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ABF E-Buzz — September 2016

In This Issue:

Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF Past President and ABF E-Buzz Editor

  Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

   - Albert Camus


Welcome back! It's really hard to imagine that it's mid-September already and that for the most part the year’s honey production is in the barrels and buckets of beekeepers across the northern hemisphere.  One of the biggest factors affecting the honey market is overall availability, and that seems to be almost in a glut situation. Of course the demand for U.S. honey will remain high as people want to buy honey that is produced here in the U.S., and usually in their area, or “local” honey. It appears that the Canadian crop is a large one, and with many producers still sitting on stocks from last year, it is going to be a difficult year for the Canadians. In a recent article by The Hamilton Spectator, Dani Glennie, a 20-year veteran of the Saskatchewan honey industry who has been working with her parents in a beekeeping operation since she was 11 years old, states that the current wholesale price is roughly $1.13 per pound and last year she was getting over $2.00 per pound. There's also a bit of a difference in currency value, which is probably affecting the value even more. Alberta's honey crop was up almost 20% this year over the 2015 numbers. According to the ARS Honey Report from July, North Dakota White honey is selling in the $1.65 price range, which is a significant difference compared to Canadian White Honey, but the cost of production is likely higher in the U.S. than in Canada to some degree. Average production per hive is higher in Canada due to the shorter nectar production season and the daylight hours available for foraging. So there's no doubt that this .65 cent drop the past year in U.S. honey prices is hurting American producers, and I can tell you that the industry is looking into circumvention and transshipment of honey, and adulteration issues, very seriously at the present time. There is much to do in the coming year in regard to protecting our market and finding ways to assure the public that they are getting what they expect when it comes to pure honey.

Last month I spoke of the misinformation being spread on the internet by those calling honey that has been filtered to remove all the debris, including pollen, “fake” honey, which just isn't true. Honey without pollen is still honey. They are two different constituents. The other main assumption that the articles purport is that U.S. honey is “ultra filtered,” which is not the case at all. There are many health benefits attributed to honey, honey-and-cinnamon combinations and honey-and-vinegar that are also somewhat troubling as well. As beekeepers, we have to make sure that we are not pushing honey as a cure-all for everything that ails us. I know and you know that honey has health benefits. Honey and pollen are superfoods, no doubt. There is growing evidence that bee food may be an immune system booster, but so far scientific evidence has not shown this in a way that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is true. I want to address the pollen side of this equation in this article and tell you that I sell a lot of pollen and I consume it regularly. I believe personally that it has helped me with my allergies. I also consume a lot of honey. I never disagree with people who have claims that honey or pollen have helped them in this way or that. But I don't suggest that there is statistical data supporting many of the claims being made in the media.

Twenty years ago I bought a little book at an auction for just a dollar or two entitled “Bee Pollen: Miracle Food,” and its author was Dr. Felix Murat. His premise is that bee pollen is a miracle food because it contains most of the basic elements that the human body needs to function properly and provides more of these individual components than any other food. The book has a pretty accurate analysis of what is actually in most pollen, but one has to understand that pollen varies from species to species as to the levels of individual components, so pollen from dandelion flowers may vary significantly from pollen collected from a locust tree. The original booklet was first published in 1971 with reprinting occurring through 1995, so more information on pollen is available now.  However, much of the book’s information is basically still correct, and one thing I've gleaned from the booklet is that there are two types of pollen. The first group is the pollen that is distributed by the wind: the anemophile pollen. “Anemos” means wind, and of course phile translates from “Philos,” or “friend of,” so the anemophile pollen is “friends of the wind.” This pollen is usually very small, born by the wind and not collected by bees. Anemophile pollen causes allergic reactions, however, so it is important to note that, in general, the pollen causing us issues is not collected by the bees. The other group of pollen, that collected by bees, is called Entomophile pollen. This pollen is a “friends of insects,” and fortunately for bees and many other insects is easy for them to collect because of these pollen’s larger size and availability. Another interesting fact is that honey bees bring back two pellets of pollen, one on each leg, that average about 20 mg of pollen. It takes a bee approximately an hour to collect this amount, and there are almost 4 million pollen grains in this single load carried by a single bee. The numbers are staggering! But the main point is that bees collect almost none of the pollen that causes allergies, so we are not getting an immunizing effect from consuming the bees’ pollen or honey. This leads to the question: are “local” honey and pollen really advantageous in a health perspective?

