Cold Weather Comfort Food: Honey Garlic Chicken

Andy Anderson !


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.


★★★★★ 1 vote

3 or 4
30 Min
25 Min
Stove Top



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

  • 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

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

How to Make Cold Weather Comfort Food: Honey Garlic Chicken


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

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About Cold Weather Comfort Food: Honey Garlic Chicken

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

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