Honey and Marmalade Garlic Chicken

Chinese fusion comfort food for winter.

This was an experiment that I made on Sunday, for guests.  It turned out well, I am pleased to say.  The guests said so, and I did ask for an honest appraisal.  I thought it was a little sweeter than I would prefer, however, so in the recipe below I have reduced the amount of honey and marmalade from what I actually used.   It could have done with more chilli, but I had a guest who is not fond of hot food.  Add more if you like!  Unfortunately in the excitement I forgot to take a photograph.


  • 4-6  boneless, skinless chicken thigh fillets cut into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • a squirt of lemon juice
  • a splash of peanut oil
  • a splash of sesame oil
  • lots of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 cup sliced shallots or an onion sliced into segments
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and chopped
  • a thumb of ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup  Marmalade
  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • a good pinch of five-spice
  • 1 heaped tsp cornflour in 2 Tbsp water
  1. Sprinkle the Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice on the chicken, cover and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes
  2.  Heat the oil to smoking in a wok
  3. Brown the chicken for a few minutes
  4. Add the onion/shallots and stir-fry for a few minutes more
  5. add the garlic and cook until it begins to brown slightly,
  6. add the remaining ingredients except the cornflour/water and turn down the heat as low as it will go
  7. simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently
  8. turn up the heat and stir in the cornflour slurry. As soon as the sauce is thickened, turn down the heat again

Serve sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds, a few grinds of black pepper, a handful of chopped chives or spring onions and a julienned carrot, accompanied by steamed green beans, celery and baby corn spears, and jasmine rice.  (or Moh’s Saffron Nasi Minyak)


About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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2 Responses to Honey and Marmalade Garlic Chicken

  1. Alan says:

    This was definitely not that bad. I thought it needed a bit more chilli zing, and less sugar, but Andrew thought it was great.

  2. Pilgrim33 says:

    You must be kidding.
    I just made the worst batch of Lemon Honey chicken in my life.
    Salvageable only by dumping the sauce,washing and drying the thighs and serving with rice and mango.

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