We like to promote buying U.S. honey or honey produced by a local beekeeper because we know where it comes from and can trust the quality of production standards to insure a reliable product, but from a health perspective can--or should--we make health claims from a local standpoint? My answer has always been “no.” I have never promoted my honey over another product by claiming that it has local pollen that helps combat allergies. My choice is to promote myself and the quality of my honey and the standards under which it is harvested and bottled. That is not saying that pollen, usually present in “raw” honey, is not beneficial, but even that can be questioned considering the amount of pollen actually present in honey. We put “Raw Honey” on our label, as that is what people are looking for today and that is what it is according to definition. So, I'm interested in learning more about pollen, and I hope that in the coming months and years we can continue to study and accumulate more data on just what pollen provides for a human diet. I will be discussing this more in the coming months and would love to have your opinions on this as well.

This month offers quite an extensive E-Buzz format. We have a legislative report from Gene Brandi, our president, talking about the mosquito spraying that is causing so many issues for honey bees. We all need to be up on this in full information mode so that when local authorities begin their treatments we can provide an informed response on how to protect the population against the Zika virus and also protect our bees. Gene and I have been working very closely with EPA over the past several years, as have many other ABF members, to keep our voice heard in DC. I will be attending the upcoming EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee with Steve Coy, and I am sure this will be a major topic. 

We have another update on our Honey Queen’s and Honey Princess’s activities around the country and how they are marketing honey and promoting it on a daily basis for you and everyone who sells honey. These young ladies do a great job during their terms to represent all of us. There's another great article from Sarah Red-Laird, our Kids and Bees program director, who is putting together a resource pack that will be available on-line to help you with your programs for kids. She's provided a great list of information sources all for your ease of access. We have a great recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken that I can attest is absolutely wonderful, a bunch of new buzzmakers for your information database on bees and another clue to the “Bee Thinking” riddle, which no one guessed correctly last month. There were a few who came very close, but no one provided an exact answer. So I hope you enjoy your time spent with this September issue of E-Buzz. If there's anything you would like to respond to or have published in the E-Buzz, please email me at tuckerb@hit.net. Till October, I hope you have a good start to your fall season and that you are making all the preparations for a great year coming in 2017.


Government Relations Buzz

by Gene Brandi, ABF President

The recent bee kill incident in South Carolina as a result of pesticide sprays for mosquito control has generated a great deal of concern amongst beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike in recent weeks. While pesticide damage to bees from mosquito sprays has occurred in many areas of the country for decades, this appears to be an example of a situation that could have been avoided or at least minimized if these applications had not occurred during daylight hours. The pesticide, naled (Dibrom), which was reportedly applied in the morning up to two hours after sunrise, is known to be highly toxic to bees, however it has a relatively short residual toxicity. Depending on the rate of active material applied, the residual toxicity can be as little as two hours. This product has been applied to agricultural crops here in California for many years and is generally applied at night in order to avoid bee kills. When applied at night, the impact on bees is minimal unless the product is allowed to drift onto the bee hives themselves, wherein severe bee kills would be expected.

The Environmental Hazards Section on the Dibrom label includes this statement: “To minimize hazard to bees, avoid applying more than two hours after sunrise or two hours before sunset, limiting applications to times when bees are least active.” This statement is problematic on more than one level. First of all, bees will generally fly from sunup to sundown (however they will often fly prior to sunrise and after sundown if the weather is warm enough) so applications two hours prior to sunset or two hours after sunrise will very likely kill bees and other living organisms in the area. In addition, this advisory language is not enforceable so applicators are not required to follow this advice. 

