Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken

Creating the perfect blend of savory and sweet in a dish can be a culinary challenge, but the Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken recipe meets and surpasses this challenge with flying colors. The combination of juicy chicken with a crispy, flavorful coating, all drenched in a sticky, sweet, and slightly spicy honey garlic sauce, results in a dish that’s irresistibly delicious. I recently tried my hand at this recipe, and the results were phenomenal. The chicken was perfectly cooked, with a golden crust that held onto the luscious sauce, making every bite a delightful experience. This recipe is not only a crowd-pleaser but also a testament to the fact that a few simple ingredients can create a dish with depth and complexity of flavor.


For the Chicken:

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts – cut in half lengthwise and pounded to an even thickness to make four cutlets
  • 2 large eggs, beaten + 1 tbsp water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (regular paprika is fine as an alternative)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

For the Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp corn starch + 3 tbsp cold water

How To Make Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken

  1. Prepare the Sauce: In a saucepan, combine soy sauce, honey, and garlic. Stir well and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Thicken the Sauce: Mix cold water and cornstarch in a bowl until smooth. Pour this slurry into the boiling sauce, stirring until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Coat the Chicken: In a mixing bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and water.
  4. Dredge the Chicken: Dip each chicken cutlet first in the egg wash, then in the flour mixture, ensuring each piece is thoroughly coated.
  5. Fry the Chicken: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken pieces, cooking each side for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  6. Combine with Sauce: Toss the fried chicken in the honey garlic sauce until each piece is well coated.
  7. Serve: Enjoy the Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken hot, garnished with sesame seeds or green onions if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Calories per serving: The calorie count will vary based on the frying method and the size of the chicken breasts but expect approximately 500-600 calories per serving.

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Additional Tips

  1. Ensuring Crispiness: Make sure the oil is hot before adding the chicken to achieve a crispy exterior.
  2. Sauce Variations: Adjust the garlic or honey according to your taste preferences for a more personalized flavor profile.
  3. Serving Suggestions: Serve with a side of rice or vegetables for a balanced meal.
  4. Storing Leftovers: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in an oven for best texture.
  5. Making it Gluten-Free: Substitute the flour for a gluten-free alternative and ensure the soy sauce is gluten-free to make this dish celiac-friendly.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I bake the chicken instead of frying?
    • Yes, you can bake the coated chicken at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, but the exterior may not be as crispy as frying.
  2. Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts?
    • Absolutely, chicken thighs can be used and may result in a juicier dish due to their higher fat content.
  3. How can I make this dish spicier?
    • Increase the amount of cayenne pepper in the flour mixture for a spicier kick.
  4. Is there a substitute for cornstarch in the sauce?
    • Arrowroot powder or tapioca starch can be used as alternatives to cornstarch for thickening the sauce.
  5. Can I prepare the sauce ahead of time?
    • Yes, the sauce can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Gently reheat before tossing with the chicken.

Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken is a harmonious dish that satisfies the craving for something both sweet and savory. Its ease of preparation and delightful flavors make it an ideal choice for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. This recipe proves that with the right ingredients and techniques, creating restaurant-quality dishes at home is not only possible but also immensely rewarding.