Honey soy chicken bites are a deliciously sweet and savory chicken that pairs perfectly with white rice. This homemade Chinese food is perfect any night of the week.
These honey garlic chicken bites are prepared in under 30 minutes and with the help of some simple pantry staple ingredients. You're going to love this quick and easy dinner recipe. It pairs perfectly with a side of cooked white rice!
If you love chicken recipes, make sure to check out my Soy Garlic Chicken Wings, Crispy Baked Chicken Quarters, and Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and Potatoes.
Why This Recipe Works
- Simple and easy. We don't need much to make an incredible tasting chicken dinner, and this recipe is super easy to throw together too. Made with just a few steps, you can have a low effort dinner ready in no time.
- It's great for meal prepping. If you have a pan large enough to handle it, you can easily double or even triple this recipe to make larger portions. Note you may need to work in batches, but that's okay because dinner (or lunch) for the week can be ready soon.
- It's pretty healthy. Packed with protein, this low carb dinner option is a great addition to your meal plan and diet. Use a low sodium soy sauce to make it even healthier too.
Chicken- You will need some diced skinless chicken breasts to make the "bites" in this recipe. This means cutting them into 1-1.5 inch cubes so that they are bite sized.
Cornstarch- Tossing the chicken in cornstarch before cooking them will help to give us a crispy texture.
Seasonings- We want our chicken to taste great, and adding paprika and garlic powder to the coating means that the chicken is well flavored before it even hits the pan.
Olive oil- You'll need some olive oil to cook the chicken. This will brown the edges and promote even cooking without sticking to the pan.
Salt and pepper- This is added to taste.
For the Soy Garlic Sauce, you will need:
Butter- You will need a tablespoon of butter to add richness to the sauce.
Garlic- Minced garlic brings us a lot of flavor. You can use jarred minced garlic or fresh minced garlic, depending on what you have on hand.
Honey- Adding honey to the sauce will give us a thick and sweet consistency.
Soy sauce- Use low-sodium soy sauce. This will cut down on the sweetness and give us a nice salty contrast.
Rice vinegar- For added depth of flavor, use some rice vinegar.
Sriracha- Adding in a little Sriracha or chili sauce will bring us a small kick of heat.
Cornstarch slurry- To help thicken the sauce quickly, you'll need a small slurry of cornstarch and water.
For specific quantities, see the recipe card below.
🍽 Equipment Needed
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Check out how to make Honey Soy Chicken Bites with these simple step-by-step instructions:
Add your olive oil to a medium sized skillet and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until sizzling.
While the skillet preheats, add your chicken, garlic powder, paprika, and cornstarch to a large mixing bowl.
Toss well to evenly coat the chicken.
Add the coated chicken to your preheated skillet. If needed, work in batches.
Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until the chicken is golden and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan.
Add the glaze ingredients to the skillet and return to medium heat.
Stir together until the sauce is bubbling.
Add the chicken back to the skillet.
Stir and cook until the chicken is warmed and the sauce has coated the chicken well.
In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water needed for the slurry.
Add the cornstarch slurry to the skillet. Stir well to combine.
Cook until the sauce is thickened. You should be able to slide a wooden spoon along the bottom of the pan without the sauce trying to fill it in.
Serve warm with a side of rice.
If desired, top with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
Honey. I like to use local raw honey as I tend to buy that in bulk from local beekeepers. The flavor is stronger compared to storebought honey but either honey will work fine in this recipe. You can even replace the honey with maple syrup or agave if desired.
Olive oil. If desired, you can swap out the olive oil for avocado oil, grapeseed oil, or toasted sesame oil. I recommend sticking with oil that doesn't have an overwhelming flavor profile.
🍴 Recipe Tips
Chopping the chicken before cooking will help to get it to cook more evenly and quickly. It also helps our seasoned coating to cover more area space and gives us a better texture from our chicken.
Do not overcook the chicken. If you overcook the chicken, it will turn out dry and rubbery.
For a stronger kick of space, add in some red chili flakes.
You can reheat this chicken in single serving portions on a microwave safe plate in 1-2 minutes in the microwave.
🥗 Side Dishes
Serving these chicken bites with cooked white rice is great but brown rice works just as fine too. For a low carb option, consider cauliflower rice.
Adding the cooked chicken over the top of a nice green salad can give you a wonderful depth of flavor, especially if you add fresh bell peppers and pineapple chunks. Yum!
You can store your leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. For the best tasting results, I recommend eating within two days and reheating again before serving.
🥣 Recipe Add-Ins
If desired, you can add in some vegetables. I like to take a bag of frozen stir fry veggies and steam them in the microwave as I cook the chicken, and then when the chicken is finished, I'll just stir the cooked veggies into my honey garlic chicken. This "bulks" up the recipe while giving us some color and healthy veggies.
Made with a base of chicken, hone and soy sauce this chicken recipe is great. We add in simple seasonings and garlic for added flavor too.
This recipe would pair well with just about any vegetable. I love Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli, but glazed carrots or green beans would be great too!
We thicken the sauce with a combination of cornstarch and water. This keeps the recipe gluten free.
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Honey Soy Chicken Bites
- 1 pound Chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes ($1.99)
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch ($0.02)
- ½ teaspoon Paprika ($0.05)
- ½ teaspoon Garlic powder ($0.05)
- 3 Tablespoons Olive oil ($0.39)
- Salt and Black pepper, to taste
Soy Garlic Sauce:
- 1 Tablespoon Butter ($0.10)
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced ($0.20)
- ¼ cup Honey ($0.56)
- ¼ cup Soy sauce ($0.40)
- 1 Tablespoon Rice vinegar ($0.02)
- 1 Tablespoon Sriracha or chili sauce ($0.08)
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch ($0.02)
- 1 Tablespoon Water ($0.00)
- Add your olive oil to a medium sized skillet and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until sizzling.
- While the skillet preheats, add your chicken, garlic powder, paprika, and cornstarch to a large mixing bowl.
- Toss well to evenly coat the chicken.
- Add the coated chicken to your preheated skillet. If needed, work in batches.
- Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until the chicken is golden and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan.
- Add the glaze ingredients to the skillet and return to medium heat.
- Stir together until the sauce is bubbling.
- Add the chicken back to the skillet.
- Stir and cook until the chicken is warmed and the sauce has coated the chicken well.
- In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water needed for the slurry.
- Add the cornstarch slurry to the skillet. Stir well to combine.
- Cook until the sauce is thickened. You should be able to slide a wooden spoon along the bottom of the pan without the sauce trying to fill it in.
- Serve warm with a side of rice.
- If desired, top with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
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