If you love Chinese takeout, we’re sure chicken with garlic sauce is one of the dishes you regularly see on the menu. It may even make a regular appearance on your receipt! Either way, this well-known dish doesn’t have to be something you can only bring home, thanks to this copycat Chinese takeout recipe. Read on for all of our tips and tricks on making this quick, easy and flavorful meal.

Chinese Chicken with Garlic Sauce Recipe

This recipe from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen serves 4 and takes about 30 minutes to prepare.


2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Hot cooked rice


Step 1: Make the cornstarch mixture

In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch, soy sauce, water and honey until blended.

Step 2: Cook the chicken

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, and cook and stir until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan.

Step 3: Cook the peppers and garlic

In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the sliced red peppers, and cook and stir until crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook and stir for 1 minute longer.

Step 4: Make the garlic sauce

Whisk the cornstarch mixture, and then add it into the pan, stirring as you go. Bring the sauce to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 5: Add the chicken

Add the chicken back to the pan. Stir and heat through.

Step 6: Serve

Take the Chinese chicken with garlic sauce off the stovetop and serve with rice. Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds before digging in.

Tips for Making Chicken with Garlic Sauce

Can you use different cuts of chicken in this recipe?

If you don’t have chicken breast at home, feel free to use chicken thighs to make Chinese chicken with garlic sauce. There are plenty of reasons to buy chicken thighs—one being that they’re super juicy. Just make sure they’re boneless, so you can cut them into strips more easily.

What do you serve with chicken with garlic sauce?

Most chicken with garlic sauce recipes are served with white or jasmine rice, but you can serve it with lo mein if you prefer.

How should you store leftover chicken with garlic sauce?

Keep leftover chicken with garlic sauce in airtight containers in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

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