Almond Chicken: the authentic Chinese main recipe

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
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Looking for a quick and easy recipe for a weekday dinner meal? This Almond Chicken is a super tasty Chinese stir-fry recipe—it’s easy to make, comes together quickly, and is healthy too!

With ingredients like chicken bites, almonds, red peppers, mushrooms, green beans, and onion, you can see why it’s a popular dish for a family meal. Don’t feel like you have to stick to all the ingredients. Feel free to swap it out with other ingredients you have on hand, or ones that are easier to find in a store near you. Because the dish is packed with so many veggies, it’s a great meal to serve for the whole family. Even picky eaters will love this dish!

How to Make Almond Chicken

This dish comes together quickly, so make sure you have all ingredients chopped, measure out, and ready at hand. You start by frying the chicken and vegetables, adding the sauce, and cooking until it thickens. And voila! Dinner is ready!

Tips For Making Almond Chicken

You can use either boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs for this recipe. As long as they’re cut into 1-inch pieces to ensure even cooking.

Feel free to use green or yellow pepper instead of red pepper.

If you can’t find sliced almonds, you can buy whole almonds and slice them yourself. You can also use other nuts like cashews or peanuts.

Feel free to add more veggies to your stir-fry. Try any of the following: broccoli, bamboo shoots, sliced chestnuts, or carrot.

Make the dish vegetarian by using tofu instead of chicken.


What to serve with Almond Chicken

Serve Almond Chicken with steamed rice or cauliflower rice. You can also skip the rice entirely, and serve the almond chicken in lettuce wraps instead.

To make even more delicious the dish served with rice, do not overly dry the sauce you create during preparation. If you want to get more of it, you just need to increase the amount of soy sauce (not the salty one, though) and hot water.

How to Store Almond Chicken

Store leftover almond chicken in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.

It can also be frozen but for no more than one month.

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for the stir-fry
Canola oil
2 tbsp
medium onion, diced
1/4 tsp
boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lb
red bell pepper, diced
mushrooms, sliced
1 cup
green beans, chopped
1 cup
garlic, sliced
2 cloves
ginger, grated
1 tsp
Black pepper to taste
green onions, for garnishing
for the sauce
low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup
Soy sauce
2 tbsp
Hoisin sauce
2 tbsp
toasted sesame oil
1 tsp
Brown sugar
1 tsp
2 tsp


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and salt, and sauté until the onions are translucent.

Add the peppers, and mushrooms, then cook for 3 minutes more until softened.

Add the chicken pieces, season with more salt and pepper, and cook until the chicken is no longer pink (about 7-10 minutes).

Prepare the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together chicken broth, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar and cornstarch.

Pour the sauce over the chicken.

Allow to cook for about 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.

Add green beans.

Stir through the almonds.

Add the green onion.

Mix and let it cook for a few more minutes.

Serve almond chicken and enjoy!

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