Honey Garlic Chicken Stirfry

It’s been 5 days since my wisdom teeth came out, and I have to say it was anti-climactic.  I’m sure a lot of the credit for that goes to my fantastic dental surgeon, but my preparations for several days holed up in bed certainly did not come to fruition.

I should have known my control freak nature would win in the end – 5 minutes after the sedation wore off, I was completely aware, and not at all in the sleep-the-afternoon-away drugged state they had warned me to anticipate.  I went to bed anyway, obviously, and Carl kindly took the kids out, but then I sat there twiddling my thumbs, wide awake at 1:00 in the afternoon, so needless to say I got lots of reading done and caught up on lots of computer work!

The recommended liquid diet also lasted about 5 minutes before I didn’t care how many stitches I ruined.  Cold smooth food is the opposite of filling – it is hunger and anger fuel to me.  I am the kind of person who has a baby and the first thing I can think about is who’s heading on a food run.  Boy, girl, that’ll last.  I WILL NOT LAST if someone doesn’t feed me asap. Don’t even talk to me about trying to feed the baby before I’ve had something to eat, because I am going to PASS OUT ON PURPOSE if you try that.  Apparently dental surgery is no different.  (In my current non-hungry state I recognize how ridiculous this sounds but hey, there’s no arguing with blood sugar.  Let’s just be happy I had the self control to leave the chocolate covered almonds alone…)

Have you noticed food is important to me?  I don’t love to cook, to be honest, I just really, really love to eat.

Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry | www.hiddenponies.com

This Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry is exactly the kind of thing I like to eat.  Which means I had to learn how to make it.  My whole family loved this – it’s basically just a take on one of our other favourites, Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry, except this one has the extra step of frying the chicken briefly first to give it a bit of a coating.  You could certainly skip this step and have a perfect 30 minute meal on your hands for busy weeknights.  It’s been too long since I posted an easy dinner recipe – I hope you enjoy this one!

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Honey Garlic Chicken Stirfry
Total time
A quick, healthy stir fry packed with flavour, perfect over rice, quinoa, or pasta.
Recipe type: Dinner, Entree
Serves: 2-4
  • 375 g whole wheat spaghettini
  • 1-2 cups broccoli florets (or any stir fry veggie mix you like)
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut in 1-2" cubes or small strips
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • 2 egg whites
  • SAUCE:
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil to cook noodles according to package directions. Add broccoli to the noodles for the last 4 minutes of cooking time. When done, drain well and toss with 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp olive oil. Put corn starch and egg whites in two separate shallow bowls.
  3. While oil heats, whisk together soy sauce, honey, and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Dip chicken in egg whites, then lightly coat in cornstarch. Add to hot skillet (it should sizzle when you place it in - if not, wait for your oil to heat up more) and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden. Do the chicken in batches if needed. When all the chicken is seared, add sauce mixture and let simmer 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Toss cooked noodles and broccoli with sauce mixture and serve immediately.



  1. says

    Ha, I’m so glad that the wisdom teeth surgery was easier than expected! I found it to be the same, too – I had planned to be bedridden for days, but after the medication wore off after a few hours, I was totally my usual self. Very anticlimactic! Not anti-climactic = this amazing looking dinner. Totally my type of delicious weeknight meal!

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