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Honey Garlic Fried Chicken

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Honey garlic fried chicken is a delectable mix of sweet and savory. A great recipe for Rosh Hashana or any other time of year!

Recently, someone asked me, “So when are you going to start posting Rosh Hashana recipes?”

And I was like “Oh Sh**, is Rosh Hashana really that soon?”

For those who don’t know, Rosh Hashana is the Jewish new year, usually celebrated September/October time. I’ve been so busy with the kids starting school, and starting this blog, and real work (I’m an accountant and tax season is starting, yay), that I completely forgot that Rosh Hashana was so soon.

I was like nope, I ain’t doing any fancy Rosh Hashana recipes for my blog, not happening.

But then, of course, once the idea of Rosh Hashana recipes was on my mind, I couldn’t let it go.

The typical Rosh Hashana recipes are honey cake, or something with apples or pomegranates. Which can be yum but also yawn. Everyone has seen or tried those recipes a million times; why would they be interested in reading my blog post on it?

(Why anyone would be interested in reading my blog posts at all, I don’t know, but hey, you’re here, aren’t you?) (glad to have you btw)

I’ve also been doing so many dessert recipes recently and it’s time for a change.

So instead of honey cake, today we are going to be discussing honey chicken! Honey garlic chicken, to be precise. Or to be even more precise, honey garlic fried chicken.

Honey Garlic Fried Chicken Recipe

Recipe source:

• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise in half
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 2 large eggs, beaten

• 1/2 cup honey, or more, to taste
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch


Check out the recipe on DamnDelicious for step by step instructions!


When I first read the recipe, I didn’t realize it called for chicken cutlets, and was wondering how she cooked chicken pieces on the stove top in 3-4 minutes per side. I was wondering if I missed the step where I need to put the chicken in the oven, or something.

It actually took me a few tries rereading the recipe to figure out what was going on.


honey garlic fried chicken sans honey garlic sauce sauce
honey garlic fried chicken sans honey garlic sauce
Honey garlic fried chicken with honey garlic sauce
Honey garlic fried chicken with honey garlic sauce

My thoughts on the Honey Garlic Fried Chicken Recipe

I usually title this section “What I changed in the XXX recipe,” but I didn’t really change much this time. I left the herbs out of the breading, since (as previously mentioned) my husband thinks that herbs taste like dirt.

This fried chicken calls for coating the chicken in flour – egg – flour, instead of the more traditional flour (which I usually skip) –egg – breadcrumbs. I was considering just going the usual breadcrumbs route, because I didn’t want a rebellion on my hands.

I finally decided to try the method called for in this recipe, and I’m glad I did. The flour and eggs combined with the moisture of the chicken to make an almost dough-like coating that was really good. Am I going to be replacing my regular fried chicken with this method? No. But this method does work well, and is good for a change of pace.

One thing I found a bit odd about the recipe is that it calls for adding water + cornstarch to the honey mixture to thicken it. While that is a typical way to thicken sauces in recipes, this sauce consisted basically of honey, and was already pretty thick. I actually think the water and cornstarch made it thinner than it previously was.

You are probably all thinking, “enough with dissecting the recipe! Tell us the important part – how did it taste??”

Why, thank you for asking.

Honey Garlic Fried Chicken – Verdict

I personally liked this a lot. My seven-year-old actually thought it was too sweet. It definitely is very sweet, but the sharpness of the garlic cuts the sweetness a lot. Next time I make this, I will probably put in a little less honey or put in extra water to cut the sweetness even more. On the whole, though, this honey garlic fried chicken is a very solid, sweet, Rosh Hashana appropriate dish.

Recipe grade: A

Take care!

Want some dessert to finish off your meal?

Double peanut butter sandwich cookies
Homemade Cinnamon Buns
Peanut butter glazed peanut butter chocolate chip bundt cake
No Bake Peanut Butter Pie


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