Chicken of the Cece

My wife invented this one to get my oldest away from chicken nuggets. It turns out we like it too. It’s sweet and just a little bit spicy.

3/4 cup honey
1-1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp homemade garlic powder or one clove fresh, finely diced (see this video for easy peeling)
3/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (important note)

1. Cut chicken into thin strips.
2. Measure out spices.

1. Heat honey in large frying pan on medium heat about four minutes or until it turns a carmel brown. See this image.
2. Add ginger, garlic and salt and mix.
3. Add chicken and mix.
4. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until chicken if fully cooked, stirring occasionally.

Kick up the flavor a bit more by adding 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.

Like orange chicken even better? Add the zest of one orange in the last minute or so. Be sure to get just the orange off the orange as the white part underneath is very bitter.

This dish demands your close attention. You need to do the preparation before you start heating the honey as you won’t have time once that begins. Honey can go from fine to burned in a few seconds. Once the chicken is mixed into the pan however, you can breath easier.

You can get a nasty burn from hot honey as it sticks instead of just running off like water. Be careful!

10 Responses to “Chicken of the Cece”

  1. 1 Dianna June 3, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    I made this for dinner last night, served with broccoli and watermelon for dessert. My non-SCD hubby and kids had theirs with rice. This dish was a big hit with everyone. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 2 sandra wilkerson October 8, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I made this tonight. This has promise. We don’t like ginger. I think I will put more garlic and chipotle pepper in it and skip the ginger. Do you think that will work? Can you sugest any other flavors? How much of these should I use? Thanks, Sandra

  3. 3 Paul Stocker October 9, 2008 at 1:47 pm


    Yes, leaving out the ginger and using garlic and chipotle would work fine.

    Other possible flavors:

    -citrus zest (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit) I’d start with a whole fruit’s zest, adding them at the end.

    – smoked paprika – not sure on amount. Start with 1/8 tsp, taste and add as you see fit.

    – mustard – same note as smoked paprika

    – pureed garlic will give you a strong, unique heat – see this video. Start with just one clove.

    – ground corriander – a fresh fruity, citrusy flavor – start with 1/2 tsp.

    – cinnamon – a little is sweet, a lot is hot. Start with 1/8 tsp.

    – garam masala – see my recipe

    – black pepper

    – savory pepper mix – see my recipe or find something similar at the grocery.

    – onions, jalepenos, green pepper, broccoli

    This should get you started.


  4. 4 Melanie March 15, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I just made this the other day for a quick lunch. My SCD son loved it and so did my non-SCD son! It was a huge hit. Not one piece left! Melanie

  5. 5 Paul Stocker March 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm


    Thanks for the feedback. It’s great to hear and my wife was pleased.


  6. 6 rinne April 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    i made this tonight. i love it! thanks for the recipe!

  7. 7 chris marx May 17, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I just made it… I was a little worried because I’m a terrible cook, but it turned out great! I had it with pineapple. 🙂

    Can’t wait to try out the other recipes!

  8. 9 Alisha November 13, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I made this tonight! Tasted delicious! Only mistake I made was using thighs as they are kind of fatty. Will def make again. Thanks for the recipe and this site!

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