This is a recipe for honey chicken just like you can find at the Chinese buffet. This honey chicken is often found at buffets as battered chicken pieces coated in a yellow or red sauce. The truth is you can make this dish at home and it will be fresh and taste even better than what you would find on the buffet tables. The chicken pieces are coated with a cornstarch and flour batter and then fried until crispy and golden. The sauce is just a simple combination of ketchup, sugar, honey, soy sauce and water. You can use either boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs for this recipe. You should use thighs if you want it to taste like the Chinese honey chicken from the buffet. If you want to make extra sauce for rice, you can easily double or triple the sauce ingredients. Serve with white or brown rice.
Chinese Honey Chicken
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup corn starch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Salt to taste
- Water as needed
- Oil for deep frying
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons water
- In a medium bowl mix together all of the sauce ingredients and set aside.
- In a large bowl add flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Add water slowly until a semi-thick batter has formed.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees Dip each chicken piece in the batter and place into the deep-fryer. Deep-fry the coated chicken pieces in batches until golden and crispy and fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.). Drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
- Add the sauce to a saucepan and summer until thick and glossy.
- Mix the fried chicken pieces with the sauce and toss well.