Irresistible Honey Chicken Sauce: Sticky, Sweet, And Perfect For Takeout At Home

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Craving a restaurant-quality stir-fry but short on time? This Honey Chicken recipe is your answer! Packed with flavor and ready in under 30 minutes, this dish is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. The homemade honey sauce is sweet, sticky, and incredibly versatile – you can use it with other proteins and vegetables too!

Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this deliciousness:

Easy Honey Garlic Chicken - Cafe Delites
Easy Honey Garlic Chicken – Cafe Delites

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions (white and green parts)

  • For the Honey Sauce:

    1/4 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp sriracha (or chili garlic sauce, adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger

  • Directions:

    1. Marinate the Chicken: In a large bowl, combine the chicken pieces, cornstarch, and soy sauce. Toss to coat and marinate for at least 15 minutes (or up to 30 minutes for extra tender chicken).

    2. Prepare the Vegetables: While the chicken marinates, wash and chop the bell peppers, broccoli florets, and carrots (if using). Slice the scallions, separating the white and green parts.

    3. Make the Honey Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, sriracha, garlic, and ginger until smooth. Set aside.

    4. Cook the Chicken: Heat the vegetable oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken pieces and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside on a plate.

    5. Stir-Fry the Vegetables: Add the bell peppers, broccoli (and carrots, if using) to the pan. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, or until the vegetables are crisp-tender.

    6. Combine and Thicken the Sauce: Pour the honey sauce into the pan with the vegetables. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens slightly.

    7. Finish the Dish: Return the cooked chicken to the pan with the vegetables and sauce. Toss to coat everything evenly. Add the white parts of the scallions and cook for another minute, until heated through.

    8. Serve Immediately: Garnish with the green parts of the scallions and serve over rice or noodles. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Here’s a general estimate of the nutritional content per serving:

    Calories: 400-500 (depending on the protein and oil used)

  • Protein: 30-40 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 30-40 grams
  • Fat: 15-20 grams

  • Please note: This is just an estimate, and the actual nutritional content will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Conclusion

    This Honey Chicken recipe is a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make and oh-so-satisfying. The homemade honey sauce is the star of the show, offering a delicious balance of sweet, savory, and slightly spicy flavors. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile! Feel free to use different vegetables or protein sources, like shrimp or tofu. With its quick cooking time and adaptability, this recipe will become a go-to in your weeknight dinner repertoire.

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use a different type of sweetener instead of honey?

    Absolutely! You can substitute maple syrup, brown sugar, or agave nectar for honey in a 1:1 ratio. However, the flavor profile might change slightly depending on the sweetener you choose.

    2. How can I make this dish thicker?

    If you prefer a thicker sauce, simply add a teaspoon of cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with a little water) to the sauce while it’s simmering. Stir continuously until the desired consistency is reached.

    3. What vegetables can I substitute in this recipe?

    This recipe is very flexible when it comes to vegetables. Here are some great alternatives to bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots:

    Snow peas

  • Snap peas