Honey garlic chicken is a classic Chinese takeout dish that’s super tasty and easy to make at home! The star of this dish is the sauce which highlights garlic in a sweet honey sauce that’s also seasoned with salty soy sauce, sour vinegar and some optional spicy heat from chili pepper flakes. The sauce is finished off with some smooth and creamy butter and I like to add a vegetable to the mix, such as snap peas, broccoli, bell peppers, etc. There is usually a meat such as chicken, shrimp, beef, pork and it can either be coated and fried until crispy or simply sauteed for a lighter version. This honey garlic chicken takes lees time to make than it takes to steam rice which makes for a complete meal!
Honey Garlic Chicken
Crispy pieces of chicken in a sweet and tasty honey garlic sauce!
- 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 2 tablespoons oil (peanut or vegetable)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
- 1/3 cup chicken broth (or water)
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
- Mix the chicken into the egg until fully coated before mixing in the corn starch until just evenly coated.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the chicken, separate, and cook until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side.
- Meanwhile, mix the honey, garlic, broth, vinegar, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch.
- Add the sauce mixture to the pan, bring it to a boil and simmer until it thickens a bit, about a minute.
- Add the butter and let it melt into the sauce before enjoying!
Option: Omit the egg and cornstarch coating and cook the chicken in 1 tablespoon of oil for a lighter version!
Option: Add a vegetable such as snap peas, sugar peas, bell pepper, broccoli, etc.
Option: Add 1 teaspoon sesame oil.
Option: Add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds.
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