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I love the ease of making stir-frys for dinner. This Chinese chicken stir-fry recipe is one of those that makes life easier on a busy night. With just a few ingredients and only one pan, it can be on the table in half an hour. Although I try my best to meal plan, it’s always good to have a meal like this up your sleeve for those nights that just don’t go your way!
Since my whole family loves Asian flavors, this is always a popular choice. In my opinion, this recipe beats takeout any night!
To make this super simple stir-fry, you need to slice (or dice) and marinate the chicken first. We’re not talking about hours of marinating here. Just a few minutes in some rice vinegar and spices. You can either use Chinese five spice for the spices or just ground ginger, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Also, rice vinegar is pretty easy to find these days, but apple cider vinegar is just fine if you don’t have any.
Quickly stir-fry the chicken followed by the vegetables. My favorite kind of cabbage to use for this is Napa cabbage. It has softer and thinner leaves and cooks in just a couple of minutes. Again, though, you can use regular green cabbage. The same is true of all the veggies in this recipe. Use whatever you like and have on hand.
Return everything to the pan and drizzle with coconut aminos, honey, and sesame oil, and heat gently until everything is warmed. Are you new to coconut aminos? It is often used as a substitute for soy sauce in recipes. Made from the sap of coconut trees, coconut aminos boasts a number of health benefits and avoids the soy, gluten, wheat, and MSG found in most commercially produced soy sauce.
I like to toast some sesame seeds in a separate skillet while the vegetables are cooking. Toasting them really brings out the flavor and the kids love sprinkling them on top of their bowls. I usually serve this over white rice or cauliflower rice, but it’s tasty on its own too. If you’re going to use rice, just start it cooking first and it’ll be ready when the stir-fry is done.
The slight sweetness of the honey and coconut aminos pairs well with the tang of the apple cider vinegar and the nuttiness of the sesame seeds. It’s got all the flavors of comfort food with the freshness of healthy ingredients!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… stir-fry is my go-to. Whatever the flavors and ingredients used, stir-fry is always quick and easy and makes it simple to incorporate lots of seasonal veggies.
In fact, I bet you’ll find more stir-fry variations in my recipes than almost any other. I’ve put together some pretty crazy combinations trying to use up the ingredients in my fridge, but it usually comes out tasty. Practice makes perfect! And after a while, we’ve settled on our family favorites. (All of which I include in my Wellness Mama Cookbook, of course!)
Here are some of the stir-fry combinations we make most often:
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What meal do you count on for busy nights? Do you have a favorite chicken stir-fry recipe (or other kind of stir-fry)? Please share!
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Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a wife and mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.
I just tried this recipe, I thank you Katie, ive been following you this is the first recipe ive tried of yours.. And my picky autistic little boy has tried cabbage for the first time THanks .
This has so much flavor. I made this on meal prep Sunday, tastes just as good reheated. My husband and 2 year old loved it!
Mmmmm, this looks soo tasty! Easy stir fry recipes are a go-to here in my house, because they are so easy and quick to whip up! I can’t wait to give this one a try – thanks for sharing!! <3
In the pic, I see asparagus and yellow peppers added and no cabbage. Is there a pic for the cabbage recipe here?
The top pic is the basic cabbage recipe. The bottom pic has green beans and peppers as variations. I prefer the basic one in the top picture.
We made this for dinner tonight. Loved it!! I added sesame seed oil but no seeds. Also no viniger or corn starch. Came out really good though.
I stumbled upon your website by searching for a Napa Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe. This recipe turned out to be fabulous. I have been all over your site and am so thrilled to have found you. Thank you.
Super mid week recipe! Easy, quick, healthy and delicious!
I did add chinese 5 spices, and did everything else as prescribed. Will come back to this!
I made this last night – it is delicious!!
This is SO delicious!!! I didn’t have any apple cidar vinegar or sesame seeds, but it was amazing. I also added carrots and orange peppers to it.
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