Additional Dibrom label language: “Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops or weeds while bees are visiting the treatment area, except when applications are made to prevent or control a threat to public and/or animal health determined by a state, tribal or local health or vector control agency on the basis of documented evidence of disease causing agents in vector mosquitoes or the occurrence of mosquito-borne disease in animal or human populations, or if specifically approved by the state or the tribe during a natural disaster recovery effort.” This “public health exemption” allows naled (Dibrom) to be applied to blooming plants and certainly increases the probability that bees and other pollinators will be killed by these pesticide applications if applied during daylight hours.

There have also been reports from Florida of bee colonies being harmed from the application of an insect growth regulator for mosquito control. Apparently this product is being applied directly to ponds and streams where mosquitos may breed, but in many instances these same waters are being used by bee hives as their water source. Beekeepers have reported severe brood losses from these IGR applications. Given that IGR’s have no bee warnings on their labels whatsoever (as they are “nontoxic” to adult bees) this creates another difficult situation threatening bee colonies.

I have been in contact with EPA about the South Carolina incident and mosquito-control issues in general. While it is certainly not my intent to jeopardize public health, it appears to me that it is possible to control mosquitos in a manner that is less harmful to bees and other non-target species. Given that mosquito-control efforts are generally conducted on a local or county level, at this point it appears that if beekeepers are experiencing problems with mosquito-control applications, they should be communicating their concerns about bee safety to their local mosquito-abatement agencies. Urge them not to spray highly-toxic pesticides during the day, especially in areas where blooming plants exist.  

The ABF will continue to communicate our concerns to EPA on this issue. Any additional ideas you may have to help mitigate situations that result in bee kills or bee colony damage from mosquito-control efforts will be greatly appreciated. Please forward your ideas to me via my email: gbrandi@sbcglobal.net.


Bee Educated: ABF's 2016 Webinar Series "Conversation with a Beekeeper" 

New sessions are coming up and newly archived sessions are available!  

Fall to Winter Hive Management

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 
Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University

By following the natural behavior of the honey bee colony, a beekeeper can prepare his colony to better survive winter. All the tips and tricks that help a colony survive the long, cold winter. 

Click here to learn more and register. 

Establishing Varroa Resistance in Your Apiary

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 
Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University

There are two or more varroa-resistant stocks available. This webinar shows you how to establish the genes for resistance within your area so that subsequent queen matings will always be with resistant stock.

Click here to learn more and register. 

Kids and Bees

Resources for Bringing up the Next Generation of Bee Enthusiasts


by Sarah Red-Laird, a.k.a Bee Girl, ABF Kids and Bees Program Director

Honey bees and beekeepers are in a golden age of public awareness. I have seen questions from the general public go from the simple “Why are all the bees dying?” and “Are killer bees going to be here soon?” to very in-depth, knowledgeable questions and the expression of true concern. It’s not like this in every corner of the States, but we are moving at a great pace to impart some real knowledge of the importance of bees beyond just the beekeeping community. 

One way we can help this trend along is by working with kids. Will every student you talk to grow up to be a beekeeper? No. But they are our next generation of scientists, eaters, gardeners, administrators, voters and policy makers. If we can inspire them to care for bees and feel responsible for their welfare at a young age, they will take that forward into their lives, careers and future families.  

I am currently working on an in-depth “resource pack,” which will be available online, with lesson examples, pointers and print-outs for beekeepers working with kids. There is, however, a huge demand for this information immediately. Therefore, I wanted to share a few of my favorite resources in the meantime. Please click on these links below to learn more.


American Beekeeping Federation "E-Buzz" Kids and Bees Column Archive

Sweet Virginia’s “Hive Alive” Curriculum

Edible Schoolyard node 5505   

Vitamin Bee

Phineas and Ferb Waggle Dance 

PBS SciGirls "Bee Haven" Episode 

Pollinator Partnership Bee Smart Kit

Montana Pollinator Education Project

USFWS Pollinator Study 

USFWS Pollinator Program

The Great Sunflower Project 

National Geographic Kids

NASA's Climate Kids: A Bee is More Than a Bug

Today in Louisiana Agriculture "Sweet Knowledge" Video

The Honey Files: A Bee’s Life - A Teaching Guide, Grade Levels 4-6

“Wings of Life” Movie

Have fun looking through this treasure trove of information, and please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions! 

