Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Stir Fry

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Easy to make for family dinner and better than takeout, this Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Stir Fry is a crowd-pleaser. Packed with veggies and protein, this stir fry is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free too. Just a touch of spice is perfect with the sweetness in the sauce. So the next time you’re craving takeout, this recipe is the answer!

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Sweet Chili Sauce makes pretty much everything delicious. The only problem is it’s made up almost entirely of white sugar! So for a while now I’ve eliminated it from our refrigerator.

However, like I said it’s incredibly delicious. So I finally came up with a healthier version to get this wonderful sauce back in our lives!

Since I err on the side of easy in my recipes, (or read lazy/strapped for time) my chili sauce would probably be qualified as a hack. This means only good things because you don’t even need to make a sauce on the stove. You just stir a couple of ingredients together and you’re in business!

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Now let’s dive into how to make this Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Stir Fry

All the veggies prepped for the Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry!
  • You’re going to start by prepping all the veggies and chicken first.
  • Then mix the sauce.
  • Once everything is prepped, then you’re ready to stir fry!
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For the stir fry, first you sauté the chicken, then remove it from the pan. Next up sauté the veggies until crisp tender and the color is still bright like the above photo.

Finally, add the chicken back into the pan along with the chili sauce. Cook for just long enough for the sauce to thicken and be thoroughly mixed in. Then serve it with freshly steamed rice/cauliflower rice, or even all on its own.

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Ways to serve this

  • Serve this Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Stir Fry with freshly steamed rice or cauliflower rice. We prefer steamed Jasmine rice best, but Basmati is very good too. You can also serve this over brown rice or quinoa as well.
  • For a change, try this stir fry over vermicelli rice noodles or pad Thai rice noodles instead of rice. I’ve even served it over gluten-free ramen noodles which is a tasty variation as well.
  • Add another veggie with my Asian Cucumber Salad.

Tips & Tricks

  • My best tip for stir-fries is to be careful not to overcook the chicken! It is easy to overcook it at high heat. So begin taking a piece out to break and apart and see if it’s cooked earlier than you’d think. You can also use chicken thighs if desired, they’re more forgiving and don’t dry out as easily.
  • Any stir fry tastes the best when cooked over high heat. The high heat is what gives you that ‘seared’ flavor.
  • To get the most out of your broccoli, peel the tough outer layer away from the stem with a peeler. Then just slice up the stem like you would a carrot! I love the stem of broccoli because it’s a bit sweeter and milder in flavor.
  • Chicken is easier to cut up if it’s partially frozen, (even just 20 minutes in the freezer really helps).
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Storing leftovers

  • To store – place any leftover stir fry into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Make ahead – any stir fry is best eaten right away, but you can prep the veggies and refrigerate for up to 2 days before cooking. You can also mix the sauce up to 2 days ahead of time and refrigerate it.
  • Reheating – place the leftovers in a skillet and reheat covered over low heat, adding water if necessary to keep it from sticking. I like to add any leftover rice to the pan as well with a touch of water to soften it again.
  • To freeze – I don’t recommend freezing any stir fry because they are mushy when thawed.

Dietary Options & Substitutions

  • Whole30 – use the red pepper flakes instead of chili paste and omit the honey.
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I hope you enjoy this Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Stir Fry! If you do get a chance to make this recipe, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry


4.80 from 5 votes
Author: Kari Peters
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Course: Dinner

INGREDIENTS  

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts - cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 red bell pepper - cored, seeded, and sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 2 small heads of broccoli
  • 2 large carrots - peeled and sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 3 small zucchini - or 1 large

Sweet Chili Sauce:

  • 1 tsp tapioca starch - or cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos - or gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sambal oelek chili paste - or 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2-4 tbsp honey - add to your taste

