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How to Make Crispy Battered Chicken in Honey Sauce

Updated on December 29, 2016

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.

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.


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      5 years ago

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

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      5 years ago

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

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      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Vote up!

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

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

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      Dr. Samprita Sahu 

      5 years ago from Indore, India

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

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      Mary Gaines 

      6 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

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

    • Stuart Honour profile image

      Stuart Honour 

      6 years ago

      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

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      Geri MIleff 

      6 years ago from Czech Republic

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

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      Carrie Lee Night 

      6 years ago from Northeast United States

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

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @ 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.

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      6 years ago from Fountain, CO

      So where do I find Golden Syrup?

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      Dreamer at heart 

      6 years ago from Northern California

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

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      6 years ago from Fountain, CO

      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.

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      Leah Kennedy-Jangraw 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      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!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Amanda Bennett 

      6 years ago from Nova Scotia

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

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      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 profile image


      7 years ago from United States

      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 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Peter,

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

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      peter donoghue 

      7 years ago

      we want to buy the book on chinese honey chicken &

      also pork in plum sauce?

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      7 years ago

      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

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      9 years ago

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

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      Chin chin 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      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 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      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!!!



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      Mary Wickison 

      9 years ago from Brazil

      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.

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      9 years ago from Texas

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

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

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



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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      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 :)



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      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      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 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      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 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

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

      Vote for me people, pleeeaassee.


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      Susan Mills 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      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!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      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!

      Hubnuggets Flash: This hub is a Hubnuggets nominee. We invite everyone to please read the nominated hubs and vote! You have the right to vote...hubbers and non hubbers alike! So what are you waiting for? Follow me right here:

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    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      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


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      Christopher Price 

      9 years ago from Vermont, USA

      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 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

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

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

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      9 years ago from Canada

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

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      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

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      9 years ago from Kos island, Greece

      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:))

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      9 years ago

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

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

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

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      9 years ago from North Texas

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

    • Iontach profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      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!


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      9 years ago

      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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