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Chinese Chicken with Garlic Sauce

Chinese Chicken with Garlic Sauce – This fantastically easy recipe comes together quickly, especially when you prep the ingredients ahead. Serve garlic chicken with rice as a fast and flavorful weeknight meal!

Top view bowl of Chinese garlic chicken with bell peppers with scoop of white rice.

Chinese Chicken and Garlic Sauce

By now I’m sure you are well aware that quick and easy dinners definitely do not have to be boring. In fact, some of my favorite meals are ready in under 30 minutes.

However, for a truly amazing dinner, there is no denying that marinating the protein for 30+ minutes really kicks up the flavor of the entire dish… While this does add a bit more time to prep, there is no actual extra effort needed.

Case in point: This easy Chinese Garlic Chicken recipe is great for any night of the week. It features tender chunks of chicken breasts (or thighs) marinated in a fabulous stir fry sauce, then quickly cooked in one pan with chopped fresh bell peppers.

For maximum tastiness, the chicken sits cozy in the stir fry sauce for at least 30 minutes, but ideally up to 8 hours. So you can even prep it in the morning before work, let it marinate all day, and stir fry it up in minutes for dinner. Then sprinkle on sliced scallions and sesame seeds, pair with rice, and enjoy!

Top view two bowls of chicken with garlic sauce and veggies, each with scoop of white rice.

Ingredients You Need

  • Boneless chicken breastsor thighs
  • Garlic clovesminced
  • Dark soy sauceor coconut aminos
  • Honeyor agave
  • Cornstarchto thicken the sauce
  • Bell peppersany color
  • Scallionschopped
  • Sesame oilbest for flavor, but neutral-flavored high heat oil will work as well
  • Sesame seedsto garnish
Hand with chopsticks grabbing piece of chicken from the bowl.

How to Make Chinese-Style Chicken and Garlic Sauce

First, chop the chicken into 1-inch chunks. Place the chicken pieces in a large zip bag. Pour in the minced garlic, soy sauce, honey, and cornstarch.

How to marinate garlic chicken: Ziploc plastic bag with ingredients inside.

Zip the bag and shake to coat. Then refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes, but up to 8 hours.

Top view plastic ziploc bag with marinating chicken pieces.

When ready to cook, place a large saute pan (or wok) over medium-high heat. Chop the bell peppers into 1-inch pieces. Chop the scallions.

Cutting board with chopped red and green bell peppers, plus sliced scallions.

Next, add the sesame oil to the pan. Once hot, add the bell peppers. Sear for 2-3 minutes, stirring only a couple of times.

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Large black skillet with chopped red and green bell peppers.

Add in the chicken and marinade. Stir and sauté for 8-10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens.

Pro Tip: If the sauce thickens too much, add a couple of tablespoons of water to thin it out.

Cooked marinated chicken pieces with red and green bell peppers in a large skillet.

Taste, then season with salt if needed.

Top view finished skillet of cooked chicken and peppers, topped with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.

Sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve warm and enjoy!

Top view finished skillet of cooked chicken and peppers, topped with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.

Serving Suggestions

Pair this saucy stir-fried chicken and veggies with a side of fluffy white rice or fried rice. For an even heartier meal consider also serving a side of homemade lo mein.

Enjoy it as a low-carb meal with roasted cauliflower rice.

Bowl of Chinese garlic chicken with peppers and a scoop of white rice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this recipe be made ahead?

Definitely! It’s great for meal prepping; simply chop your veggie ingredients and keep them stored in separate containers in the refrigerator for a few days. Chop and marinate the chicken overnight in the fridge. Then cook per the recipe instructions, and dinner is ready in about 15 minutes!

Alternatively, the entire chicken with garlic sauce can be cooked, cooled, and refrigerated for a complete make-ahead meal.

How do you make gluten-free Chinese chicken with garlic sauce?

Use your favorite GF soy sauce or coconut aminos and this instantly is a gluten-free recipe.

How do you make spicy chicken stir fry with veggies?

You can add a splash or two of your favorite Asian hot sauce, like sriracha. You might like this spicy (Better Than) Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken recipe, too!

What other proteins can be used in this recipe?

The delicious chicken stir fry marinade is fantastic to make beef or pork with garlic sauce! Or make it as a vegan dish by using cubed extra firm tofu.

How long do leftovers last?

Leftover stir-fried chicken and peppers will keep well for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Top view two bowls of chicken with garlic sauce and veggies, each with scoop of white rice.

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Chinese Chicken with Garlic Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Marinade Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes
This easy chicken stir fry recipe includes a delicious marinade, and comes together quickly, especially when you prep the ingredients ahead. Serve garlic chicken with rice as a fast and flavorful weeknight meal!
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Chop the chicken into 1 inch chunks. Place the chicken pieces in a large zip bag. Pour in the minced garlic, soy sauce, honey, and cornstarch. Zip the bag and shake to coat. Then refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes, but up to 8 hours.
  • When ready to cook, place a large saute pan (or wok) over medium-high heat. Chop the bell peppers into 1-inch pieces. Chop the scallions.
  • Add the sesame oil to the pan. Once hot, add the bell peppers. Sear for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the chicken and marinade. Stir and sauté for 8-10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens. (If the sauce thickens too much, add a couple tablespoons of water.) Taste, then season with salt if needed.
  • Sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds. Serve with a side of rice.

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Notes

For a gluten-free version, buy GF soy sauce.
To make ahead: Prep it in the morning before work, let it marinate all day, the stir fry it up in minutes.
Leftovers will keep well for up to 4 days in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 8oz, Calories: 195kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 1171mg, Potassium: 442mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 253IU, Vitamin C: 36mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Author: Sommer Collier

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  3. Chinese food is my favorite!! This meal is so delicious!! It was easy to make & great wit rice or chow mein!

  4. This is one of my favorite easy weeknight meals!

  5. So yummy! Totally agree that marinating the chicken for at least 30 minutes really amps up the flavor.

  6. I love finding ways to make Chinese food at home and this is exactly what I needed! thank you for sharing!