Sarah Red-Laird, Kids and Bees Program Director, sarah@beegirl.org, 541-708-1127   


Be an Early Bird for the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow!

Early Bird registration ends October 31! Don't wait. Register today

The 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will be held January 10-14 at the San Luis Resorts and Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas. This joint conference of The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF), The American Honey Producers Association (AHPA) and the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) promises to be filled with information from industry experts, researchers, specialists and fellow beekeepers. 
Registration is open. We encourage you to register early for the best rate and to secure your place at this informative “meeting of the beekeeping minds.” 

Conference features include: 

  • Top-notch general session presentations all day on Wednesday and Friday

  • Vendor tradeshow with the latest and greatest products and services in the beekeeping industry

  • Keynotes presented by Dr. Jonathan Lundgren and Dr. Jeff Pettis

  • Track sessions on Thursday for Beginning Beekeepers, Serious Sideliners and Commercial Beekeepers

  • Association Business Meetings

  • 15 workshops on Saturday

  • 2017 Honey Show

  • Various silent and live auctions benefiting ABF, AHPA and the American Honey Queen program

  • Optional activities include: 
  • Auxiliary Luncheon/Meeting on Thursday afternoon 

  • Thursday Night Social - Dinner and entertainment at the Moody Gardens Rainforest

  • Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees luncheon on Friday

  • AHPA Annual Banquet on Friday evening

  • ABF/CHC Annual Banquet on Saturday evening with the coronation of the 2017 American Honey Queen and Honey Princess
    Conference Hotels:
    Attendees of the 2017 NABC will have three hotels to choose from:
  • The San Luis Resort & Spa

  • The Hilton Galveston Island Resort

  • The Holiday Inn Resort Galveston

  • All of these hotels offer the following concessions/policies:

  • Complimentary self-parking

  • Complimentary wireless internet in guest rooms

  • Complimentary shuttle service to/from the Galveston Island Convention Center

  • 10% discount on spa services at the San Luis Resort & Spa

  • Group rates will be offered until Monday, December 19, 2016, or until the room block is full.

  • Individual reservations may be canceled 72 hours in advance. Any deposits will be refunded.

  • Check-In time is 4:00 PM

  • Check-Out time is 11:00 AM

  • Guest Room Reservations Warning: It has been brought to our attention that a Housing Company is contacting potential conference attendees and advising that the conference hotel is almost sold out and that they need to make their reservations with them at that time. This is not accurate! No one should or will be calling you to make your hotel reservations. All reservations must be made directly with the hotel via telephone or online link.

    Reservations for all three properties can be made by visiting the conference website at www.nabeekeepingconference.com.

    Register now and take advantage of the early registration rates, which will be honored through October 31, 2016. After October 31, the regular registration rates will be valid through December 16, 2016. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience the one of the largest beekeeping tradeshow, outstanding educational sessions and the chance to network with your fellow beekeepers from all over the world.

    This joint conference is sure to be an exciting and enriching experience, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Please visit the conference website (www.nabeekeepingconference.com) for more information, including the schedule at a glance and additional activities. We look forward to celebrating 2017 and the future of beekeeping with you in Galveston!

    Bee Updated: Latest and Greatest News from the National Honey Board 

    Honey Shines at Flavor Experience 2016

    The National Honey Board (NHB) served as a proud sponsor and participant in Flavor Experience 2016, held in Newport Beach in early August. Flavor Experience is a leading annual foodservice industry conference, highlighting top food and beverage trends and attended by chefs from the nation's leading restaurant chains.

