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Chinese Honey Chicken

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Ingredients

8 portion(s)

Chicken
  • 1kg Breast fillets, Cubed
Oil for frying
Honey Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • sesame seeds, For garnishing
Batter
  • 250 grams water
  • 150 grams Self Raising Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 6
    1h 15min
    Preparation 15min
    Baking/Cooking 1h 0min
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  1. This is time consuming and makes a lot, if you don't need so much halve the recipe.!!

     

    If you can plan ahead, I recommend chopping up the chicken and preparing the batter early to reduce the amount of time needed.  I also make my fried rice a day before, not only for better flavour, but it can be hectic making fried rice and the honey chicken If you don't allocate enough prep time.

     

    1) Cut the chicken breast into small chunks, not too large as the batter will burn before the chicken is cooked through.

     

    2) Add the water and egg to the jug and mix 10 sec speed 5 to combine. Add the SR flour, salt and pepper to the jug. Mix 30 sec speed 5 to combine to a smooth batter. Pour batter into a large bowl. Set aside.

    Add oil to a large pan, deep enough to shallow fry the chicken, or alternatively if you have a deep fryer, heat that up to 180'C.

     

    While oil is heating:

     

    3) Coat chicken in the corn flour. Once all the chicken is coated in the cornflour, then dip into the batter and immediately place into the hot oil. Place a few pieces in at a time.

    Dont over crowd the pan as this will reduce the temperature of the oil too much, esp if you are shallow frying in a pan.

    Turn chicken until the batter is golden and evenly cooked. Test a piece of chicken to ensure it is cooked thoroughly. Remove and place onto paper towel to drain excess oil. Continue frying chicken.

    (You can place the chicken on a tray on LOW in the oven to keep warm whilst cooking the remaining chicken)

     

    4) Once you have fried all the chicken, have it ready next to you to place into the honey sauce as you need to work quickly not to burn the honey.

    Place the oil and honey in a large pan on a medium heat to gently simmer, stir gently, once the honey starts to bubble, throw all the chicken in the fry pan and gently toss to coat in the honey sauce. Be careful not to be too rough so the batter doesnt fall off.

     

    5) Once the chicken is evenly coated, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately. Enjoy.!!

     

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Tip

If you don't need approx 8 portions halve the recipe.



The best oil to use for the honey sauce is peanut oil, rice bran oil or a vegetable oil. Dont use olive oil as it has a stronger flavour so will affect the taste.



Vegetable oils can be used for frying. For best results to avoid oily chicken, ensure the oil is very hot. If oil isn't hot enough, it won't seal the batter when it enters the oil, it will slowly bubble resulting in oil being absorbed. This will make a soggy batter and oily chicken.



Rice malt syrup can be substituted for the honey. Depending what honey you use, will vary sweetness. I prefer darker honey as it isn't sickly sweet like the lighter ones.



Gluten free version- use gluten free SR flour and gluten free corn flour.



If you dont have a deep fryer you want the oil atleast an inch deep in your fry pan to ensure there's enough oil to cook the batter so it will be light and crispy.



To avoid excess dishes place cornflour and batter in ziplock bags.!!







This recipe was inspired by AWW honey prawns


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  • Chloelpatterson2902 wrote:...
    Submitted by MrsQ on 9. February 2017 - 18:33.

    Chloelpatterson2902 wrote:
    Not sure why so many people are complaining about this recipe being time consuming, I found it quite easy and quick if you're organised! The flavours were amazing!! I shallow fried and they turned out perfect, thanks for sharing!


    thanks! I'm an experienced, super organised cook too so don't find it such a big deal to prepare.! We recently went on holiday and went to a Chinese restaurant, we paid $19.90 for a plate of honey chicken and I kid you not there would have been lucky if it was about 10 little bits of chicken. I was shocked, I expected a plate piled up high for $20 and realised why my recipe was so popular.!! Lol

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  • Not sure why so many people are complaining about...
    Submitted by Chloelpatterson2902 on 3. February 2017 - 13:30.

    Not sure why so many people are complaining about this recipe being time consuming, I found it quite easy and quick if you're organised! The flavours were amazing!! I shallow fried and they turned out perfect, thanks for sharing!

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  • Great recipe! Tastes even better than the local...
    Submitted by Nettle90 on 29. January 2017 - 15:35.

    Great recipe! Tastes even better than the local Chinese restuarant, thanks for sharing!

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  • Delicious!
    Submitted by Taelia20 on 11. January 2017 - 20:26.

    Delicious!

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  • Tasted good but unless you have a deep fryer the...
    Submitted by eb122 on 8. January 2017 - 20:25.

    Tasted good but unless you have a deep fryer the time it took from start to finish was more like 2 hours. No way we will ever be making it again. I'd rather just go and get it from a Chinese takeaway. Time consuming is a HUGE understatement.

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  • Really good! Taste the same as the local Chinese...
    Submitted by Nerri_87 on 4. January 2017 - 22:18.

    Really good! Taste the same as the local Chinese shop.

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  • Yummo we make this all the time instead of...
    Submitted by emg85 on 28. December 2016 - 14:53.

