Honey Garlic Chicken
Honey garlic chicken is a really simple and delicious chicken dish that can be made any time. It is a perfect late night snack, or a quick weeknight meal that will please the entire family, and can be made in less than 30 minutes.
Simple recipes that don’t break the bank or take up half my evening have become my go-to, and this honey garlic chicken recipe fits right into my normal meal rotation.
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Have you tried my honey garlic chicken recipe? Come on in and let me tell you about it!
Honey Garlic Chicken Ingredients
Chicken breast, 2, diced into bite size pieces
Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
Butter, 2 tablespoons
Garlic, 5 cloves, mined finely
Honey, 3 tablespoons
Apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons
Soy sauce, 1 tablespoon
Ginger paste, 1 teaspoon
Lemongrass paste, 1 teaspoon
Salt, pepper, and chicken seasoning, to taste
Parsley, for garnish
Honey Garlic Chicken Directions
Dice the chicken into bite size pieces, then place in a mixing bowl, and mix with the cornstarch. If you need more, feel free to add some in. You want the chicken evenly coated on all sides. Set that aside. If you don’t have cornstarch, you can use flour instead. I do prefer cornstarch though if I have a choice.
In another mixing bowl, mix together the garlic, honey, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, and lemongrass. Stir until well-combined, then sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
Heat the oil and butter in a pan over medium high heat. Once the butter is melted and starting to sizzle, it is time to add the chicken in. Using a combination of butter and oil will prevent the chicken from searing too much, or burning the outside of it. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, and chicken seasoning to your taste preferences as the chicken is starting to sear.
Cook the chicken until it is a nice golden brown color on all sides and is cooked all the way through.
Add in the sauce to the pan, and watch it start to sizzle. Stir until all of the chicken has been coated in the sauce. Remove the chicken from the pan, but continue cooking the sauce.
I like to continue cooking my sauce without the chicken in it, because I want my sauce concentrated without overcooking the chicken. You don’t have to reduce yours if you choose not to. Just let it heat up and coat the chicken. My preference is letting it reduce by about ¼ from when I put it into the pan, letting it become thick and sticky.
Once the sauce has reduced to your liking, return the chicken to the pan and stir it into the sauce to coat it well and create the glaze. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve!
Nothing to do now but enjoy this honey garlic chicken!
The original recipe that inspired this creation did not call for soy sauce, ginger, or lemongrass. If you don’t have these in your pantry, don’t worry. The recipe can be made without them. I liked the balance of sweet, salty, and acidic with these additions better than I did the original version though.
If you want to add a spicy kick to it, add in a teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
Why I Love This Recipe
I love this recipe because it is so simple. There are plenty of times where dinner happens late, I’m exhausted, Nathan gets home super late from work and we’re pressed for time, and the list goes on of reasons why a simple meal like this is absolutely perfect.
Having a simple yet delicious recipe like this means I can still give my husband an amazing meal without a lot of effort, and I appreciate that.
This is also a meal that can be made with things I have in my pantry and freezer at any given time. I don’t need to make an extra trip to the store for an amazing dinner.
I always find that being able to make things from what I have on hand to be a huge confidence booster, and it makes me really happy. How about you? Are you good at creating recipes with just the things in the freezer and pantry?
Have you made this honey garlic chicken yourself? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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