Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

This honey garlic chicken stir fry features tender chicken breasts and sautéed broccoli tossed in a sweet and tangy asian inspired sauce. A quick and easy one skillet weeknight meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make!

Looking for more Asian-inspired recipes? Then give my beef and broccoli ramen or Mongolian beef a try!

honey garlic chicken in a large skillet with a wooden spoon

Why This Stir Fry Is So Good

I love stir-fry meals because they’re quick and easy. Perfect for a busy weeknight! This is a super easy meal that can be made in under 30 minutes. Everything is made in one pan making for an easy clean up.

They’re also versatile and can be made in many different ways depending on what you have on hand. I made this honey garlic chicken stir fry with lots of broccoli. You can always substitute the broccoli with carrots, bell peppers or cauliflower!

For me the trick to an awesome stir fry is a hot pan. I like to cook the chicken in batches so it stays nice and crispy. I also cook the broccoli over high heat just until it is caramelized on the outside and it still has a nice crunch to it.

After the chicken and broccoli have cooked, I add them back to the pan along with the sauce ingredients. I like to add soy sauce, honey, and water. That’s it!

Ingredients

  • Broccoli: I like using a bag of pre-washed broccoli florets to keep things simple, but you could break apart a crown of broccoli. Stems and flowers, too!
  • Chicken Breasts: Boneless, skinless thighs also work. Just depends on your preference!
  • Garlic: Adds a bit of spice and vibrant flavor to that delicious sauce.
  • Soy Sauce: I recommend using low-sodium t better control the amount of salt in this dish, but use what you’ve got!
  • Honey: Granulated sugar or agave nectar would also work, but honey imparts the best flavor for the sauce, in my opinion.
  • Sesame Oil: A little bit goes a long way and offers a ton of deeply rich, roasted sesame flavor!
  • Cornstarch: This is what makes that luscious sauce so velvety and thick!

chicken and broccoli in skillet topped with sesame seeds

How To Make It

Sauté the Broccoli: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. Add in the broccoli and sauté until tender and caramelized, 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

sautéing broccoli in skillet

Cook the Chicken: Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan. I cook my chicken in two batches to ensure it gets crispy and caramelized on the outside. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.

sautéing chicken and garlic in skillet

Make the Sauce: Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine soy sauce, water, honey and sesame oil. Add the sauce to the pan along with the broccoli.

mixing asian sauce in white bowl

Make the Cornstarch Slurry: In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture into the sauce. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, 1-2 minutes.

tossing chicken and broccoli in asian-style sauce in a skillet

Serve: Season the honey garlic chicken stir fry with salt and pepper and serve immediately with sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.

Storage Instructions

  • Store any cooled leftover honey garlic chicken stir fry in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Great for meal-prepping ahead of a busy week!
  • Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight plastic bag (flat) for up to 2 months.
  • Reheat in a skillet or in the microwave until bubbling and warmed through.

Serving Suggestions

honey garlic chicken stir fry in skillet topped with sesame seeds

Tips and Variations

  • Sauté the chicken so that it gets browned on all sides to create a crust on the outside that seals in all of that delicious juice on the inside.
  • Double or even triple the sauce for this honey garlic chicken stir fry to freeze for later!
  • Change up the protein by swapping shrimp, tofu, or cubed steak.
  • Or keep it vegetarian-friendly by adding more veggies! Asparagus, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, and zucchini (especially zucchini noodles) would be delicious additions.
  • Spice it up by adding some sriracha, chili oil, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper to the sauce.

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Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

4.86 from 28 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry. A quick and easy one skillet weeknight meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil divided
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sesame seeds for garnish if desired

Instructions

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. Add in the broccoli and sauté until tender and caramelized, 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan. I cook my chicken in two batches to ensure it gets crispy and caramelized on the outside. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Meanwhile in a small bowl combine soy sauce, water, honey and sesame oil.
  • Add the sauce to the pan along with the broccoli. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture into the sauce. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 680mg30%
Potassium 615mg18%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 42.9mg52%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken, Chinese, Easy Dinner, Garlic, Honey, Quick Meal, Stir Fry

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  • Joe

    I added every veggie I could find,one chicken breast, and a half lb of spaghetti, and stir fried, a little oyster sauce. Yum thanks for the recipe, it’s great.

  • Leslie

    Do you think it would be ok to use the saute option on my Instapot to make this?

    • Hi Leslie,

      Yes you could use your insta pot to make this recipe. I would use the actual pressurized setting versus sauté to cook everything in a very short amount of time.

      Thanks & Enjoy!

      Kelley

  • Krista G

    This is so good!! I’ll admit I add more to this though. I add a cup of pre-cooked white rice, carrots, white onion, egg, and cabbage! This recipe is unbelievable!

    • Nathan

      Hi Krista

      That sounds really good! Can’t wait to try out your rendition!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

  • Susan Young

    This turned out fabulous!! It was quick and easy and flavourable. I’ll definitely be making this one on a regular basis

    • Nathan

      Hi Susan,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Thank you for the comment!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

  • marilyn malaspino

    I have been on a mission for the perfect stir-fry sauce. I have tried many recipes. Amazing, amazing! This is the perfect stir-fry sauce! Thank you so much!

    • Nathan

      Hi Marilyn,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the stir fry sauce! Thank you so much for trying it out and for commenting!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

  • Dixie

    Absolutley delicious! Added siracha at the end for heat. Will add more broccoli next time. I did double the recipe as well

    • Nathan

      Hi Dixie,

      Thank you so much for trying out the honey garlic chicken! We appreciate your comment! Have a great day!

      Nathan
      @ chefsavvy

    • Nathan

      Hi Kim,

      Absolutely, frozen broccoli works fine in this recipe! Thank you for trying it out and for commenting!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

    • Nathan

      Hi Hannah,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
      thank you for trying it out and for commenting!

      Nathan
      @chefsavvy

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