Sweet & Sticky Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Strips

Sweet and sticky honey soy sauce chicken tenders recipe on @whiteonrice

Funny how scary fish sauce can be to some folks. That’s why some of you were a little cautious about trying our recent sticky fish sauce chicken wings recipe. It’s certainly an ingredient that needs to be slowly introduced. Fish sauce is stinky, yes, there’s no doubt about that. But the umami flavors are pretty amazing.

Because we want to slowly introduce some of you to the joy of cooking with fish sauce, we’ve adapted our last recipe with soy sauce. The technique is the same and instead of fish sauce, we’ve added soy sauce. BUT, if you’re a lover of fish sauce, then use that instead!

Sweet and sticky honey soy sauce chicken tenders recipe on @whiteonrice

This recipe is perfect for game day and for anyone who loves chicken wings, but want more chicken without fighting through the bones. These aren’t just any ordinary chicken strips. They’re sweet and sticky with a nice baked crust. For anyone who loves chicken strips, these are amped up an extra level with a sweet and sticky sauce. Just like the fish sauce chicken wings, make sure you have extra handy-wipes ready.

And of course, don’t forget the beer. These sweet and sticky honey soy sauce chicken strips are screaming to be washed down with beer. Or a cocktail. Or a fruit juice for the kiddies.

Have a great weekend everyone,

diane and todd

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Sweet and Sticky Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Strips

Yield: Serves 3-4

Total Time: 45 Minutes

Baked chicken tenders adapted from Best Recipe Box. Sauce adapted from our sticky fish sauce chicken wings.


For the chicken strips:

  • 2 pounds (910g) boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken tenderloins
  • 1 cup (240ml) panko bread crumbs (or regular bread crumbs)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (100g) all-purpose flour, or more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste

For the sweet and sticky honey soy sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) ketchup
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) honey
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) soy sauce (or fish sauce cause it tastes better! Fish sauce will be saltier, stat with 2-3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) chili garlic sauce or any hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) rice vinegar


  1. Pre heat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare 1-2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  2. If using chicken breasts, cut into thin strips. The thicker they are, the longer they take to cook. Make sure the strips are consistently sized so that you get even baking.
  3. In a bowl, add panko or bread crumbs. In another bowl, beat the eggs. In medium bowl combine flour, salt and black pepper.
  4. Dredge each strip of chicken in flour, then egg, then Panko or bread crumbs. Lay coated chicken strips on sheet pan. Repeat for all chicken strips.
  5. Bake chicken strips in oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and crisp. Remember to turn the chicken strips about 1/2 way through cooking.
  6. While the chicken is baking, make the sauce. In bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients: ketchup, honey, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, fresh lime juice and rice vinegar.
  7. When chicken is finished baking, set aside.
  8. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of the chicken strips and half of the sauce. Toss to coat and cook for about 30 seconds on each side or until the chicken strips soak up the sauce on both sides and become sticky. Repeat with remainder of sauce and chicken strips. (Cooking Tip: Don't let the pan get too hot because if the pan becomes too hot, it dries up the sauce and becomes too sticky.) 
  9. Note: If you want the chicken strips extra crispy, fry the chicken strips instead of baking them and then toss them in the skillet with the sauce. The crunchy fried texture is delicious!
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Damien

    Excellent recipe, my daughter doesn’t eat ketchup, lol, so I went with sweet and sour sauce mixed with everything else, still great.
    By any chance would you know the nutrition facts on this wonderful dish?

  2. Juana Stockham

    Did these tonight for dinner and my family loved them. Didn’t use the fish sauce, did the soy and they were a hit. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Jim

    Great recipe!!! Thank you for coming up with it. Plenty of flavor!! I used chicken tenders and fried them in a large skillet in about a quarter inch of olive oil.

  4. Charlie

    I LOVE this recipe! I’ve already made it twice – thank you so much! – Charlie


  5. Amber S

    Awesome recipe!!! I seem to never find the right fried chicken tender directions but this turned out perfect. I skipped the baking and friend them instead- I love crunchies!! and I also skipped out on the vinegar in the sauce because I’m not very fond of it. Thanks for the great lunch! 🙂

  6. Cody

    What a delicious recipe! The chicken tenders were super crispy (we fried them) and the sauce was so yummy! I’m going to have to try it with fish sauce next time, but the soy sauce worked great too. Enjoy.

  7. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

    So.. funny story about fish sauce. My husband and I had borrowed some from a friend and as we were in the car we realized that the bottle was not all the way closed and it got all over the back floor of his truck. It smelt absolutely horrible, all we could do was laugh and then stick out heads out the window. The only way to get the smell out was a professional car cleaning service. YUCK!

    Even though it smells horrible it adds so much flavor to a dish. Can’t wait to make this strips, perfect for the superbowl!

    1. Todd & Diane

      Hi Krista- thanks for the great story. In fact, the same thing happened to a Chef-friend and he couldn’t get the smell out of the car so he ended up selling the car! 🙂

  8. Tori@Gringalicious.com

    These look fabulous! Perfect for the Super Bowl!

  9. Lissa @ The Flourishing Baker

    Wow, these look so good! I too have always been a snubber of the fish sauce, but I realize it’s used quite often especially in Thai cuisine which I absolutely love. I think it’s time to get over it and give it a try!

  10. Jen

    I tried the sticky fish sauce wings and they were amazing!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe as well!!

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