5 from 11 votes

Honey Buttered Fried Chicken

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If there ever was a viral TikTok dinner recipe you needed to try, it’s this honey buttered fried chicken.

Incredibly juicy chicken thighs that not only have an audible deep-fried crunch but smothered and covered in honey as only a Southerner would. When this TikTok recipe came across our feed, it immediately went into the save file to try. And after trying -wow!

While not every recipe or idea is a win, this recipe is worth your ingredients and time. 

honey buttered chicken recipe.

Why you will love this Viral Chicken Recipe

That Crunch is REAL: This viral dinner recipe is flat-out perfect! That honey butter sauce is amazing! I don’t think these chicken bites would last long anywhere or on any plate. They are nice and sweet and perfectly crunchy. 

The family approves: I left this out for my husband while I went to a class and asked him how dinner was, and he said, “Outstanding.” 

This recipe was originally shared by @patrickzeinali Please follow his channel here!.

Ingredients: 

  • chicken thighs – There is no doubt that boneless skinless chicken breasts yield a similar result, but thighs provide a juicier and more robust flavor when getting down to the nitty-gritty of chicken.
  • Crispy Batter: All-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and ice-cold water.
  • Honey Butter Sauce: This sauce is a mixture of butter, white sugar, soy sauce, and sweet honey.
  • Vegetable oil: When frying at high heat for recipes like fried chicken, it’s best to use an oil that can handle that heat. Canola oil and vegetable oil are the best options.
  • chopped fresh parsley, optional for serving

How to make Honey Buttered Fried Chicken

  1. Add about 2″ of oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add chicken, flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and ice water to a large bowl and mix well to coat evenly.
  3. Carefully place chicken pieces into the hot oil and fry for about 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through or until golden brown and crispy on each side.
  4. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165.
how to make easy crispy tiktok chicken.
  1. Drain fried chicken on paper towels and keep warm. 
  2. In a separate skillet, add butter, white sugar, soy sauce, and honey.
  3. Heat over medium heat, frequently stirring until bubbly. Let bubble for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  4. Combine with chicken and stir well to coat evenly. 
  5. Serve honey butter fried chicken immediately. 
tiktok viral chicken recipe in a pan.

Expert Chicken Batter Tip

Tip on the batter: The ice-cold water in the TikTok video had ice in it. So I filled the cup with 1/2 cup of water and then added ice. I tossed it all into the bowl. The mixture should be similar to pudding. Smooth and not lumpy. You might need to add a little more water. 

Where is the Seasoning? 

After watching the viral video you may be asking yourself where the salt, black pepper, cloves garlic, or pepper flakes are. While seasoning is always a personal option and choice you can make while prepping a piece of chicken, the truth is that we believe the original recipe is great on its own. 

piece of chicken on a fork.

Viral Side Dishes to Pair

This popular recipe could undoubtedly stand on its own, but a simple side dish may take it to the moon!

Serve with TikTok green beans, southern baked macaroni and cheese, the internet’s favorite salad recipe, or bold-flavored Caliente corn casserole.

5 from 11 votes

Honey Buttered Fried Chicken (TikTok)


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
TikTok Honey Buttered Fried Chicken, the ULTIMATE Viral Chicken recipe. Crispy, crunchy chicken covered in honey butter sauce is DIVINE!

Ingredients
 

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1" cubes
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup ice cold water
  • vegetable oil enough for frying
  • fresh parsley optiona

Honey Butter

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy
  • 2 tbsp honey

Instructions

  • Add about 2" of oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. 
  • Add chicken, flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and ice water to a large bowl and mix well to evenly coat. 
  • Carefully place chicken pieces into the hot oil and fry for about 8-10 minutes flipping halfway through or until golden brown and crispy on each side. As a reminder, the chicken should be at 165 degrees in the middle. Depending on how hot the oil is, chicken could cook quicker so test tempature if starting to golden.
  • Drain fried chicken on paper towels and keep warm. 
  • In a separate skillet, add butter, white sugar, soy sauce, and honey. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until bubbly.
  • Let bubble for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  • Combine with fried chicken and stir well to evenly coat. 
  • Serve honey buttered fried chicken immediately. 

Video

Notes

Expert Chicken Batter Tip
Tip on the batter: The ice-cold water in the TikTok video had ice in it. So I filled the cup with 1/2 cup of water and then added ice. I tossed it all into the bowl. The mixture should be similar to pudding. Smooth and not lumpy. You might need to add a little more water. 
Where is the Seasoning? 
After watching the viral video you may be asking yourself where the salt, black pepper, cloves garlic, or pepper flakes are. While seasoning is always a personal option and choice you can make while prepping a piece of chicken, the truth is that we believe the original recipe is great on its own. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup

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2 Comments

  1. Literally the best and easiest recipe I have ever tried.
    Pare this with a simple egg fried rice and you got yourself an awesome lunch

  2. Lisa Lang says:

    This is the most delicious way to have chicken. We love this recipe. Making it again tonight.