Asian Fried Chicken with Honey Ginger Sauce

September 21, 2011

Serves: 4 with sticky rice and sides

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1 chicken, about 3 1/2 lbs., cut into 9 pieces, the whole breast should be cut across the back bone not with it into three pieces
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 4 cups ice water
  • peanut oil for frying

For the honey ginger sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon ginger, extremely finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, extremely finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced into thin rounds
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Combine the salt, sugar and ice cold water in a large bowl and mix till the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the chicken, making sure it is submerged, and let it brine for one hour. After the hour remove it to a tray lined with paper towel and dry the chicken completely.
  2. Place a large pot onto the stove. Fill the pot no more than a third full with oil. Turn the heat to medium high. Place a fry thermometer into the oil.
  3. While the oil is heating to the magic 375? F combine the sauce ingredients minus a quarter cup of the green onions in a bowl that will eventually be large enough to carefully toss the hot chicken with the sauce.
  4. When the oil is to temperature carefully add the chicken. Cook until the skin is brown and crispy and the chicken is done, ten to fifteen minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the hot oil to the sauce bowl and toss to combine. Serve garnished with the remaining green onions and the extra sauce for dipping chicken and sticky rice.

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Reviews (20) Questions (1)

20 Reviews

Kathryn January 30, 2016
I used bone in chicken thighs. The change I made was to pan fry in about 1/2 inch of oil until lightly browned on both sides about 8 minutes total. Then I finished cooking in the oven. The thighs turned out beautifully browned and juicy without all the frying oil. Accompanied with sautéed bok choy with mushrooms and rice. Very yummy.
 
Franca February 11, 2014
I second the 10 stars for the sauce. Delicious!
 
anitadik November 16, 2012
I am giving 10 stars to the sauce! As for the chicken, I prefer baked version, but that's a personal preference which does not affect the recipe at all.
 
HeaterUpperPro December 28, 2011
Any ideas on how the sauce would work as a marinade instead, using boneless chicken breast, probably broiled instead of fried?
 
Sarile December 22, 2011
My kids loved it!!!!
 
carolinemgarrison December 11, 2011
love this recipe! like lorenza, i used only chicken thighs and it turned out great. i've heard so much about the moisture your protein gets from brining, so i thought this would be a great opportunity to try it out. i'm so happy i did. this is definitely a "keeper" recipe!
 
carolinemgarrison December 11, 2011
love this recipe! like lorenza, i used only chicken thighs and it turned out great. i've heard so much about the moisture your protein gets from brining, so i thought this would be a great opportunity to try it out. i'm so happy i did. this is definitely a "keeper" recipe!
 
Mcoiscou December 10, 2011
I made this recipe today! I got a 10 .... Nice. Just one question the texture of the sauce most <br />Be thick or it most be liquid?
 
Author Comment
thirschfeld December 10, 2011
I make it thin then after tossing the chicken I pour the sauce into a ramekin for dipping. You could thicken it if you wanted though
 
Mcoiscou December 10, 2011
I made this recipe today! I got a 10 .... Nice. Just one question the texture of the sauce most <br />Be thick or it most be liquid?
 
Mary M. December 10, 2011
The sauce sounds delicious! Might use the sauce on fried tofu too.
 
yella December 8, 2011
Is there anyway to do this without a fry thermometer??? (Want to try a fake chicken version....)
 
AnnieHynes November 29, 2011
I made this recipe Sunday night and everyone loved! I even received a round of applause from my 2 teenagers and my husband! Thanks!
 
Lorenza November 28, 2011
thirschfeld, this is perhaps the BEST Asian inspired chicken dish EVER. I used thighs only, brined per your instructions. My family does not observe the technique of deep frying as you specify. I roasted the thighs, skin side down on a heavy sheet pan at 475, turned after 10 minutes and finished them in another 7-8 minutes. Then tossed in the sauce and VOILA, the BEST Asian inspired chicken dish EVER. I know, I repeat myself, but oh so good. The flavors are so much more subtle than those that result from a marinade of the chicken before cooking. Keep those great recipes coming thirschfeld! Yours in cooking and dining, Lorenza
 
wietje November 21, 2011
Just tried this. Delicious sauce. However, one-hour brining does not seem enough. Would overnight be okay or even simmer the chicken slowly in the brine before frying? Definitely will try to make this again.
 
Lelebakes September 25, 2011
Receipe for sticky rice? :)
 
Author Comment
thirschfeld September 25, 2011
Lelebakes, sticky rice is a type of rice most often served with Thai food and can be purchased at many Asian groceries. You soak it for 24 hours then steam it.
 
Miss M. September 25, 2011
Looks delicious ... Thanks for the recipe i'll try it today ;)
 
ashleychasesdinner September 21, 2011
Love the recipe! Gorgeous photo!
 
Bevi September 21, 2011
Terrific!