Gluten Free Chinese Honey Chicken

This healthier & better-than-takeout recipe for Chinese Honey Chicken is easy to make at home in only 30 minutes, and it’s gluten free!

A lot of inspiration for new recipe creation comes from suggestions by friends or family members. “Oh hey, I really love this dish, but can you make it healthier?” or “I’ve been looking for a good recipe for this or that.”

Today I introduce Gluten Free Chinese Honey Chicken! It’s very lightly pan fried in olive oil, instead of deep fried and lightly battered in cornstarch, making it a healthier, lighter, and of course, gluten-free version of the Chinese Honey Chicken you’ll get from your local takeout!


  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp Gluten-Free Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg (whisked)
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (sliced into cubes)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red chili pepper (de-seeded & sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp green onions (diced)


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the honey, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil and red pepper flakes together, set the bowl aside.
  2. Combine the cornstarch and brown sugar in a shallow bowl or on a rimmed plate.
  3. Place the whisked egg in a separate shallow bowl.
  4. Add the chicken to the egg, then coat it in the cornstarch mixture.
  5. Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the chili pepper and garlic.
  7. Saute 1-2 minutes, then add the coated chicken.
  8. Cook the chicken until slightly brown on all sides.
  9. Pour the honey sauce over the chicken, sauté 2-3 minutes.
  10. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet and simmer for 6-8 minutes.
  11. Top with the diced green onions and serve.