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Start by prepping all parts of the stir fry before beginning to cook.
  • Cut both ends off the onion, peel away the tough outer layer, and slice in half from the top to the bottom. Lay each half flat side down and slice across the rounded top to create half-moon slices.
  • For the broccoli, peel the tough outer layer of the stem with a peeler and slice the stem into 1/4" thick slices. When you reach the florets, break them apart into roughly 1/2" pieces.
  • Cut both ends off the zucchini and quarter them lengthwise. Then slice across the quarters into 1/4" thick triangular slices.
  • For the chili sauce, mix the tapioca starch and coconut aminos in a bowl until the tapioca starch is completely dissolved and there are no lumps. Mix in the chili paste and the honey, don't worry if the honey is clumpy, it will dissolve in the pan.
  • Heat a large 15" skillet over high heat. When the pan is almost smoking, add 2 Tablespoons of the avocado oil and sear the cubed chicken for about 2 minutes on each side to create a nicely browned exterior. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
  • Add the remaining 2 Tablespoons of avocado oil to the pan along with the onion, bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, and minced garlic.
  • Sauté the veggies for about 4 minutes, or until they're just starting to soften. Add the zucchini and stir fry for an additional 2 minutes or until the zucchini begins to soften and all the veggies are crisp-tender.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan along with the chili sauce.
  • Cook just until the chicken is cooked completely through and serve immediately.
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NOTES

All the veggies for this recipe should be about 8 ounces each. You can mix and match whatever you’d like for total of 2 1/2 pounds of veggies!
The nutritional information is calculated for 4 servings with 2 Tablespoons of honey.
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keywords: Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry, Sweet Thai Chili Chicken

nutrition facts

Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 1847mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 9059IU | Vitamin C: 331mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 3mg
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19 thoughts on “Sweet Thai Chili Chicken Stir Fry”

  1. 5 stars
    I love a good stir fry! I have extra zucchini I was just looking for a recipe to use with. This will be perfect! I can’t wait to try your recipe.

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    • You can use frozen veggies, but they are much softer in texture than fresh. When I use them I just add them to the pan straight from the freezer. Firmer veggies are my favorite for stir fries like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and green beans. I sure hope this helps, and let me know how it goes or if you have anymore questions!

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    • I use a bag of frozen stir fry mix by Great Value (Wal-Mart brand and is only $2.33) it includes broccoli, bell pepper, onion, water chestnut, baby corm, snap peas and I think carrots as well.

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  2. I usually only comment if I have actually made it and I have yet to enjoy this one.
    I have also cut most white sugar out of diet and appreciate your “hack” to make sweet chili sauce! I also dig your way of describing how to chop up your veggie’s.

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    • I hope you enjoy it, I love this chili sauce hack because it’s so quick and tastes just like the processed version!

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  3. 4 stars
    If I was lazy and just wanted to use the store-bought chili sauce…how much would I need?

    Thanks love the Flathead Valley……we used to have a condo in Big Fork

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    • I think about 1/2 cup of store-bought chili sauce should work, but I would start with less and keep adding until it tastes right to you, (I always say that it’s easier to keep adding more than to try and take it back out)! That’s neat that you used to have a condo in Big Fork, I guess it’s a small world after all! I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions. 🙂

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  4. This looks delicious Kari, I’m a huge fan of stir-fries (I probably make them twice a week). Thanks for the tip with the broccoli stems too. I tried shredding them once for a slaw of sorts, but really disliked how they tasted. I’ll have to try peeling them next time! 🙂

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    • That tough outer layer on the broccoli stem seems to be really bitter, once it’s peeled the middle is quite sweet.

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  5. I made this last night and it was epic. Such a good balance of flavors and texture.
    I’m so going to make it again!

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    • I’m so glad to hear you liked it because it’s quickly become a new favorite around here! I made a double batch to take with us while we were camping last weekend, and we ate if for days w/o getting tired of it!

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  6. Stir fries are the best! Sadly, I’m discovered that most store bought sauces are loaded in white sugars! So wonder it takes so sweet. now that I’ve eliminated most white sugar from my diet, my stir fries would taste like dessert. I need to make your sweet chili sauce instead. I have some organic honey to use that I bought from a local farm. You’re inspiring me eat the broccoli stem here too, I’m a broccoli stem hater here, but sweeter and milder sounds good to me, I need to re-valuate =)

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    • I think you’ll change your mind once you peel it, the broccoli stem is so tough if it isn’t peeled! I’m always surprised at how sweet food tastes when I eat out now that I’ve cut out almost all sugar from my diet too, good thing homemade sauces are really easy to make!

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