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Honey Chicken

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5 from 4 reviews

Crispy and sweet deep-fried chicken tossed in a sweet and sticky sauce. A classic Chinese recipe that tastes EXACTLY like takeout. This is a recipe that we've used in our restaurants for over 30 years, it can stay crispy for hours when cooked correctly.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x




  • 1 cup Self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup Cornflour
  • 1 cup 2 tbsp Water


  • 300g Velveted chicken (follow recipe here), or chicken thigh 
  • 1 litre Vegetable or canola oil


  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 tsp Custard powder
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp YumYum, or msg

To serve

  • Fried thin vermicelli noodles
  • Toasted sesame seeds



  1. Combine the flour and cornstarch in a large bowl
  2. Add the water and whisk until smooth
  3. Add the marinated chicken and stir until completely coated
  4. Set aside and heat the oil


  1. Heat the oil over high heat in a wok or pot until it reaches 180C/350F
  2. Add the chicken and fry for 10 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown
  3. Strain the chicken from the oil and set aside
  4. Set the left over oil aside to be used next time you deep-fry


  1. Combine the honey, water, custard powder, sugar, salt and yumyum together in the empty wok or pot
  2. Heat over high heat until bubbling and slightly thickened
  3. Add the chicken and toss until combined
  4. Serve on a plate with fried vermicelli (optional) and sprinkle with sesame seeds
  5. Enjoy with a side of rice
  • Author: Vincent Yeow Lim
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 471
  • Sugar: 16.3 g
  • Sodium: 992.5 mg
  • Fat: 20.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.2 g
  • Protein: 21.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 54.8 mg