :)

Make sure to try this recipe it's pretty yummy :P

RedElf from Canada on January 18, 2011:

Great chicken recipes, and a beautifully laid-out hub! Thanks so much!

Iontach (author) on January 18, 2011:

Awwwww Thanks Kamran and Parduc! What lovely comments :)

Thank you parduc for your compliment about the parchment, that took me while! I use paint do do all those parchments.

I think a lot of men can actually cook, but they just couldn't be bothered...:P

parduc from Kos island, Greece on January 18, 2011:

Beautifully executed hub and great photos! I especially loved the parchment for the recipe, good idea! A man who can actually cook AND write,mmmm...yummy:))

Kamran100 on January 18, 2011:

yummy,,so nice hub, looking very delicious ..

Iontach (author) on January 16, 2011:

Hi Jenesmith01! I hope you do, It's really yummy :) Make sure to use chili if you like chili!

jenesmith01 from North Texas on January 16, 2011:

this looks delicious i can't wait to give it a try

Iontach (author) on January 14, 2011:

Hay Emily! Yey my first comment on this hub :)

This recipe is very simple and you should try it! It's good comfort food if you just want a spoil yourself day. :P

I'll deffo be putting up more recipes on Hubpages, among other stuff hopefully, and you better be putting up some more of your poems!


Emily40 on January 14, 2011:

I don't really eat all different types of meat but chicken! Anytime anyhow lol.

Great recipe, you know if i ever do get married i want a man who could cook like you!

Cause am really not the cooking type and don't really know those kool recipes but i love to full my belly with it. please post some more of those delicious recipes. Sounds yummy!

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