Kid’s Favorite Low-FODMAP Crispy Sticky Honey Chicken; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

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I had a craving.  For a Chinese meal that would bring me back to the past.

Extra crispy.



Candy tasting chicken.

With a honey inspired sauce.

Can this really be low-FODMAP?


FODMAP fact: 1 teaspoon of honey is one low-FODMAP serving

Note: If high fat foods trigger your IBS symptoms, please test this recipe for your personal tolerance

It’s a labor of love to double fry this chicken, but once you’re done, and enjoying it’s crispy goodness in the sticky, sweet sauce you will understand why.  This is a recipe for the kid in all of us.

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Rachel Pauls, MD

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the low-fodmap IBS solution

Although this recipe has not been lab tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients *using available FODMAP data at time of posting.  However, fat may be a gut trigger, avoid high fat foods if it flares your IBS.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 30 min plus 30 min marinating

Cook time: 45 min

Total time: 1 H 15 min (plus 30 min marinating)

Equipment: mixing bowls, cooking thermometer, wire rack, spatter guard, large deep pot for frying

Modified from:


For low-FODMAP Chicken and Crispy Batter:

  • 16 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch chunks
    • I suggest chicken thighs so they stay tender, I don’t recommend double frying chicken breasts
    • Using kitchen shears makes cutting chicken so much easier!
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (I use low-sodium, gluten-free if necessary)
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 cup plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch; divided
  • 1/4 cup low-FODMAP, gluten-free, all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup club soda or soda water, chilled
  • Your preferred oil for deep frying (about 2 cups)
    • You will need an oil with a high smoke point, such as canola or peanut oil.  Olive oil is not recommended

For low-FODMAP Honey Sauce:

Note: This sauce is very sweet.  If you like it less sweet, then add up to 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.  For a little kick, add a bit of hot sauce!

  • 4 teaspoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon is one low-FODMAP serving (avoid clover honey)
  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (I use low-sodium, gluten-free if necessary)
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese cooking wine

For Garnish and Serving

  • Rice or rice noodles, prepared
  • Green scallion tips (avoid the bulbs)


  • Place low-FODMAP flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl and place in the fridge to chill (chilled batter fries better)
  • In a second medium sized bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 2 teaspoons Chinese cooking wine for the marinade
  • Toss the chicken pieces in this mixture, then place the bowl in your fridge for 30 minutes, turning pieces after 15 minutes to coat
  • Prep a shallow bowl or plate with 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • Remove your flour bowl from the fridge. Add remaining (second) 1/2 cup of cornstarch, then mix in the club soda a little at a time until the batter is thin enough to coat the chicken, but not watery (you may not need all the club soda, but save it for later)
  • Place a large pot or saucepan on your stovetop with about 2 inches of oil
  • Heat oil to 350F over medium high, you may want to use a thermometer
  • Have a spatter guard or lid available, and set up a wire rack to lay your cooked chicken pieces, over a paper towel or tray
  • Once oil is heated, begin prepping your chicken pieces
  • Remove chicken from marinade and discard it.  Dredge chicken pieces lightly in the first cornstarch mixture, then dip in the batter mixture and place in the heated oil. You may want to work in batches since the oil will cool down with added pieces.  You will double fry all the chicken by the end of the cooking
  • Cook for about 3 minutes until light golden and crispy
  • Place on rack, repeat with remaining chicken.  Thin your batter as needed with any remaining club soda
  • Allow chicken to cool before you fry again (about 15 minutes)
  • While this is cooling, you can prepare your sauce
  • Place low-FODMAP Honey Sauce ingredients in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat (big enough for your chicken pieces)
  • Bring to simmer, then leave to simmer for 3 minutes, adjusting heat as necessary. It should thicken but still be thin enough to pour easily
  • Set aside to stay warm off the hot burner
  • Increase heat under oil and bring temperature of oil to 390F
  • Add in about half the already fried chicken
  • Cook for 90 seconds until it changes from pale golden to very golden (but not too dark so it stays moist inside)
  • When done, transfer to rack and repeat with remaining chicken
  • When all the chicken is fully crisped, place into the pan with your honey sauce and toss lightly to coat
  • Serve over rice or rice noodles, garnished with green scallion tips

Comments Rating 3 (2 reviews)

6 Responses

    1. Sorry but we have not tried it in an air fryer, we cannot advise if it would work. Thank you for asking!

  1. Crispy sticky honey chicken

    I would love to eat this recipe, but it is NOT safe for IBS folk. We cannot eat deep fried food without suffering an IBS attack. Yes, it may be low fodmap, but deep frying is not safe. I think you should have a lot of caveats throughout this recipe.

    1. Hi Joan,
      Fat is an IBS trigger for some, but not all people. There is approximately 20g of fat in one serving of this chicken. That is similar to a medium home-cut fries from several fast food chains or 1 piece of cheesecake (we have a lactose-free, low-FODMAP version on our site).
      Thanks for your comments.
      We have added a line about fat in the recipe notes for others.

  2. Delicious

    We loved this chicken! I have a deep fryer so it was easy to fry but a little cumbersome to do twice. My son has IBS but also very hard to gain weight so foods like this help. Thank you Rachel !

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