    Yummo we make this all the time instead of purchasing from the chinese takeaway place

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  • My family loved this ! Made more than we needed ,...
    Submitted by Candy0108 on 14. December 2016 - 00:46.

    My family loved this ! Made more than we needed , should have listened . I suggest for 3 people - make half the batch . Delicious and authentic tasting !

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  • Fiddly, but great, thank you. The kids and hubby...
    Submitted by mrsm_jones on 13. December 2016 - 09:57.

    Fiddly, but great, thank you. The kids and hubby loved it, so worth the oil splashes LOL.

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  • Winner in our house with
    Submitted by AoifesBigThermieAdventure on 12. November 2016 - 23:16.

    Winner in our house with fussy 7 yr old and everyone else. 

     

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  • Others who have made it gf
    Submitted by MrsQ on 3. November 2016 - 15:26.

    Others who have made it gf have just used the same measurements with gf SR flour and it's worked. not sure what flour you have but if it absorbs more liquid you could just add in a little more water for a thinner consistency for battering. I use gf cornflour and use the same amount as it's just coating chicken. 

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  • Thank you so much for this
    Submitted by Emma Mastoi on 1. November 2016 - 15:00.

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It is absolutely amazing. Followed recipe exactly and it worked out amazingly. Better than Chinese takeaway. Definitely a keeper.

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  • Wanting to give this recipe
    Submitted by Kcgo on 1. November 2016 - 13:22.

    Wanting to give this recipe ago but will need to make it GF. How much GF flour and corn flour would you recommend?

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  • Awesome recipe, you're on a
    Submitted by gingerchef_jess on 1. November 2016 - 01:25.

    Awesome recipe, you're on a winner with this one tmrc_emoticons.)

    Jess

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  • Delicious, my fussy 6 year
    Submitted by chrisasloan on 31. October 2016 - 13:03.

    Delicious, my fussy 6 year old declares it is the best chicken ever! And doesn't want it take away anymore

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  • Pretty yum and easy to make.
    Submitted by jp15 on 11. October 2016 - 21:34.

    Pretty yum and easy to make. It makes quite a lot too. Thanks. 

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  • I've just edited the recipe
    Submitted by MrsQ on 9. October 2016 - 20:05.

    I've just edited the recipe amounts in the ingredients list, this should be the right consistency now.! 

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  • Apologies I've recently
    Submitted by MrsQ on 9. October 2016 - 19:58.

    Apologies I've recently edited the recipe and put the water and flour in grams in the ingredients list and made an error. I've just reweighed my original recipe amounts and It should be 150g flour and 250g water. 

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  • Had this for dinner tonight!
    Submitted by fheffern on 9. October 2016 - 02:01.

    Had this for dinner tonight! It was AMAZING!

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  • It was excellent however, you
    Submitted by arentyoucute on 8. October 2016 - 18:45.

    It was excellent however, you will need to add water to the batter to get it right.  Also, use sparking water for a little lighter consistency.  It was messy and fun and the pickiest child on the planet said it was better then takeaway.

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  • Little messy but great
    Submitted by FHillman on 8. October 2016 - 16:38.

    Little messy but great alternative to take away!

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  • Had to add more water for
    Submitted by Leanne1974 on 4. October 2016 - 17:46.

    Had to add more water for batter....but was yum! Just like take away, but better. A lot of the time there is a lot of batter, and little chicken In the restaurants.  Time consuming though.

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  • I made half a batch. I had to
    Submitted by Sar387 on 4. October 2016 - 16:24.

    I made half a batch. I had to play around to get the batter to the right consistency. Will be making it again.

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  • Found the batter was too
    Submitted by Alli-J on 30. September 2016 - 19:58.

    Found the batter was too thick so added some extra water and it was fine.

    Helps to have someone help with turning the chicken as you batter the rest.

     

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  • Made less as I didn't have
    Submitted by Kirrilly on 30. September 2016 - 10:13.

    Made less as I didn't have all the chicken and still enough for 4 with a few leftovers for the kids to fight over for lunch. 

    Getting Miss 10 to help me was a great idea. 

    Will make again on special occasions 

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  • Yum
    Submitted by Bel-1981 on 13. September 2016 - 21:17.

    Yum

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  • Awesome dinner, will be
    Submitted by k lewis on 4. September 2016 - 20:01.

    Awesome dinner, will be making it again soon

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  • Fabulous I think even better
    Submitted by Nicc747 on 30. August 2016 - 12:02.

    Fabulous I think even better than the Chinese Takeaway one (at least we know its really chicken in there) a total hit in my house 

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  • A total hit in our house.  My
    Submitted by MAB77 on 28. August 2016 - 12:15.

    A total hit in our house.  My only complaint is that my family won't want takeaway anymore which means I wont be getting a night of from cooking  Love  A very nice reciepe with minimal fuss....(the frying of the chicken was the only time consuming part)Definatley halve the recipe....I made the full amount and we have at least half left over for dinner tonight.  Thank you

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  • This recipe is amazing, far
    Submitted by WendyCM on 22. August 2016 - 21:56.

