This easy Honey Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry recipe is here to save the busy weekdays! In under 30 minutes you can have a healthy, yet flavor-packed Asian-inspired meal ready and on your dinner table. The whole family will eat it up, thanks to a sticky sweet, slightly spicy sauce, tender chicken thighs, and tons or bright and crisp veggies. Meal prep ahead of time to make dinnertime a breeze!

Chopsticks dig into a bowl of honey garlic chicken stir fry over a bed of rice.

Easy Honey Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

If I only have 30 minutes to prepare a healthy but still delicious dinner that’s loaded with flavor, lean protein, and tons of veggies…

Stir-fry recipes never fail.

This Honey Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry entered my life more recently and it has quickly stolen our hearts! (Check out these Teriyaki Shrimp Stir-FryBeef Stir-Fry, and Thai Basil Chicken recipes next!)

A sweet, kinda’ spicy, and sticky stir-fry sauce coats bites of tender chicken thighs, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, and onion.

Both kids and adults will eat this one up any night of the week! It also is a great recipe to meal prep ahead of time or enjoy as leftovers throughout the week.

Chicken, veggies, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and seasonings are the main ingredients for this dish.

Ingredients

  • Chicken. Boneless skinless chicken thighs are the perfect combination of juicy and flavorful. However, you can opt for boneless skinless chicken breasts if preferred.
  • Vegetables. Because this is a stir-fry, you can pretty much use any veggies you like! This recipe was tested with red bell pepper, carrots, onion, and broccoli, though. However, green beans, snow peas, or other fresh vegetables are delicious, as well.
  • Stir-fry sauce. A simple mix of honey, soy sauce (or Tamari or coconut aminos), minced fresh garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil, Sriracha, and cornstarch make a flavorful homemade sauce for this easy chicken stir fry. 
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How to Make Honey Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry

Please see the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and more detailed instructions.

1. Sauté the Veggies

Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil into a large wok or deep skillet. Over medium-high heat, cook the bell pepper, carrots, onion, and broccoli for 3 to 4 minutes.

They should be brightly colored and just starting to become tender. Carefully remove the veggies from the skillet and set on a plate to the side.

A spatula stirs fresh veggies in a skillet.

2. Cook the Chicken

Reduce the heat to medium and add the last tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Carefully set the chicken pieces into the hot pan in a single layer and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. They should be golden brown.

Be sure the chicken is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165℉.

Chicken is cooked in a skillet.

3. Add the Stir-Fry Sauce and Serve

Whisk together the honey, soy sauce, garlic, rice vinegar, sesame oil, warm water, corn starch, and Sriracha (if using) in a small bowl. Be sure no clumps remain. This is best to do while the chicken is cooking.

Pour the savory sauce over the chicken and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes, until it starts to thicken. Stir the vegetables back in and cook just until they’re heated through.

Serve this honey garlic chicken stir-fry recipe over rice with some sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Chicken and veggies are simmered with a stir fry sauce in a skillet.

FAQs

What are the rules of stir-frying? 

To ensure a tasty stir-fry, be sure to cook the veggies and meat separate and only combine with the stir-fry sauce after everything is cooked through!

How to make sure stir-fry chicken is tender? 

To get crispy on the outside but tender on the inside chicken, cut it into smaller, evenly sized pieces first and cook at a high heat to get that sear.

Recipe Tips

  • Same size. Be sure to cut the chicken and veggies into similarly-sized chunks so they cook at the same rate.
  • Keep it separate. Cook the meat and vegetables at different times.
  • Wait for it. Add the sauce after everything is thoroughly cooked.
  • Make it yours. The sauce can be spicy or mild depending on your personal preferences. Some red pepper flakes add a kick, as well.
Chopsticks are served alongside this honey garlic chicken stir fry and rice.

What to Serve with Honey Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry

When you’re ready to dig into this easy one skillet weeknight meal, be sure to whip up these side dishes.

Stick with regular White Rice, or change it up with Jasmine RiceBasmati Rice, or even Coconut Rice. Go low-carb with Cauliflower Rice.

While it’s a complete meal, the whole family will love these Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce.

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Honey Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry

This easy Honey Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry recipe is here to save the busy weekdays! In under 30 minutes you can have a healthy, yet flavor-packed Asian-inspired meal ready and on your dinner table.
Yield 5 servings
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 2 Tbsp. oil avocado or olive
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 2-inch slices
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and cut into ½-inch slices
  • 1 small white onion thinly sliced
  • ½ head broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 ½ lbs. chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces

Stir-Fry Sauce:

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce or Tamari, regular sodium
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil toasted
  • ½-1 tsp. Sriracha sauce optional
  • 2 Tbsp. water warm
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch

For Serving:

  • White rice optional, cooked
  • Green onions optional, for serving
  • Toasted sesame seeds optional, for serving

Instructions 

  • Sauté the Veggies: Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the bell pepper, carrots, onion and broccoli. (You can test to see if the oil is hot by throwing in a little bit of water) Cook vegetables for 3-4 minutes or until they’re brightly colored and slightly tender. Remove from the wok and set on a plate.
    2 Tbsp. oil, 1 red bell pepper, 2 medium carrots, 1 small white onion, ½ head broccoli
  • Cook the Chicken: Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the wok. Once heated, carefully add the chicken pieces and spread out in a single layer. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
    1 ½ lbs. chicken thighs, 2 Tbsp. oil
  • Add the Sauce and Serve: While the chicken is cooking, whisk together the stir-fry sauce ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Pour it in with the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until thickened. Mix in the vegetables and continue cooking for another minute, or until they’re heated through. Serve over rice with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
    ¼ cup honey, 3 Tbsp. soy sauce, 4 cloves garlic, 2 tsp. rice vinegar, 1 tsp. sesame oil, ½-1 tsp. Sriracha sauce, 2 Tbsp. water, 1 Tbsp. cornstarch, White rice, Green onions, Toasted sesame seeds
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Notes

  • Nutrition information is calculated without rice, green onions, or sesame seeds.
Prep-Ahead Instructions:
Save some time by chopping the veggies and cutting the chicken into small chunks. Just keep everything in the fridge.
Storage Directions:
Keep leftover chicken and veggies in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days. Freeze chicken in an airtight, freezer-safe container. It will keep for up to 3-6 months. For best results, warm leftover chicken back up in a skillet over medium heat. Or you can simply pop it in the microwave.
Recipe Tips:
  • Same size. Be sure to cut the chicken and veggies into similarly-sized chunks so they cook at the same rate.
  • Keep it separate. Cook the meat and vegetables at different times.
  • Wait for it. Add the sauce after everything is thoroughly cooked.
  • Make it yours. The sauce can be spicy or mild depending on your personal preferences. Some red pepper flakes add a kick, as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 326kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.05g, Cholesterol: 129mg, Sodium: 656mg, Potassium: 591mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 5166IU, Vitamin C: 51mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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