Recipe for Spicy Honey Dipped Fried Chicken

23 Jan

If you can’t get to Uncle Lou’s in Memphis, this is the next best thing …

Chicken and honey is a classic combination that takes on a fiery twist in this recipe for crispy fried chicken dipped in honey and cayenne. This works well for any kind of fried chicken—bone in, boneless, or chicken fingers and nuggets. Short on time? Give deli fried chicken a quick dip and listen to your family rave about your cooking! Serve with cold, creamy cole slaw and buttered biscuits.

Tip:  The heat of hot pepper increases when it is heated up in food, so taste the honey dip to find your desired level of fire-power after heating it.

The Recipe

Spicy Honey Dipped Fried Chicken

  • 3lbs chicken pieces, boneless breasts, or chicken strips
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne, or to taste

How to Make Honey Dipped Fried Chicken

  1. Pour buttermilk over chicken in a ziplock bag and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
  2. Combine the flour, seasoned salt, and pepper in a plastic bag.
  3. Remove chicken from buttermilk and drain off excess.
  4. Shake the chicken one piece at a time in the bag of flour; shake off excess flour and allow the floured chicken to rest on racks for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Heat oil in a deep fryer, or pour to a depth of 1/2-inch in a deep frying pan and heat to 325 F.
  6. When oil is hot, place the chicken skin side down in the pan or fryer and cook for 10-12 minutes per side for bone-in chicken pieces, or until the chicken is cooked through and crispy brown.
  7. While chicken is cooking, combine the honey and cayenne in a small saucepan and heat over low heat until hot and thin in consistency.
  8. When chicken is done, use tongs to lift one piece at a time from the pan, shake gently to drain off excess oil, and dip immediately in the hot honey. Allow excess to drain back into the pan for a moment; place the dipped chicken on cooling racks over a cookie sheet to finish draining.

Serve immediately.

Don’t worry. You’re still the best, Uncle Lou!

5 Responses to “Recipe for Spicy Honey Dipped Fried Chicken”

  1. mc July 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    This recipe isnt even close to the uncle lou’s dipped chicken

    • July 6, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

      Got something closer? Send it along and I will publish.

      Uncle Lou’s is the best — and hard to duplicate.

  2. Mike August 2, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    Thanks for the useless comment MC. Uncle Lou’s is amazing and I was trying to figure out the recipe also. I used hot sauce in the honey with a little bit cayenne. It is close but the honey was too strong. There is something else in there diluting the honey but I can’t figure out what.

    Thanks for posting this,

    • Ken August 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

      This is my take:

      1 part hot sauce( I use Valentina, a Mexican hot sauce)
      1 part red wine vinegar
      add seasoning salt to taste
      Heat till boiling, turn off heat, then add:
      1-1.5 parts honey

      Uncle Lou uses Cajun Chef hot sauce.


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