This honey garlic chicken stir fry recipe is full of chicken, broccoli and carrots, all coated in the easiest sweet and savory sauce. A healthier dinner option that the whole family will love!

When I’m looking for a quick meal, I turn to Asian style dishes such as chicken and green beans, chicken and asparagus stir fry and this flavorful honey garlic chicken.

A pan of honey garlic chicken stir fry with a spatula in it.

So it seems like stir fries have kind of become my thing. It wasn’t something I set out to do, but my stir fry recipes tend to be some of the most popular recipes on my site, and this honey garlic chicken stir fry is an all time favorite!

Honey garlic chicken ingredients

Bowls of ingredients including chicken, vegetables, garlic and soy sauce.

The base of this stir fry is chicken breast, vegetable oil, salt, pepper, carrots, broccoli and garlic. The sauce is made with chicken broth, soy sauce, honey and cornstarch.

How do you make chicken stir fry?

To make chicken stir fry, you’ll need boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces, broccoli, carrots, soy sauce, honey and garlic. Cook the vegetables in a hot pan, then remove the vegetables and add diced chicken breast and minced garlic. When the chicken is cooked through, add the vegetables back into the skillet. Whisk together chicken broth, soy sauce, honey and cornstarch, then pour over the chicken and vegetables. Simmer for a few minutes then serve and enjoy!

Process shots showing cooked and raw chicken and vegetables.

Tips for the perfect chicken stir fry

  • Cut your vegetables into similar sized pieces so that they’ll cook evenly. I recommend slicing the carrots very thin so that they cook quickly.
  • This recipe is for garlic lovers, with 4 cloves of garlic in the sauce. If you’re not a big garlic fan, you can cut this amount in half with great results.
  • I recommend using low sodium chicken broth to help control the salt content of the dish. You can also use low sodium soy sauce if you prefer. Use a tamari sauce to make this recipe gluten free.
  • Chicken stir fry is great served over rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice or noodles.
Step by step shots showing how to cook chicken and vegetables with stir fry sauce.

Recipe FAQs

Is chicken stir fry good for you?

Chicken stir fry is a great addition to a healthy diet. It contains lean protein and plenty of nutrient packed vegetables. It is also lower in fat and calories.

What kind of sauce do you put in a stir fry?

Most stir fry sauces are made with soy sauce, garlic, and other seasonings such as sesame oil, ginger, rice vinegar, chicken broth or chili sauce. One important component of stir fry sauce is a thickening agent, such as cornstarch. A thicker sauce will cling better to your chicken and vegetables.

How do you cook chicken for stir fry?

The best way to cook chicken for stir fry is to season it with salt and pepper, then sear it in oil in a hot pan until browned and cooked through. Be careful not to overcrowd your pan; if you add too much meat at once, the chicken will steam instead of brown. I typically cook my meat in batches for the best results.

How do you make stir fry taste like a restaurant?

The key to an authentic tasting stir fry is to make sure your pan is very hot, and that you don’t have too much meat or vegetables in the pan at any given time so that you can get a nice sear on everything. It’s also helpful to use a wok if you happen to have one in your kitchen.

A pan of honey garlic chicken stir fry with broccoli and carrots.

Honey garlic chicken variations

This dish is delicious as written, but there are many different ways that you can customize it to your tastes.

  • Protein: Instead of chicken breast, try chicken thighs, shrimp, sliced steak or cubes of tofu.
  • Vegetables: Swap in different veggies such as bok choy, sugar snap peas, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, mushrooms, bell peppers, snow peas, baby corn or zucchini instead of the broccoli and carrots.
  • Flavorings: Feel free to add other flavors to the sauce such as fresh ginger, lime juice, hot sauce and toasted sesame oil.
  • Toppings: Garnish your stir fry with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, green onions, chopped cilantro or crushed red pepper flakes.
A spatula serving a portion of chicken stir fry.

Once you try this chicken stir fry, you’ll find yourself making it on a regular basis!

More stir fry recipes

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry Video

4.74 from 293 votes

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

AuthorSara Welch
A pan of honey garlic chicken stir fry with a spatula in it.
This honey garlic chicken stir fry recipe is chicken and vegetables, cooked to perfection and tossed in a sweet and savory sauce.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil divided use
  • 1 cup thinly sliced peeled carrots
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large pan over medium heat. 
  • Add the broccoli and carrots and cook for approximately 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Remove the vegetables from the pan; place them on a plate and cover.
  • Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel and turn the heat to high. 
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  • Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and add them to the pan in a single layer – you may need to do this step in batches. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the vegetables back to the pan and cook for 2 more minutes or until the vegetables are warmed through.
  • In a bowl whisk together the chicken broth, honey and soy sauce. 
  • In a small bowl mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water.
  • Pour the soy sauce mixture over the chicken and vegetables; cook for 30 seconds. 
  • Add the cornstarch and bring to a boil; cook for 1 more minute or until sauce has just started to thicken.
  • Serve immediately, with rice if desired.


  1. Cut your vegetables into similar sized pieces so that they’ll cook evenly. I recommend slicing the carrots very thin so that they cook quickly.
  2. I recommend using low sodium chicken broth to help control the salt content of the dish. You can also use low sodium soy sauce if you prefer. 


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 990mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g

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  1. 5 stars
    Super easy. I substituted thighs for breasts. Added 1.5 stalks of celery, which added great crunch and flavor. If you are a Blackstone cooker, try this there. Super easy cleanup!! Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    I loved this, I really like a stir fry that doesn’t call for too many ingredients, this was delish and so easy. Served it with brown jasmine.

  3. 5 stars
    If you’re a garlic lover, this recipe is for you! Thanks for such a quick and easy recipe that is packed with flavor.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m a stir fry person as well. Can’t help but love how quickly dinner comes together. This was a tasty combination with all my favorite veggies and plenty of garlic. I know what I’m having for dinner tonight!

  5. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious. I’ve been slowly putting together a list of tasty Asian recipes, and this one has become a heavy part of my rotation.

  6. 5 stars
    This was delicious. Adding to the regular meal rotation. In addition to broccoli and carrots, I added zucchini, mushroom, and onion.

  7. 4 stars
    This is a good stir fry. Next time, I’ll probably cut the soy sauce in half. The honey is a nice touch.

  8. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night. I knew it was going to be good so I doubled the recipe and it’s a good thing I did because everyone wanted seconds.

  9. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner last night and the whole family loved it! Thanks so much for such an awesome chicken recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    I’m always overcrowding my pan and then hate that the meat doesn’t brown! Thanks for the reminder!

  11. 5 stars
    So yummy! Would love to try this!! Thanks for sharing! Would love to cook this and probably store in the refrigerator so I can have a meal prepared available anytime.

  12. I was wondering if the chicken would be easier to fry then cut in pieces then cut up first? Does it make a difference? Thanks.

    1. You could do it that way if you like it doesn’t matter except if you saute it whole, it won’t brown on every side versus cut up chicken.