Poultry Essentials: Spicy Honey Chicken Drizzle

Andy Anderson !


I love drizzling fresh clover honey over fried chicken.

I made this honey drizzle for our Derby party. It went perfectly with my homemade Kentucky fried chicken. My only problem was that I needed to make more.

FYI: Once again, I picked the wrong horse :-(

This recipe has all the sweet goodness of honey, along with tart flavor-notes, and a bit of heat.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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5 Min
30 Min
Stove Top



  • 1/2 c
    fresh clover honey
  • 1 Tbsp
    kentucky bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp
    hot sauce, i prefer frank’s
  • 2 tsp
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind

  • 3 - 4
    fresh mint leaves for that “derby” essence

How to Make Poultry Essentials: Spicy Honey Chicken Drizzle


  2. You will need a small saucepan to make this recipe, and a non-reactive jar (glass), with a tight-fitting lid to store it.
  3. Storage of homemade condiments and spices
    Because homemade spices and condiments do not contain any preservatives, it is important to store them properly. Non-reactive (glass) containers with tight-fitting lids are a must. If I am making a dry spice, I love to use old spice bottles that I have run through the dishwasher.

    If I am doing homemade sauces, I love using Weck jars. They are all glass, come in all sizes and shapes, and have excellent leakproof lids. If you shop online, you can go to Amazon, and type in “Weck Jars” and you will find a ton of them.

    Dry spices should be kept in a cool space, away from sunlight (spice cabinet), and sauces, in most cases, should be stored in the fridge.

    If properly stored, this honey drizzle should last 3 - 4 weeks at room temperature, or several months if stored in the fridge.

    If storing in the fridge, always bring up to room temperature before using.
  4. Is Bourbon Gluten Free?
    Yes, pure, distilled bourbon, even if made with wheat, barley, or rye added to the “mash” is considered gluten-free. Most bourbons are safe for people with celiac disease because of the distillation process.
  5. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Add the ingredients to a small saucepan.
  7. Slowly turn up the heat until you barely see a few bubbles.

    Simmer and stir for about 30 minutes. Do not let it scorch. Low-and-slow is the way to go.

    Filter through a mesh strainer to remove the mint leaves (if using) and red pepper flakes, then allow to cool to room temperature before using.
  9. Drizzle over fried chicken, or whatever you wish.

    In this photo I sautéed some spicy shrooms put some pan-fried sliced chicken breast on top, and drizzled it all with the honey sauce. Enjoy.
  10. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Poultry Essentials: Spicy Honey Chicken Drizzle

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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