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Weekday Dinner Idea: Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry—Inexpensive, Healthy & Easy to Make

Deciding what to have for dinner for the umpteenth time can be a nightmare. You’re sick of your tried and true recipes, you know most takeout’s bad for you (not to mention expensive), and you certainly don’t feel like slaving away for three hours on a fancy new recipe.

Well, take heart because we’ve got the answer — the perfect weekday dinner idea that’s inexpensive, healthy, and super easy to make!

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

You only need a few simple ingredients and some fresh veggies and chicken breast for this recipe. Plus, not only is it delicious, it’s also extremely healthy.

That’s because it’s chock full of veggies (you choose!), and it includes lean protein in the form of chicken. If you want, you can even add some brown rice on the side to make a completely balanced meal of vegetables, healthy fat, lean protein, and whole grains.

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry in a Bowl

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Here’s how to make it!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 3 cups of sliced or chopped vegetables (choose your own) — some ideas:
    • Carrots
    • Broccoli
    • Red, green, yellow, or orange bell peppers
    • Celery
    • Bok choy
    • White onion
    • Canned, sliced water chestnuts, or bamboo shoots, or baby corns
    • Bean sprouts
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed into 1” chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh garlic

For the Sauce:

  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. raw honey
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch

Cooking Instructions

1. Start with 1 tsp. of olive oil in a pan (or wok if you have one) at medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes.

2. Once the oil is heated, add your chosen vegetables and turn to medium-high heat. Cook for approximately 4 to 6 minutes.

3. While veggies are cooking, season your chicken pieces with salt and pepper.

4. Once veggies are tender, remove, cover, and set aside.

5. Wipe out the pan and turn to high heat before adding the rest of your olive oil.

6. Once the oil is heated, add the seasoned chicken in one layer. Cook for about 4 minutes on either side until all the chicken is golden brown and fully cooked.

6. Add your minced garlic and vegetables to the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat to medium-high.

7. While the chicken and veggies are simmering, mix the first sauce ingredients together. Mix the soy sauce and honey together. Mix the cornstarch and chicken or vegetable broth separately.

8. Add the soy sauce and honey to the cooking stir fry and allow to simmer for half a minute.

9. Finally, add the cornstarch and broth and bring everything to a boil. Cook for 1 minute and serve right away.

A great way to serve this delicious dish is with a side of brown rice. You can even keep the leftover stir fry and rice and make an excellent fried rice dish with scrambled eggs the next day! It’s a great and simple recipe that your whole family will enjoy.

 

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