    For the second year, the NHB served as a Pinnacle sponsor, affording the team the opportunity to host a dedicated station at the conference's Tuesday night Premier Sponsor Showcase. There, NHB proved a stand-out for the second year in a row, with its creative and compelling honey-inspired food and beverage offerings.

    The NHB's culinary partner at Flavor Experience 2016, Kathy Casey Food Studios, showcased two hugely popular food items at the Premier Showcase. The first item, a sweet and savory Honey Jar Cake, was layered with bold flavored Seeded Honey, and topped with a housemade farmers cheese. Also creating a stir at the Premier Showcase was the NHB's Smoking Honey Jar, featuring scallop crudo, pickled onions, honey whiskey lemon drizzle, spiralized beets and harissa rice crispies. The jar was “smoked to order” and was the buzz of the evening!

    Honey cocktails created a buzz, alongside the delicious small bites. The honey team, including Master Mixologist Kim Haasarud of Liquid Architecture and NHB CEO Margaret Lombard, served up a Honey Orange Crush Spritzer and a Honey Coconut Colada from beehive-like beverage containers to swarms of thirsty attendees.

    The NHB enjoyed great visibility throughout the multi-day event, staring with its thirst-quenching "Care Bear Arnold Palmers" at registration in support of the Flavor Experience's CORE philanthropy, which supports children and families of restaurant employees. That night, at the opening reception, attendees sampled three delectable honey varietals -- Alfalfa, Orange Blossom and Wildflower -- served alongside a selection of specialty nuts and cheeses. Honey could be found throughout the conference menu, as in the breakfast hit: Savory Honey Corn Cake with Bacon and Pepper Jack Cheese - topped with Honey Basil Tomato Jam, right through the closing event, where the NHB's Honeybee Mai Tai struck the perfect chord among poolside party attendees.

    This year's Flavor Experience was another sweet success, showcasing honey's versatility among a highly receptive and influential audience of food and beverage industry professionals. At the same time, we had the privilege of attending presentations by some of the industry's top thought leaders, sharing their visions for "what's next" in flavor innovation and menu trends. All of this serves to inspire the development of new, on-trend NHB honey recipes.

    Honey Queen Buzz

    by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair









    What a great start to National Honey Month! Above, Queen Kim is on the air with WCCO-TV, CBS Minnesota. During the interview, they sampled some delicious Minnesota honey. 





    Happy National Honey Month!

    September is a fantastic time for American Honey Queen and Princess promotions.  Fairs continue throughout the month and schools are back in session, allowing for a greater diversity in the events in which our representatives participate.

    Kim and Tabitha visited five fairs throughout September in Nebraska, Minnesota, Maryland, California and Washington. Like previous fair stops, their activities included media interviews, cooking with honey presentations, hive demonstrations, selling honey and teaching consumers about the industry. With school back in session, Tabitha and Kim also spoke to many school groups visiting the various fairs on field trips, making the children’s visits even more memorable.

    Honey and honey bee festivals are also popular and exciting events for the Queen and Princess each year. Kim visited the Palo Cedro Honey Bee Festival in California, while Tabitha participated in the Lithopolis HoneyFest in Ohio. Each event includes a wide variety of activities for the queens beyond the actual festival, where they help emcee events, participate in children’s activities and teach the crowds about how to use honey in their diets. To help promote the event, Kim and Tabitha also spoke in area schools, met with 4-H clubs and gave media interviews! 

    Kim also had a week in Iowa to participate in a variety of events to promote National Honey Month! She participated in the Plagman Barn Show, worked at a farmers’ market and spoke in schools. Your National Honey Month promotion can take on a variety of forms, much like this one, so contact me now to discuss 2017 September promotions soon! Contact me at honeyqueen99@hotmail.com or 414.545.5514 with your ideas and events. Happy promoting!

    Princess Tabitha with host Bert Beron at WCTC Talk Radio in Somerset, NJ. She had a great time promoting the beekeeping industry in New Jersey.

