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Chunked chicken coated in seasoned flour and then dipped in buttermilk, fried until super crispy, and then soaked in a sweet honey soy sauce. This crispy honey chicken turns out incredible and is so delicious! You’ll love the crispy coating and texture. 

Chunked chicken coated in seasoned flour and then dipped in buttermilk, fried until super crispy, and then soaked in a sweet honey soy sauce. This crispy honey chicken turns out incredible and is so delicious! You'll love the crispy coating and texture. 

 Ok friends. All I can really say about this crispy honey chicken is that You. Need. To. Make. It! Trust me. I usually don’t waste my time making dishes that have to be pan-fried in oil. Because honestly, it’s a lot of work to stand there, dredge the chicken, fry it up, and then remove it all and then do all that for 3 more batches.

 I promise that this one is worth all the “work” of dredging, frying, moving, cooling and repeating. It really is!

It was even worth having my 2-year-old “kitchen helper” tear apart the Tupperware drawer while I made this. Because that’s exactly what she did. By the time I was done there was lids and bowls, and containers all over the kitchen.

Chunked chicken coated in seasoned flour and then dipped in buttermilk, fried until super crispy, and then soaked in a sweet honey soy sauce. This crispy honey chicken turns out incredible and is so delicious! You'll love the crispy coating and texture. 

 I think my favorite part about this recipe is the super crisp coating that the chicken has. It’s amazing. Normally I find that the crispy coating on chicken will fall apart or falls right off the chicken after frying. Not this one.

Thanks to the triple dip the chicken takes in the seasoned flour, then into some buttermilk, and then back into the flour, this chicken turns out with a perfectly crunchy and crispy coating that actually stays on. 

Chunked chicken coated in seasoned flour and then dipped in buttermilk, fried until super crispy, and then soaked in a sweet honey soy sauce. This crispy honey chicken turns out incredible and is so delicious! You'll love the crispy coating and texture. 

 Be prepared to get messy with this one. There are no tips to makes this less messy. Just dip in flour, then in buttermilk, then back in the flour. You’ll end up with a nice coating of buttermilk/flour on your fingers but just wash it off after each batch. 

The sweet honey soy sauce gets simmered on the stove and then once the chicken is done you pour the sauce over it and then stir (super gently) to coat everything. I let the sauce simmer on low while the chicken is frying. That way the sauce will be hot when it’s poured over the fried chicken, which is what you want to make it easier to coat all the chicken in the sauce.

You will also LOVE this crispy Asian honey chicken too! Or for a “healthier” version try this baked orange chicken or slow cooker orange chicken. Enjoy friends! Thanks for visiting. 

4.67 from 3 votes
Chunked chicken coated in seasoned flour and then dipped in buttermilk, fried until super crispy, and then soaked in a sweet honey soy sauce. This crispy honey chicken turns out incredible and is so delicious! You'll love the crispy coating and texture. 
Crispy Honey Chicken
Crispy chicken fried on the stove top and then covered in a sweet honey soy sauce dressing. Serve over rice for a better-than-takeout dinner!
Ingredients
Honey Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar
  • pinch of red pepper flakes if wanted
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
Chicken
  • 3 large chicken breasts about 1 1/2 lbs, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Canola oil for frying (2" of oil in a skillet)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the honey, soy sauce, water, sesame oil, red pepper flakes (if using) and vinegar. Whisk together and bring to a boil.
  2. In a separate bowl stir together the cornstarch and water. Set aside. Once the sauce is boiling slowly add the cornstarch mixture, while whisking. Bring back to a boil and then turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. ((If the sauce seems to be getting too thick (while you're frying the chicken) then add water, a tablespoon at a time, to thin it out. You don't want the sauce too thin as it is supposed to be a thicker sauce.))
  4. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a deep skillet pan over medium high heat.
  5. In a dish, mix the flour and spices. Put the buttermilk in a separate bowl.
  6. Toss the chicken (about 15 pieces at a time) in the flour, then into the buttermilk and then back into the flour. Place the coated chicken in the hot oil and cook for about 5-7 minutes, turning the chicken so all sides get cooked. The chicken needs to be cooked through and up to temp.
  7. Place the cooked chicken on a paper towel lined plate.
  8. Continue cooking the remaining chicken in batches until done.
  9. Combine all the cooked chicken into a large mixing bowl. Pour the hot honey sauce over and gently mix together until all chicken pieces are coated.
  10. Serve over white or brown rice.

