Copycat P.F. Chang’s Crispy Honey Chicken

Day 7 of my 8 week #PantryChallenge

No eating out, no take-out and no new groceries. Another part of this challenge is to stop food waste in my kitchen. I was supposed to make Baked Bean Burgers today, but had some chicken breasts, cauliflower and leftover Sprite Batter in my fridge that I needed to use before I had to toss it. It’s the last of my fresh cauliflower, which makes me sad, but it was sooo stinking good! Copycat P.F. Chang’s Crispy Honey Chicken (+walnuts), Sweet & Sour Veggies and Loaded Fried Rice is what’s for dinner! 


2 large Chicken Breasts; cubed

1 cup Flour

⅓ cup Cornstarch

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

½ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 ⅓ cups Sprite (or Club Soda)

oil for frying

½ cup Walnuts


½ cup Honey

¼ cup Soy Sauce

¼ teaspoon Ground Ginger

¼ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice

½ teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil

¼ cup Rice Wine

¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar

¼ cup Sugar

2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

¼ cup Water

  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and whisk together the sauce ingredients, minus the water and cornstarch, until the sugar and honey dissolve. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until the chicken is done frying.
  2. Heat a large skillet or dutch oven with 1” of oil over medium heat until the oil reaches 360°F.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the batter in a large bowl and add the chicken. Fry the chicken in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan, until golden brown and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F. Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken from the oil and drain on a paper towel or wire rack.
  4. Whisk together the cornstarch and water, then add the slurry to the saucepan and increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk until the sauce has thickened. Add the chicken to a large bowl and pour in the sauce. Toss to coat and serve garnished with sesame seeds and green onions.
  5. Enjoy!

Looking for a side dish? Try one of these recipes!

Published by ashsinthekitchen

Home cook, gardener and lover of life!

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