    Employment Opportunities with Bee Informed Partnership

    The Bee Informed Partnership (www.beeinformed.org) is seeking additional Technical Transfer Team members to work with commercial beekeepers in the following states: Minnesota (serving beekeepers in MN and ND), Florida (serving beekeepers in FL and GA), Texas (serving beekeepers in TX and ND), and possibly two new teams in the northern Midwest and northeast states. Teams will serve beekeepers in the home states as well as when they move their colonies into almonds in California. The salary range is $40,000-42,000 (based on experience) per year and will include full medical and retirement benefits.

    For Minnesota, the team will be based out of the University of Minnesota. For Florida, the team will be based out of the University of Florida (Gainesville), and for Texas, the team will be situated at Texas A&M. The home institutions for the two northern teams have not been determined yet.

    The positions require at least two years beekeeping experience, preferably in a commercial beekeeping setting. They entail intense fieldwork at times, extensive travel and close interaction with beekeepers and many other members of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) team. These interactions require the applicant to be a good beekeeper, work well in a team environment, listen well, be non-judgmental, communicate effectively with team members, be self-starting, hardworking and sensitive about privacy and security of all data collected. The jobs entail the following: 

    Field Work:

    • Be the primary contact between BIP and the beekeepers for any virus/pest/hygienic sampling and testing and presenting results
    • Accurately, efficiently and confidently, identify, diagnose, record and report biotic and abiotic components of a honey bee hive through inspections and assessments
    • Lift heavy honey supers to sample the broodnest during honey production
    • Collect a wide range of samples from colonies to be tested for but not limited to the following: parasitic mites, Nosema, viruses, pesticides, reproductive potential and hygienic testing
    • Work with and ship hazardous materials such as dry ice, liquid nitrogen, alcohol and live bees
    • Have a clean driving record and be capable of safely operating a vehicle off road in a variety of ground conditions
    • Travel is required, often to somewhat remote areas, occasionally with limited notice. On average, five to eight trips are made each year with time spent away from home at or exceeding 60 days/year.

    Lab and Administrative Work:

    • Work with BIP scientists to develop and conduct applied experiments
    • Manage BIP lab space at the home institution, including purchasing supplies
    • Write a weekly BIP blog
    • Examine manuals to determine the use of new equipment, tools and computer programs
    • Meet at least once a quarter for a formal meeting to present BIP plan/results with BIP team and/or beekeepers
    • Process samples for Nosema and Varroa mite loads
    • Print data and data summaries and keep them organized on a regular basis to keep up-to-date records of each individual beekeeper
    • Record, copy and place in binders: economic baselines, management surveys, records of receipts of purchases such as travel, gas, equipment, etc.
    • Develop and give presentations, posters and other media to communicate project-related goals
    • Keep abreast of and be able to communicate new developments in relevant topics (bee science, management, legislation, etc.)
    • Willingness to adapt at a moment’s notice, enjoy a thrilling, fast-paced atmosphere, and have a passion for bees

    • Those interested should email a current resume and at least two references to Karen Rennich at krennich@umd.edu. Application deadline is September 30, 2016.


    Bee Thinking

    No one guessed our August riddle. There were a few who came very close, but no one provided an exact answer. A new clue has been added this month. Try again! 

    Think you know the answer? The first to email Susan Reu at susanreu@abfnet.org will lay claim to another fun ABF prize.


    What is cold when you find it,
    Red hot when you use it
    And grey when you throw it away?

    It can't be wet in order to work
    If you forget it, you won't either.


    Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

    • A look into the cell: There’s a lot more to honey storage than you thought! Read More.
    • Purdue entomologist awarded USDA grant for neonicotinoid research. Read more.
    • Anti-Zika spray kills millions of honey bees. Read More.
    • Bee Sustainable: Fulton Hive Raises Awareness of Environmental Issues. Read More.
    • The sweet goodness of honey. Read More.
    • In the honey capital of America, bees are adapting, too. Read More.