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Chunked chicken coated in seasoned flour and then dipped in buttermilk, fried until super crispy, and then soaked in a sweet honey soy sauce. This crispy honey chicken turns out incredible and is so delicious! You'll love the crispy coating and texture. 

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    Valerie
    September 2, 2016 at 11:42 am Oh yes, I must give this a try!
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    January 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm […] This Crispy Honey Chicken from Together as Family turns out so incredible and delicious! The chicken gets coated in seasoned flour and then dipped in buttermilk and fried until super crispy. Then you put a sweet honey soy sauce glaze on it and watch out because it makes one heck of a dinner that you’ll really love! […]
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    Ty
    March 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm I want to try this recipe with chicken wing portions. Do you think this recipe will still work?
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      Together As Family
      March 25, 2017 at 4:02 pm It should work just fine. I'm assuming the chicken wings would be raw (which is what you want). The cook time may be slightly different (?) so just watch that when they're in the pan.
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    Kandace
    April 2, 2017 at 8:22 pm Could this be baked and not fried?
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      Together As Family
      April 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm I have never tried baking this recipe. I would say no because the coating on this chicken is meant to get really crispy with the frying. I don't think it would do the same thing if you baked it. If you prefer the baked chicken try these recipes :) https://togetherasfamily.com/2015/07/baked-orange-chicken/ https://togetherasfamily.com/2016/03/baked-sweet-sour-chicken/
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    Christina Zink
    April 6, 2017 at 6:41 am The meal was really good, the directions could be a bit more in order and explanatory. A little mixed up overall, I would definitely make this again! It was delicious.
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      Together As Family
      April 6, 2017 at 11:18 am You're right! I feel silly now because I just went and read the directions and it is super confusing, lol! I have been copying and pasting the recipes and moving them into a new recipe format so it looks like it got mixed up when I did that. Thanks so much for pointing that out. I probably would have never caught it myself. So glad you loved this and thanks for coming back to leave your comment.
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        Together As Family
        April 6, 2017 at 11:33 am So I just spent the last 15 minutes rewriting the directions and I have to say that I am super impressed you were able to make it even with those really bad directions. It is all fixed now and I am completely embarrassed at how awful it was!! Thanks again for letting me know :) I think I will make this tonight just so I can make sure the directions are good.
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          Pat
          April 6, 2017 at 4:22 pm How many people does this feed....we have 5 so wondering if I have to double?
          • Together As Family
            April 8, 2017 at 10:36 am Hi Pat. I apologize for my late reply. I would say that this safely feeds 4 healthy adult-sized portions. There was just enough for me, my husband, and our 3 young kids (7,5,2). We had no leftovers. If you are feeding more than that then I would for sure double it. I have never tried doubling the sauce but I am sure that it would double just fine. I hope that helps. I will go add the serving size to the recipe :)
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      Marisa
      November 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm Just wondering if there's anything I can substitute the buttermilk for I don't have any and I don't have any vinegar to make my own. Would regular milk work?
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        Together As Family
        November 11, 2017 at 1:40 am You could try regular milk but I've never done that so I can't say for sure how or if it would change the recipe. So sorry! If you do use milk I would try and use a higher fat content.
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        Sherry
        January 18, 2018 at 9:23 am You can use lemon juice instead of vinegar to make buttermilk.
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    Kelly
    April 7, 2017 at 4:33 pm How many servings does this meal make???
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      Together As Family
      April 8, 2017 at 10:37 am Hey Kelly. I'm sorry for my delayed reply. I would say that this safely feeds 4 adult-sized portions. There was just enough for me, my husband, and our 3 young kids (7,5,2). We had no leftovers. If you are feeding more than that then I would for sure double it. I have never tried doubling the sauce but I am sure that it would double just fine. I hope that helps. I will go add the serving size to the recipe :)
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    JETHRO PAUL RAYMER
    April 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm Can you please sign me up for your newsletters.
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      Together As Family
      April 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm Yes I can do that when I'm ready to launch my weekly newsletter. Right now I don't have a newsletter but it's something I am working on doing for the blog. Thanks for wanting to join and follow along :)
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    Nicole
    June 15, 2017 at 8:41 pm Tried it and it turned out GREAT the family loves it.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      June 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm Awesome. So glad you guys liked it! :)
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    Kim
    July 30, 2017 at 3:04 am Skinless or skin on chicken?
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      Together As Family
      July 30, 2017 at 10:57 am I use skinless. I will note that in the recipe. I never cook with skin on chicken so I am not sure. I would stick with the skinless cause I know this recipe works with that. But let me know if you try skin on and how it goes. Thanks for visiting :)
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    Kristin Perry
    July 30, 2017 at 9:45 am Could you cook this in a deep fryer rather than shallow fry? Just wondering if you could cook a larger batch by doing this?
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      Together As Family
      July 30, 2017 at 10:55 am Yes, that would be SO much easier :) I just don't have one and I'm not sure how many people do so I just include the pan fry directions. I will make a note of it in the recipe. But, yes a deep fryer would be a lot easier and you could do a big batch at once. Hope you enjoy this.
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    Lori
    July 30, 2017 at 10:44 am Could you do this with shrimp?
