Sticky Honey Walnut Chicken Recipe

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If you’re looking for something different to make for dinner tonight, why not try this honey walnut chicken recipe? You may be surprised that Chinese immigrants created honey walnut chicken in America, which is quite delicious.

Honey Walnut Chicken

Start by marinating the chicken with soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and sesame oil. Prepare the dressing by mixing honey, chopped walnuts, and black pepper.

Cook the chicken, pour the sauce over and cook until the sauce has thickened slightly, then serve.

You can add pecans, almonds, or even pistachios for toasting the walnuts to enhance the flavor of the honey walnut chicken. You can also add panko breadcrumbs for the ultimate crispy coating.

You can serve honey walnut chicken on a toasted bun with lettuce and tomato for a crispy chicken sandwich.

Follow these simple instructions, and you will have delicious Honey Walnut Chicken. We will provide you the steps to make honey walnut chicken and essential ingredients and equipment for this recipe. 

What Equipment Will You Need To Make Honey Walnut Chicken?

  • Mixing Bowl – Prepare the honey mixture for the honey walnut chicken in a mixing bowl. 
  • Saucepan – Cook the sliced and coated chicken breasts until crisper and brown in a saucepan. 
  • Food Processor – Pulse whole walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. 
  • Knife – You will need a sharp knife to slice the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces to make the best dish.
  • Spatula – Use a flat-surfaced spatula to combine all the ingredients well and to avoid lumps.
  • Chopping Board – Place a chopping board under the chicken breast before chopping it.
  • Serving Dish – Serve the dish in a serving dish and garnish with diced green onion. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Honey Walnut Chicken?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
5 Minutes30 Minutes35 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Honey Walnut Chicken?

  • Chicken Breast – Cut chicken breasts, the key ingredient, into bite-sized pieces for easy marinating. 
  • Honey – Add just the right amount of honey to the dipping sauce
  • Walnuts – Walnuts will take on the sauce’s flavor and get caramelized in the honey sauce when cooked with the chicken. 
  • Green Onions – Garnish green onion to add that allum onion flavor and give the chicken a crunchy texture. 
  • Garlic – Garlic will give the honey mixture a crunchy, salty, and spicy flavor. 
  • Soy Sauce – Soy Sauce will give salty, sweet and savory flavors, giving the final bitter note to the honey mixture. 
  • Vegetable Oil – Cook the sliced chicken breast in vegetable oil until crisper to give a crunchy bite. 
  • Sesame Oil –  Add sesame oil to the honey mixture for a nutty, slightly sweet taste and aroma. 
  • Rice vinegar – Rice vinegar will add a sweet and tart flavor to the honey mixture.
  • Salt – This universal flavor improver will increase the honey mixture’s sweet, sour, and savory taste.
  • Black Pepper – Add and sprinkle black pepper in chicken breasts and honey mixture to add a piney and citrusy note. 
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Steps To Make Honey Walnut Chicken

1. Cook The Chicken Breast

Slice the chicken breast into bite-size pieces. Season the chicken lightly with salt and black pepper to taste. Add the chicken to the saucepan and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Don’t cook the chicken all the way through. Remove from the pan. Meanwhile, the chicken is cooking, start making the sauce. 

2. Marinate The Chicken Breast

Whisk together honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside.

Place the sliced chicken breasts in a large saucepan. Pour the honey mixture over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well coated.

Cover the saucepan with a lid and cook the coated chicken breasts for 25 minutes. 

3. Prepare The Walnuts

Pulse whole walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Now remove the lid after 25 minutes and sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the top of the chicken breasts. 

Cook uncovered chicken breasts for 10 minutes more until the chicken is cooked and the sauce is bubbly and slightly thickened. Serve immediately and garnish with diced green onions and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Calories664 kcal
Total Fat42 g
Polyunsaturated Fat19 g
Cholesterol 170 mg
Sodium582 mg
Carbohydrates 37 g
Fiber5 g
Proteins39 g

How Will Honey Walnut Chicken Look And Taste Like?

The taste of honey walnut chicken is sweet and nutty with a hint of savory flavor. The chicken is coated in a sticky, sweet sauce with honey and walnuts. The dish is usually served over rice or noodles.

Recipe Card

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Honey Walnut Chicken Recipe

Honey Walnut Chicken is made with deep-fried chicken coated in a sweet, sticky sauce. The dish is often served with steamed broccoli and rice.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 664 kcal

Equipment

Saucepan
Food Processor
Serving Dish
Knife
Chopping Board

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Chicken Breast (cut into small cubes)
  • ½ cup Honey
  • ½ cup Walnuts (chopped)
  • ½ cup Green Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Slice the chicken breast into bite-size pieces.
  • Season the chicken lightly with salt and black pepper to taste. Add the chicken to the saucepan and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Don’t cook the chicken all the way through. Remove from the pan.
  • Whisk together honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Place the sliced chicken breasts in a large saucepan. Pour the honey mixture over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well coated.
  • Cover the saucepan with the lid and cook the coated chicken breasts for 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the walnuts. Pulse whole walnuts in a food processor until finely chopped.
  • After 25 minutes, remove the lid and sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the top of the chicken breasts.
  • Cook uncovered chicken breasts for 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the sauce is bubbly and slightly thickened.
  • Serve immediately over steamed rice and garnish with green onions. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 42g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 582mg | Fiber: 5g
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is walnut chicken sauce made of?

In a food processor bowl, combine chopped walnuts, minced garlic, honey, and soy sauce and process until you have a smooth paste. Set it aside. 

What to eat with honey walnut chicken?

Add steamed rice or fried rice. Serve it with Spicy Chinese Sichuan Green Beans, your favorite steamed vegetables, or even cauliflower rice.

What is the secret to good fried chicken?

Most Southern fried chicken recipes start with seasoning, whether it’s buttermilk, milk, eggs, or pickle juice. Adding plenty of salt to this mixture can help your chicken stay moist.

Conclusion

This recipe for honey walnut chicken is a delicious and easy way to make an Asian-inspired dish at home. The chicken is coated in a sweet and savory sauce and then cooked to perfection. 

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