Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken

Sweet Chinese honey and garlic chicken – an easy family favorite recipe that’s ready in 30 minutes and better than takeout! 

Better Than Takeout Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken

You know how some movies are one-timers? You see it, you like it, you wouldn’t get the craving for it again but hey, it wasn’t time wasted. Well recipes are like that. Sometimes you try something, like it, but it’s nothing to rave about. And other times it’s all you can rave about for days, to the point where people start getting annoyed with you. That’s the case with this Chinese honey garlic chicken. Totally annoy-your-friends-rave-worthy.

Better Than Takeout Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken

I’m a big fan of Chinese take out, I really am, but can you say ex-pen-sive?? Seriously. And if you’re feeding more than two people it just gets more spendy. That’s one of the reasons I love to create my favorite take out dishes at home. It’s so much cheaper, tastes wayyyyyy better, and 99% of the time it’s a lot healthier. That’s a whole lot of pros and no cons. Worried it will take a lot of time or involve a whole bunch of prep and steps? Banish those worries my friends, this recipe is so easy you won’t believe it.

Better Than Takeout Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken

I’m pretty sure I’ve just hit all of the requirements for a family-favorite recipe: easy, affordable, better than takeout, healthy… oh and it’s super yummy! Obviously. Or I wouldn’t be raving about it. So now that you have no excuses – get cookin’!

Better Than Takeout Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken

What people are saying about this Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken

“Another winner! What I really like about your recipes….. fast..easy…few ingredients…and very good. I have made four of your meals so far and every one of them is a keeper. I love the 30 minute meals.😉” – Joni 

“I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious!! We ended up adding a bit of soy sauce, and that made the flavors stand out even more, so I think next time I’ll add some salt and pepper to the chicken and corn starch. Very good recipe! Thanks for sharing! 🙂” – Emily

Better Than Takeout Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken
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Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken

Sweet Chinese honey and garlic chicken - an easy family favorite recipe that's ready in 30 minutes and better than takeout!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Chicken, garlic, honey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup corn starch

Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (may sub white vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • optional: scallions, sesame seeds, cooked white or brown rice or [url:1]fried rice[/url]

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pan or skillet over medium heat. Chop the chicken into bite sized pieces. Toss the chicken pieces in the corn starch. Cook the coated chicken in the preheated pan 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking, until chicken is cooked through and crisp on the outside.

  2. In a small sauce pan whisk together all sauce ingredients except for corn starch slurry. Bring to a boil. In a small bowl combine cold water and corn starch for the slurry. Add to boiling sauce. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook a couple more minutes until thick.

  3. Add sauce to chicken and stir to coat. Serve with rice and scallions or sesame seeds if desired.

 

Better Than Takeout Chinese Honey Garlic Chicken

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That looks delicious! The greasy sauce laden Chinese take out food is an insult to all Chinese-Americans. Delicious on occasion, but real Chinese food is soo much better!! I’m sure yours taste great, but when you get the chance try some real Chinese food. You’ll never go back!
I love your blog and all the pictures!

When you say two teaspoons of garlic, do you mean minced, chopped? Thanks!

Just made this and it was delicious and very easy. Will definitely make it again. Thanks for the recipe!

This was really good. I steamed a little bit of broccoli and tossed it in with the chicken and sauce and then served over rice. It was just like takeout! Thanks for the recipe!

I’m eating this right now and it’s really good. I added in a steamer pack of green beans when I poured the sauce over the chicken. I used 2 chicken breasts and would’ve had more sauce than I needed without the beans. Thanks for the recipe! I’ll definitely add this to my mealtime arsenal 🙂

I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious!! We ended up adding a bit of soy sauce, and that made the flavors stand out even more, so I think next time I’ll add some salt and pepper to the chicken and corn starch. Very good recipe! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Another winner! What I really like about your recipes….. fast..easy…few ingredients…and very good. I have made four of your meals so far and every one of them is a keeper. I love the 30 minute meals.😉
Thank you so much.

This was so delicious! I added the slightest bit of lemon, 1 tsp of chili garlic paste, and cut green beans – was so tasty, my boyfriend can’t stop raving about it (and is currently eating it!!)

I will these later…hope they will like it.

Delicious!! I added ginger and a bit more soy sauce, seasoned my cornstarch.

    Yum! Way to go- sounds like you nailed it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

I heard if you add a little beer to it that it was better. What do you think?

    Hi Bill- I have never tried doing that so I can’t speak to that. Sorry!

What do I do with the Crushed pineapple after using the pineapple juice ??


Amazing!! This from a rookie male chef. PANDA KITCHEN WILL NEVER SEE ME AGAIN.

    Yesss! Best comment ever. Way to go, Mike!

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