This Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders recipe is a quick, easy and delicious weeknight dinner idea. This recipe is a game-changer for those busy nights when you crave a home-cooked meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Juicy chicken tenders covered in perfectly balanced sweet and savoury sauce, ready in just 30 minutes!

sticky honey garlic chicken tenders with rice and vegetables

WHAT IS HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN

Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders are bite-sized pieces of juicy chicken coated in a crispy layer of cornflour and bathed in a glossy honey garlic sauce. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or as a star dish for parties, these tenders are sure to become a staple in your kitchen!

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED

  • Chicken tenders: The foundation of this dish lies in good-quality chicken tenders or mini chicken breasts. Their tenderness makes for a quick cooking time, ensuring a juicy outcome.
  • Salt, pepper and cornflour: The secret to that perfect crunch is coating the chicken in cornflour. This creates a light, crispy layer that enhances the overall texture.
  • Honey garlic sauce: A blend of honey, water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and fresh ginger (or ground ginger) forms the heart of this dish. Choose high-quality honey for a rich sweetness, and don’t skip the garlic – it’s what gives the dish its signature kick.
sticky honey garlic chicken tenders with rice and vegetables

HOW TO MAKE STICKY HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN TENDERS

Please note: This is just an overview – the full ingredients and directions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1: Prepare the chicken tenders. Start by seasoning the chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Add cornstarch and mix well to coat each tender.

Step 2: Prepare the honey garlic sauce. In a separate bowl, mix the honey, water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger to create the honey garlic sauce.

Step 3: Fry the chicken tenders. Fry the cornflour-coated chicken tenders until they’re golden brown and cooked through.

Step 4: Add sauce and coat. Add honey garlic sauce to the pan. Toss the fried chicken tenders in the honey garlic sauce and simmer for a few minutes until it thickens.

Step 5: Serve and enjoy. Serve on a bed of boiled rice with vegetables of your choice on the side. Garnish with fresh parsley, chilli flakes and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

sticky honey garlic chicken tenders with rice and vegetables

STORING AND FREEZING TIPS

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. For longer storage, consider freezing. Flash-freeze the tenders on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer bag. When you’re ready for a quick and delicious meal, just reheat in the oven for that freshly cooked taste.

TOP TIPS

  • Quality ingredients: Invest in high-quality honey, soy sauce, and fresh garlic. The better the ingredients, the richer the flavour.
  • Even coating: Ensure each chicken tender is evenly coated in cornflour for a consistent crunch.
  • Don’t overcook: Keep an eye on the chicken tenders while frying to achieve that perfect golden brown without overcooking.
  • Thicken the sauce: If your sauce isn’t reaching the desired thickness, give it a bit more time on the heat. It should be very glossy and sticky.
sticky honey garlic chicken tenders with rice and vegetables

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders taste best when served on a bed of perfectly cooked rice, with a side of your favourite veggies. Consider broccoli, carrot, cucumber, or avocado. Garnish with fresh parsley, chilli flakes, and sesame seeds for that extra touch of flavour.

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FAQ

Can I use chicken breasts instead of tenders?

Absolutely! Adjust cooking times accordingly to ensure the chicken breasts are thoroughly cooked.

Can I make the sauce in advance?

Certainly! Prepare the honey garlic sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.

Is ground ginger an acceptable substitute for fresh ginger?

Yes, it is. While fresh ginger adds a more intense flavour, ground ginger spice works well too. Use ¼ teaspoon as a substitute.

Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders

5 from 5 votes
Recipe by Magda | Good Food Discoveries Course: Dinner, LunchCuisine: Chinese, AsianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

3

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

390

kcal
Total time

30

minutes

This Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders recipe is a quick, easy and delicious weeknight dinner idea. Juicy chicken tenders covered in perfectly balanced sweet and savoury sauce, ready in just 30 minutes!

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INGREDIENTS

  • For the chicken tenders:
  • 1 lb 1 (450g) chicken tenders / mini chicken breasts

  • 3 tbsp 3 cornflour (cornstarch)

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • 2 tbsp 2 cooking oil, for frying

  • For the honey garlic sauce:
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 honey

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 water

  • 2 tbsp 2 soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp 1 rice vinegar

  • 4 cloves 4 garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp 1 fresh ginger, grated (or ¼ tsp ground ginger spice)

  • For serving:
  • Fresh parsley, chilli flakes, and/or sesame seeds, for garnish

  • Boiled rice, fresh or steamed vegetables (e.g. broccoli, carrot, cucumber, avocado)

DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare the chicken tenders: Season chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Add cornstarch and mix to coat each chicken tender.
  • Prepare the sauce: In a bowl, mix honey, water, minced garlic, rice vinegar and soy sauce to create the honey garlic sauce. Set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Carefully add the coated chicken tenders and fry until they are golden brown and cooked through on both sides.
  • Remove excess oil if needed. Add the honey garlic sauce mixture to the pan. Cook and stir over medium heat for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. Should appear very glossy and sticky.
  • Toss to coat the tenders evenly with the honey garlic sauce.
  • Serve on a bed of boiled rice with vegetables of your choice on the side. Garnish with fresh parsley, chilli flakes and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • If your sauce isn’t reaching the desired thickness, give it a bit more time on the heat. It should be very glossy and sticky.
  • The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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2 Comments

  1. Carmen Heese says:

    soooo yummy and easy!!