Cold Weather Comfort Food: Honey Garlic Chicken

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

Okay, it’s Saturday, and I want a stress-free dinner. I’ve got some leftover chicken from a Poulet en Cocotte that I made the other day… that’s a start.

I usually make a nice chicken soup with the leftovers; however, this time I wanted something different. But it had to be simple to make, based on ingredients I already had on hand (I don’t want to go shopping), yet tasty…

Something to warm me up on a cool Autumn evening by the fire.

This is a stress-free dish... sometimes the simplest recipes produce the absolute best results.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
3 or 4
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

PLAN/PURCHASE

1 lb
leftover cooked chicken, 1/2-inch dice (dark and/or white)

THE RICE

2 Tbsp
grapeseed oil
1 clove
garlic, minced
1 c
long-grain white rice
1/2 c
green peas, frozen variety
1/2 c
carrots, small dice
1 1/2 c
warm water

THE SAUCE

1/2 c
clover honey
4 clove
garlic, minced
2 Tbsp
tamari sauce
1 pinch
cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp
arrowroot powder

Step-By-Step

1PREP/PREPARE
2THE RICE
3Gather your ingredients.
4Add the oil to a saucepan over medium heat.
5When the oil begins to shimmer, add the minced garlic and then stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
6Add the rice.
7Toss until completely coated in the oil.
8Add the carrots and peas, and toss with the rice.
9Add the water.
10Bring up to a simmer.
11Cover and allow the rice to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
12Remove from heat, fluff up with a fork, recover and reserve.
13THE SAUCE
14Gather your ingredients.
15Add the honey, garlic, tamari sauce, and cayenne to a saucepan over medium heat.
16Add the arrowroot powder to 1/4 cup warm water.
17Add to the saucepan, and combine.
18Stir until the sauce begins to thicken, about 3 to 4 minutes.
19Add the chicken and fold into the sauce.
20Continue to stir over low heat until the chicken is warmed through.
21PLATE/PRESENT
22Place some rice on a plate, and top with the chicken and sauce, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
23Chef's Note: This sauce is very sweet, I found that a splash of tamari, or soy sauce helps to balance out the flavors, and gives it a sweet/sour taste.
24Serve with chopsticks (for the adventurous) or a fork (for the timid), and perhaps even a nice glass of chardonnay. Enjoy.
25Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Asian
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free, Low Fat, Wheat Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom