Chicken in Garlic Sauce Recipe

Chinese chicken in garlic sauce is a dish that is perfect for those who do not have a deep fryer. All of the cooking can be done in a wok or fry pan. This is nothing more than a basic stir-fry dish. Also, unlike many other Chinese chicken recipes on this website, this recipe uses no breading. The chicken is first placed into a marinade and then fried in the wok with broccoli and sauce. The sauce, which is also the marinade, gets most of its flavor from garlic, soy sauce, and honey. It is a very interesting combination that gives this dish a rather unique flavor for Chinese.  Serve with white rice. Enjoy.

Chicken in Garlic Sauce

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” chunks)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup water
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 head fresh broccoli (cut into florets)

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a bowl combine garlic, soy sauce, water, honey,  1 tablespoon vegetable oil, cornstarch, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well. Stir chicken into the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Step 2: In a large wok or skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of oil over medium high heat. With a slotted spoon remove the chicken from the marinade and add to the wok or fry pan (reserve the marinade). Stir fry chicken for 3 minutes. Add broccoli and stir fry for an addition 2 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
Step 3: Add the reserved marinade to the wok or fry pan and cook until thickened.
Yield: (4 Servings)


15 Responses to “Chicken in Garlic Sauce Recipe”

  1. Erin — June 1, 2011 @ 7:04 am

    I think I love every chinese recipe you post.

  2. BeginningCook — June 2, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    Do you have other suggestions for vegetables? The spouse is not a fan of broccoli, and I’m trying to up our veggie intake.

  3. Bobby — June 3, 2011 @ 5:30 am

    beginningcook – sliced white onion, snow peas, green onions, green bell peppers, sliced carrot.

  4. BeginningCook — June 3, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    Thank you!

  5. Karen — June 5, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    I made this for dinner the other night.I used agave nectar instead of honey(since that is all I had in the house) and added a few extra garlic cloves.I also doubled the sauce as my family of 5 likes extra sauce.This recipe was so good and so fast to make.Will definitely make again.

  6. Eileen — June 8, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Is the honey required.. or is there a substitute for it?? I don’t have any and i don’t really feel like just buying honey since i don’t use it alot.. hehe

  7. Bobby — June 9, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    Eileen- you could try maple syrup or sugar.

  8. Kate — June 21, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    This recipe is great! Tried it for dinner tonight and my family loved it.

  9. fittingbackin — June 28, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    Awesome recipe – made it tonight – loved it!!

  10. megan — August 23, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Made this the other night and we all loved it!

  11. Anna — November 23, 2011 @ 1:26 am


    Planning to make this tomorrow night. Does the red pepper flakes add any spiciness to the marinade? My son doesn’t like spicy foods.


  12. Bobby — November 23, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    Anna- red pepper flakes are spicy. Although 1/4 teaspoon is not that much, if you want to be on the safe side I would leave them out.

  13. Anna — November 24, 2011 @ 12:10 am


    I ended up just using a pinch of red pepper flakes and it wasn’t spicy at all, just flavorful. I ended up using agave nectar instead of honey and used mushrooms and zucchini instead of broccoli. It was very yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Kira — June 18, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    What kind of side items do you feed with a meal like this? I’m not good at putting foods together!

  15. Bobby — June 18, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    Kira- I would recommend serving with items such as white rice, egg rolls, and/or crab rangoons.

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