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      Together As Family
      July 30, 2017 at 10:53 am Hey Lori! I've never done that but I think it would work. It definitely will not have to cook as long as shrimp cooks much faster. So just watch it closely. Let me know how it goes :) Thanks so much for visiting!
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    Kirsten
    August 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm Hi! I've just made this and it turned out great however the sauce was a bit strong. Maybe I added too much honey? Or used the wrong type? Do you have any suggestions on the best honey to use? Thanks,
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      Together As Family
      August 22, 2017 at 11:18 pm Do you mean a bit strong with the honey flavor? It is supposed to be a honey sauce so the flavor will be prevalent in the sauce. If you don't care for the strong honey flavor then I would just reduce the amount of honey used. I just use the cheap store-brand honey at the store. Nothing fancy :) On it's own the sauce is strong and sweet but when you eat it over rice I think it helps mute the sauce. Hopefully that helps a little!
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    JoAnn Burns
    August 24, 2017 at 8:16 pm I made this dish for the first time the other night and it was absolutely amazing. My family loved it. They said it was better than we eat at our favorite Chinese restaurant. Tasted like the General Tso's. Will definately make again and again and again.
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      Together As Family
      August 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm So good to hear! Comments like this make my day :) Even though it requires a bit more "work" I still make this often too. Thanks for coming back to let me know.
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    Sophia Sajul
    September 7, 2017 at 5:14 am Hi, is buttermilk in powder or liquid form? I'm a newbie in terms of cooking so I'm not sure if i should be using liquid form or powder form.
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      Together As Family
      September 8, 2017 at 9:37 pm Liquid buttermilk. Normally in a recipe it will say powdered buttermilk if that's what you should use. If it just says 'buttermilk' then it will be the liquid stuff :) Hope that helps.
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    Cindy
    November 2, 2017 at 5:29 am I cooked this dish for my family tonight. Although I am not fond of sweet savoury dishes, the sauce was divine. Although I must say I didn’t pour it all over the chicken, I just drizzled it over the chicken pieces on each dinner plate. I also deep fried the chicken,, and you are right, the crust is so crisp and crunchy, it was divine too. Fantastic recipe. Cheers to you, and thank you for sharing such a wonderful dish.
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      Together As Family
      November 4, 2017 at 11:02 pm Happy to hear this was a hit! I like your idea of just drizzling the sauce over. That would make leftovers even better because they would not be sitting in the sauce forever.
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    Natasha
    November 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm I've made this once before and I loved it. I was new to frying so some of the chicken cooked a little long and I also didn't notice the cumin container had no guard so I accidentally put to much in but all in all I loved it :) I was wondering tho if it's necessary to use buttermilk or if I could use regular milk. I'm not sure what the difference is between the too and I don't know what else to use buttermilk for so I don't end up wasting it.
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      Together As Family
      November 5, 2017 at 9:06 pm Hi! I think using milk would be fine. I've never done it so I can't say for sure. If you don't have anything else to use the buttermilk for you can always make your own buttermilk for this recipe. Pour 1 tablespoon + 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar into a glass measuring cup and then pour milk until you get to the 1 1/2 cup line. Let that sit for 5 minutes and then use in the recipe.
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    Sheryl
    November 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm Ahhh... saw this on Pinterest, looks really good!!
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      Together As Family
      November 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm Thank you so much! :) Thanks for visiting from Pinterest!
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    Shannon
    December 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm I made it tonight it was so good. I wanted to spice it up a little so I added about a tablespoon of chili garlic paste. It was both sweet and a bit spicy. Everyone loved it.
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      Together As Family
      December 12, 2017 at 1:45 pm I love that spicy addition! I may have to try that. That sweet spicy combo sounds amazing for this chicken!
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    Connie
    December 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm Delicious .. the flour mixture needs a bit of salt added to bring out all the flavours. I will be making this again and again .. :)
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      Together As Family
      December 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm So glad you like it. I will make note of the salt in the recipe. I only add it to the chicken itself before dredging, but you can always add more to the flour mixture too. Thank you for coming back to leave your comment :)
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    Frank
    January 5, 2018 at 12:36 pm Just tried this recipe, and wow! Flavor is perfect and the chicken has a great crisp. Could even have the chicken without the sauce, it's amazing even on it's own, but the sauce had a perfect balance and flavor. The only thing I'll change next time is doubling the sauce because I served it over rice, and felt there wasn't quite enough.
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      Together As Family
      January 14, 2018 at 11:59 am My husband likes more sauce too so sometimes I'll double it. It works perfectly. I actually prefer it with less sauce cause I like the dry rice with the saucy chicken. But yes, for sure double 😊
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    Saoirse
    January 27, 2018 at 10:01 am Hey, I was just wondering if you could do the chicken in a deep fat fryer. I know that it'll be more unhealthy but would it easy to do? I've got all the ingredients and I can't wait to make this recipe tomorrow!
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      Together As Family
      January 29, 2018 at 4:59 pm Oh for sure! It would be easier than doing several batches on the stovetop. Enjoy! ☺️
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    MJ
    March 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm Just tried this recipe today and i gotta say i am officially in LOVE...definitely will be adding this to my regular menu...its quick and easy.

