It’s always good to have a recipe for chicken strips on hand. This lemon honey glazed chicken is a terrific one for anybody who loves honey glazed proteins of any sort. The glaze mixture uses the crowd-pleasing combination of lemon and honey and the chicken strips are covered in seasoned corn starch before cooking to a delicious golden brown.
Long story short, this chicken is crave-worthy. It’s got that sweet and sour combination you are going to love and all the additional benefits that go along with putting honey and lemon together. If you are interested in the health benefits of honey and lemon and you want to know how to prepare a delicious dish of honey lemon glazed fried chicken strips it’s all right here.
Enjoy this simple and straightforward recipe and helpful tips that will serve you not only in preparing this dish but in your preparation of other similar dishes in the future. Grab your cutting board, sharpen your knife and let’s dive right into what makes these exciting chicken strips with honey lemon glaze so darn tasty.
What is Honey and Lemon Good For?
The secret to the amazing taste of these crispy chicken strips is without a doubt the incredible honey lemon glaze. This ancient sweet and sour flavor combination remains one of our best-loved pairings to this day. It’s not just tasty either. The two flavors have long been used together as a home remedy and elixir for everything from weight loss to colds.
Honey lemon is a good combo to consume regularly in a glass of water, as well, or in your favorite recipes. A good honey lemon glaze on your crispy chicken strips is a delightful way to experience these two flavors and their other benefits together.
How to Make Honey Glazed Chicken
The process of making this refined-looking dish is actually very simple. It is a process, though. You will need to prepare the glaze and the chicken separately before combining to make the incredible finished product. The glaze simply starts out as a well-blended mixture of ingredients. In addition to the two key ingredients, you will need other wet ingredients such as rice vinegar and soy sauce. The mixture won’t become a glaze until you reduce it later in the pan.
Before you start cooking the glaze down, prepare your chicken by cutting strips to the desired size and coat them in seasoning and corn starch. Corn starch is the secret to so many Asian-inspired dishes, including orange chicken and Mongolian beef. After you have prepared your chicken, cook it in the pan until it gets that ideal golden brown color you always look for in perfectly prepared food. Once you have that appetizing look, drop butter in the pan and pour the glaze mixture over the chicken. The mixture will cook into a thick glaze. The trick is to continue spooning it over the chicken as it cooks. Tilt the pan slightly to let the liquid collect in one place so that you can easily spoon the pooled glaze over the chicken.
When the chicken is done it is ready to serve. Make sure you prepare a side such as rice to serve it with. These honey lemon glazed chicken strips go well when served over a bed of steamed rice. But you can serve it with a side of mixed green vegetables or even stir fry.
How to Make Chicken Strips
Chicken strips are amazing and very easy to make. If you enjoy many prepared chicken dishes, I recommend preparing the protein in strips. Whether you grill or fry your chicken strips are the most convenient and appetizing way to approach the dish. Chicken strips are highly favored by kids as well.
To cut your chicken into strips, you should begin with a sharpened knife. Dull knives can be dangerous and lead to serious injury. Sharpen your carving knife on a honing rod by holding the rod vertically with the handle facing you. Press the blade against the rod just below the handle with the sharp edge facing the counter. The blade should be touching the rod at a 15-degree angle. Run the blade along the rod several times making sure to sharpen both sides of the blade.
I am using boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe but if you are using chicken that is still on the bone, run your knife along the breastbone and ribs to separate the meat. When you slice the chicken cut against the grain. You can tell which way by looking at the fibers. Slicing with the grain provides little friction which makes it more difficult to cut.
Once you have cut your chicken into strips at your desired thickness, all that is left is to properly coat them before you cook. Chicken strips can be big or little and you can use any kind of breading your chicken recipe calls for. This particular recipe uses cornstarch and other seasonings which coats the chicken and holds the honey lemon glaze really well.
How Long to Fry Chicken Strips
The cook time will vary for your strips depending on how thick you cut your strips. For consistent results, make sure you use the same thickness and quantity of chicken every time and cook over medium-high heat. You want the outside to be golden brown, but you will continue cooking the chicken as you add the glaze. When you are finished, check the internal temperature of the chicken before serving. Fully cooked chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the chicken strips cook for 2-3 minutes before flipping over.
Ingredients to Make Lemon Honey Glazed Chicken
- Chicken breasts
- Corn starch
- Soy sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Vegetable oil
(Actual measurements are in the recipe card below.)
How to Make Lemon Honey Glazed Chicken
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.
- In a small bowl, mix the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and lemon juice. Stir to combine and set aside.
- Cut chicken breasts into strips.
- In a medium bowl, add the cornstarch, pepper, and salt. Toss chicken strips into cornstarch mixture and add coated chicken strips into the skillet.
- Cook chicken over medium high heat until chicken is golden brown on both sides.
- Add butter to pan and melt. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Pour honey glaze mixture into skillet over chicken and cook over medium heat until sauce thickens and chicken is thoroughly cooked.
- As glaze is cooking, be sure to continuously spoon glaze over chicken.
- Serve over steamed rice and enjoy!
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- Orange Teriyaki Chicken
- Crock Pot Spicy Chicken
- Barbecue Dry Rub Lime Chicken
- 3 chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 1 cup corn starch
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 cup honey
- ⅔ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 3 tbsp butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.
In a small bowl, mix the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and lemon juice. Stir to combine and set aside.
Cut chicken breasts into strips.
In a medium bowl, add the cornstarch, pepper and salt. Toss chicken strips into cornstarch mixture and add coated chicken strips into the skillet.
Cook chicken over medium high heat until chicken is golden brown on both sides.
Add butter to pan and melt. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Pour honey glaze mixture into skillet, over chicken, and cook over medium heat until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked through.
As glaze is cooking, be sure to continuously spoon glaze over chicken.
Serve over steamed rice and enjoy!
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