    This recipe is amazing, far better than anything I have had from a Chinese restaurant (even my grand children thought so). Batter is very light which with the honey glaze worked well. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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  • So delicious! Halved the
    Submitted by christym on 21. August 2016 - 16:20.

    So delicious! Halved the recipe and it made enough to serve four with some leftovers. Will definitely make this again.

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  • Yes it is fiddly.... it is
    Submitted by It's Delish on 21. August 2016 - 11:35.

    Yes it is fiddly.... it is also delicious!!! Not as sweet as you might expect!

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  • Spot on and deadset delicious
    Submitted by There's a rainbow in my kitchen on 20. August 2016 - 23:49.

    Spot on and deadset delicious worth making at least once

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  • this is hands down better
    Submitted by katie eichorn on 7. August 2016 - 16:34.

    this is hands down better than my local chinese restaurant. 

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  • Has anyone any thoughts about
    Submitted by Sharon_40 on 2. August 2016 - 11:50.

    Has anyone any thoughts about whether this could be cooked in an air fryer?

     

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  • I agree! Time consuming, but
    Submitted by Kylie-Jayne on 30. July 2016 - 15:10.

    I agree! Time consuming, but absolutely worth it. Very delicious

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  • Definitely worth the effort!
    Submitted by Karenmccoy on 29. July 2016 - 20:18.

    Definitely worth the effort! Was really yum.

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  • WINNER this dish was
    Submitted by melclaridge on 21. July 2016 - 15:54.

    WINNER

    this dish was absolutely delicious. The whole family thouroughly enjoyed it, including miss 4yr and miss 11 month old. We had this with special fried rice  Love

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  • Absolutely DELICIOUS!!! It's
    Submitted by Elliep24 on 16. July 2016 - 14:16.

    Absolutely DELICIOUS!!! It's been a while since i have made something new that just wowed me. I deep fried mine, it was perfect. Definitely a regular in our house.

     

    thank you thank you thank you 

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  • Just like the real
    Submitted by gtschneek on 11. July 2016 - 08:48.

    Just like the real thing...won't be getting it from a takeaway restaurant again!

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  • Thanks for the great
    Submitted by MrsQ on 9. July 2016 - 21:58.

    Thanks for the great feedback.!! Success really depends on how organised you are and if you're a clean cook then theres not much mess to clean,, I tidy up as I go along so I don't have any mess to clean Up after. I tend to be very organised and have everything prepared, I usually cook the rice earlier in the day, have the chicken chopped, corn flour in a bag, and batter in a bowl. I use tongs to grab the chicken out of the batter and into the oil, then have a clean pair of tongs to turn the chicken in the oil. This keeps my hands clean and away from hot oil.! A tray with paper towel in the oven ready to place the chicken on. i have paper towels near by ready to wipe up any drips of batter that may land on my hot plate, easier to wipe as I go before is gets baked on.  Its funny, I see this recipe trending quite often, particularly on weekends, my family gets to eat this once maybe twice a year.!! Lol 

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  • A total hit. Definately have
    Submitted by Ellewebb on 8. July 2016 - 23:03.

    A total hit. Definately have with the non fried fried brown rice but cook this the day before so you just have to reheat it. Set yourself up well and it wont be too messy to make. 

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  • This was great, definitely in
    Submitted by Thermiwinner on 7. July 2016 - 07:57.

    This was great, definitely in a winner in my house. And definitely worth the little bit of mess!

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  • Was yummy but yes. Time
    Submitted by felburgess on 4. July 2016 - 14:53.

    Was yummy but yes. Time consuming.... I had such a mess everywhere lol... But was delici  Cooking 6

    Felicity

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  • So good! Will definitely be
    Submitted by Sarah jayne 87 on 30. June 2016 - 19:12.

    So good! Will definitely be making again, thanks tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • A winner in our house, even a
    Submitted by kezzr79 on 30. June 2016 - 16:13.

    A winner in our house, even a friend asked for the recipe, add spainsh onion and capsicum into the mix with fried fried rice. It was beautiful. tmrc_emoticons.) tmrc_emoticons.)  tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • Yum, Yum, Yum!!! Everyone
    Submitted by Nadsdf on 28. June 2016 - 20:27.

    Yum, Yum, Yum!!! Everyone loved it! It made a generous amount so there's left overs for tomorrow! Great recipe!

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  • Yummy! Pretty easy for such a
    Submitted by laura05 on 28. June 2016 - 15:04.

    Yummy! Pretty easy for such a tasty meal. I halved the recipe and still had leftovers after feeding 2 adults and 2 toddlers. I cooked all the chicken while cooking the non fried rice. Definitely making again!

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  • Not great shallow frying.
    Submitted by themartinfamily76 on 22. June 2016 - 11:26.

    Not great shallow frying.

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  • Absolutely amazing! I fried
    Submitted by bethdewing on 21. June 2016 - 18:14.

    Absolutely amazing! I fried in a jar of no taste coconut oil and used half rice malt half honey for the sauce.. went well with home made fried rice, asian stir fried vegetables and a cup of chinese jasmine green tea!

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