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A pan of crispy honey chicken garnished with green onions.

Honey Chicken

This honey chicken is crispy pieces of chicken breast that are fried to golden brown perfection, then tossed in a sweet and savory honey sauce. A homemade version of the takeout classic that tastes even better than what you would get at a restaurant!
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Keyword honey chicken
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 323kcal
Author Sara Welch


For the chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • oil for frying canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup green onions thinly sliced

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water divided use
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch


For the chicken

  • Place the eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Place the flour and 1/2 cup corn starch in a shallow bowl or on a plate. Stir to combine.
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then into the flour. Repeat the process with all of the chicken.
  • Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep pot to 350 degrees F.
  • Add 7-8 pieces of chicken to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Repeat the process with the remaining chicken.
  • Drain the chicken on paper towels.

For the sauce

  • While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce. Place the honey, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of water, sesame oil and apple cider vinegar in a small pan. Bring to a simmer.
  • Mix the corn starch with the remaining tablespoon of water. Pour the corn starch mixture into the honey mixture. 
  • Bring the sauce to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
  • Toss the honey sauce with the chicken. Sprinkle with green onions, then serve.



Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 471mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.4mg