    ABF Welcomes New Members - August 2016

    • Dian Deimler
    • Jeffery Hall
    • John Miller
    • Kim Mogen
    • Tony Randall
    • Cynthia Speed
    • Joshua Thompson
    • Brian Withrow

    Recipe of the Month: Honey Garlic Sauce Chicken

    You can use boneless breasts or the meat cut from legs and thighs, which is what I like to use because it is so inexpensive compared to the price of the white meat. If you use chicken breasts, cut them in half so they are not over ½ inch thick. If you cut the meat off of the leg and thigh bones, it will usually not be too thick to use as it comes off the bone.

    Jump to the last section of this recipe if you want to bake the chicken instead of frying it. You'll still get great results! 


    2 – 2 ½ lbs chicken cut off of the bone  

    2 cups flour

    ½ cup corn meal

    4 tsp salt

    4 tsp black pepper

    3 Tbsp garlic powder

    1 Tbsp freshly ground nutmeg

    2 tsp ground thyme

    2 tsp ground sage

    2 Tbsp paprika

    1 tsp cayenne pepper

    4 eggs

    8 Tbsp water

    Ingredients for Honey Garlic Sauce:

    2 Tbsp olive oil

    3-4 cloves minced garlic

    1 cup honey

    ¼ cup soy sauce (low-sodium soy sauce is best)

    1 tsp ground black pepper

    For frying:

    Canola oil  


    Combine the flour, corn meal, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, ground nutmeg, thyme, sage, paprika and cayenne pepper.

    Make an egg wash by whisking together the eggs and water.

    Dip the meat in the flour and spice mixture coating lightly. Dip the chicken into the egg and then a final time into the flour and spice mix, pressing the mix into the meat to get good coverage.

    Heat a skillet on the stove with about a half inch of canola oil covering the bottom. You will want to carefully regulate the temperature here so that the chicken does not brown too quickly. The thinness of the breast meat practically guarantees that it will be fully cooked by the time the outside is browned. I find just below medium heat works best for me. I use a burner setting of about 3-4 out of 10 on the dial and fry them gently for about 4 or 5 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy. I also deep fat fry them most of the time, and you can too if you are so inclined. They fry up quickly and once they have been drained and dried, I refry a second time to bring them to a nice golden brown and crisp them just like you would with french fries. 

    To make the Honey Garlic Sauce:

    In a medium saucepan add the 2 Tbsp olive oil and minced garlic. Cook over medium heat to soften the garlic but do not let it brown.

    Add the honey, soy sauce and black pepper.

    Simmer together for 5-10 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Watch this carefully as it simmers because it can foam up over the pot very easily.


    Follow the recipe exactly as for the fried version but while you are preparing the chicken, heat a baking sheet in a 425F degree oven. Preheating the pan does two things: it prevents the chicken from sticking to the pan and it ensures that the heat from the oven starts going directly into the crust on the chicken to make sure it becomes crispy.

    Dip all your chicken pieces and coat as instructed. As you finish individual pieces, lay them out on a lightly floured cutting board while you finish getting them all ready.

    When the pieces are all ready, take the hot pan from the oven and lightly oil the bottom of the baking pan with canola oil or other vegetable oil. Use only enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

    Working as quickly as possible, transfer the chicken pieces to the oiled pan. Do not crowd the pieces together. They should NOT touch each other or they will steam and not get crispy. Leave at least an inch of space between all pieces.

    Lightly spray the tops of the chicken pieces with vegetable oil. I recommend that you have a spray bottle filled with canola oil to use in any oven fried recipe for chicken, including this one. A simple pump bottle will do. Spraying the tops helps them start to get crispy in the hot oven too.

    Maintain the heat at 425 degrees F and place baking sheet in the oven. I use the second lowest rack in my oven.

    Bake for 15 minutes without opening the door! Take the pan out of the oven and flip all of the chicken pieces over.

    Return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes until the chicken pieces brown nicely and become crispy. Again don't open the door; maintaining a hot oven is important for this method.

    Dip the baked pieces in the sauce as usual and serve immediately.

    - Tim Tucker

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