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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.

Yield: (4 Servings)

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Chicken in Garlic Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Bobby
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” chunks)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • A ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • A ¼ cup of 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)



  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.
  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.
  3. Add broccoli and stir fry for an additional 2 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  4. Add the reserved marinade to the wok or fry pan and cook until thickened.


  1. BeginningCook says:

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

  2. Bobby says:

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

  3. Karen says:

    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.

  4. Eileen says:

    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

  5. Anna says:


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


  6. Bobby says:

    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.

  7. Anna says:


    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!

  8. Kira says:

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

  9. Bobby says:

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

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