Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry is a quick and easy dinner, filled with crunchy veggies and tender chicken. This recipe adds a little kick of flavor and its perfect for busy weeknights.
The number of different spices and sauces you can put with chicken make it so versatile and delicious. Other recipes like Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry, Instant Pot Orange Chicken, and Bourbon Chicken always turn out delicious too.
Easy Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry is made with diced chicken, multiple vegetables and a super appetizing honey garlic sauce. The garlic and honey make this dish sweet and savory, with the sauce coating all the veggies and meat. Delicious served over rice or noodles, so the starch can soak in all the delicious sauce.
I love the simplicity of stir-fries, made with very easy to find ingredients like chicken, vegetables, honey, and a few spices then boom you have the perfect dinner meal. This is an amazing healthy alternative to most dinner dishes, especially since it is homemade and you can control the quality of the ingredients used.
How do you make chicken stir fry?
- First, decide what you will serve it with. It can definitely be served on its own, but since the sauce is so good, we recommend serving it over rice or noodles. You can use leftover rice or you can make your own.
- To cook the rice, start off by boiling some rice and water in a pan over high heat. Add the rice and bring the heat down to medium-low and cover and simmer the rice until it is done. It will take about 20 to 25 minutes for the liquid to be absorbed.
- Take soy sauce, brown sugar, and corn starch and stir it in a small bowl until the consistency is smooth. Then, mix some ginger, garlic, and red pepper into sauce. Coat chicken so that it can marinate in the refrigerator for fifteen minutes.
- Use one tablespoon of sesame oil and place it in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir water chestnuts, broccoli, bell peppers, onions, and carrots until it’s tender for about five minutes. Then remove vegetables from the skillet and keep it warm.
- Take it out of the marinade and heat one tablespoon of sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir and cook the chicken until it is slightly pink inside (it will take a couple minutes per side) then put the vegetables into the same skillet as the chicken. Put the heat to boil then cook and stir it until it is no longer pink in the middle and the vegetables are cooked as well. It should take about five to seven minutes. Serve this dish with rice and voila.
What kind of sauce do you put in a stir fry?
The homemade Honey Garlic Stir-Fry Sauce is definitely our favorite and we use it in so many other dishes. It is absolutely delicious with some flank steak, cooked Mongolian style.
You can also customize the sauce, for example, skip the honey and add some brown sugar. Or replace the honey with maple syrup if you have allergies. Add more pepper flakes or even some chili paste for a spicier kick.
Honey Garlic Sauce ingredients:
- Soy sauce
- Chicken Broth
- Minced Garlic
- Minced Ginger
- Pepper flakes
- Rice vinegar
- Sesame oil
Stir fry variations:
- Rather than using chicken replace it with shrimp or pork instead.
- You can use any vegetables, personally, I like using green beans, snap peas, broccoli, mushrooms, and asparagus or anything else.
- If you don’t want it to be spicy don’t add in any pepper flakes. But if you want to make it a little spicier add some extra chili or hot sauce.
How to freeze chicken stir fry:
This meal makes great leftovers. You can totally use it for next day lunches. But, you can also easily freeze it. All you need to do is transfer it to a Ziplock bag or a freezable container and place it in the freezer. It’s great because it lasts up to six weeks in the freezer rather than four days in the refrigerator.
How to reheat Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry:
Personally, I find that the best way to reheat this is by putting it in a pan and searing it until it is warm or until you can see steam coming off of the food.
Or you can put leftovers into a medium-sized bowl. Place it in the microwave for three to four minutes. Take it out of the microwave and enjoy!
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Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into 1 inch cubes)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or canola oil)
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper (cut into cubes or sticks)
- 1 medium red bell pepper (cut into cubes or sticks)
- 8 ounces baby Bella mushrooms (cleaned, stem removed and sliced)
Honey Garlic Stir-Fry Sauce:
- 1/3 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
- 1/3 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
- 5 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more)
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup honey (or more)
- Chopped green onion
- Sesame seeds
- Add all the ingredients listed under "Honey Garlic Stir-Fry Sauce" in a medium bowl, whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Place a large cast iron skillet or stir-fry wok over medium-high heat and once hot add the oil. Wait for the oil to heat up.
- Next, add the chopped broccoli florets, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Stir and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the veggies are tender. Remove from pan to a plate.
- Season chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Add the cubed chicken to the same pan. Stir and cook for about 7 minutes (about 3 minutes on each side) or until the chicken is golden-brown and cooked through.
- Once the chicken has been cooked, add back the veggies. Give the sauce a stir and add it to the pan.
- Stir and cook everything for another 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens and the chicken and veggies are well coated in it.
- Tip: if the sauce is too thin, mix in a bowl 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water until fully dissolved and add the mixture to the pan. Cook for a few minutes. Repeat if needed.
- Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
- Serve over rice or noodles.