Suzanne’s Sweet & Spicy Chinese Chicken Recipe

If you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight Chinese chicken recipe, this is it! I love recipes where most of the ingredients come straight from the pantry, with just a few fresh ingredients needed from the store.

Also, it features our family’s habanero hot sauce which our customers absolutely adore. (Next time one of our technicians visit your home, just ask for a bottle!) Don’t worry, the “spicy” part of this recipe can be dialed up or down, depending on your family’s tastes.

This dish is a surefire hit and so easy to make! Just like Taco Tuesday, I bet this flavorful recipe will make its way into your regular dinner routine.


1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce

4 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger root

2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic

1-2 tablespoons Holtkamp Heatwave Hot Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 or 3 chicken breasts, sliced into 1/4 inch strips

1/2 cup corn starch

salt/pepper to Taste

2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil


Combine soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, hot sauce and red pepper flakes in a bowl and mix together with whisk.

Lightly salt and pepper the chicken strips, then place into a gallon-sized sealed plastic bag with corn starch. Shake to coat the chicken.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the chicken strips using tongs and spread them out evenly so they brown instead of steaming. Cook 1 minute or so per side, then remove to a covered dish. Repeat with remaining chicken strips.

Once chicken is out of pan, briefly whisk sauce mixture and add to hot pan. Let cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add chicken and cook another 1-2 minutes until corn starch coating on chicken helps thicken the sauce.

Serve immediately with Jasmine or Basmati rice, plus a green vegetable like fresh broccoli or snow peas.

Make it Your Own

How to add some crunch: Throw in a handful of chopped raw peanuts, cashews or diced water chestnuts at the end.

Other flavors to consider: chop a few scallions or cilantro leaves and top the dish with them before serving. A scattering of sesame seeds also adds nice texture and flavor.

No matter how you doctor it up, you’ll have a fast, fresh and tasty dinner on the table for your family in no time.



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