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    Barbara
    April 24, 2018 at 6:35 pm Oh. My. God. This is incredible! Just like the restaurants if not better. I add halved walnuts to oil for about 30 seconds after removing chicken. Honey Walnut Chicken, yum yum!

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      Together As Family
      April 29, 2018 at 8:50 pm So good to hear! This is definitely one dish that we all crave too. Everyone loves it :)
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    Penny Wilkins
    June 6, 2018 at 10:30 am Would this work with pork??????
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      Together As Family
      June 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm I have no idea. I only use chicken for this recipe. I would guess that it would not work cause the cook time is different, but maybe it would. If you really want to use pork then you'll just have to experiment and test it out :) Good luck.
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    Karen
    July 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm Have you frozen this after making it? Sounds so yummy An did looking for short cuts for the school year and getting home late after a full day of teaching. Thank you
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      Together As Family
      July 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm I don't usually freeze food so I can't say for sure. I would guess that no it does not freeze well because of that crispy coating. I think it would just turn soft and it would defeat the whole idea of crispy baked chicken. It's always worth a try though to see.
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    Anhar
    July 26, 2018 at 7:33 am Hi, your recipe sounds really great can't wait to try it! Can I leave out the onion powder? I can't find in the supermarkets here. Or an alternative?
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      Together As Family
      August 13, 2018 at 2:43 pm I would just leave it out then.
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    Lizzie
    July 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm Made this in a large batch for the whole family. Left the doubled sauce recipe on the side. Only thing i changed was i used half flour and half corn starch. Thats how i make my chicken nuggets. Gets the extra crispy with a slightly different taste. Thanks!
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    LL
    February 3, 2019 at 9:49 pm It was way too easy to burn the sauce! I ended up just using them as chicken nuggets and made a spicy dipping sauce for it. :) It was a fun recipe to make and pretty delicious, but I would up the spices and add salt and pepper. (May not need it if you’re coating it in sauce instead of dipping).

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    Thahab
    May 20, 2019 at 10:21 pm Hello looks amazing and delicious!!!! Gonna try it ! Just was wondering can I leave out the cumin? Don’t really like it , but if it make a difference then I’ll leave it thank you !
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      Together As Family
      May 31, 2019 at 10:26 pm I think leaving out the cumin would be fine. I've never done it so I can't say for sure but I don't think the cumin makes this dish.

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